The job of a prophet is not without risk. There is the possibility of getting so enamored of the power of the position that one hears his own thoughts rather than the word of God from the Lord.
Power is a heady commodity. It tends to make people believe they are more than they actually are. We’ve all seen the local politician who forgets that his position is to represent the people who elected him. He decides what he thinks is best for the community rather than acting as the representative for the people.
When one is a prophet of God, one needs to be very sure of the source of his information. The word of God will not be denied. And God will not be mocked nor misrepresented.
The result of misconstruing God’s word is dire. To be cast away from the presence of the Lord, to be shamed for eternity, these are consequences to be assiduously avoided.
Tune our ears to Your voice alone. Let us not be lured by the voices of our dreams or petty aspirations. Give us the grace to know Your voice from all others.
In Jesus’ most precious name.