Prophecy is the foundation of an effective worship ministry. Let’s look at how prophetic worship and instrumental music go together and how to develop the prophetic. I will share from my experience, how I developed it in an easy and simple way. Everybody can grow in the prophetic, we just need some guidelines and the desire to grow and improve in it.
Partnering with the Milan House of Prayer, I and other 2 musicians were covering a slot of two hours per week and neither of us was a singer! That was not an easy task to accomplish, but since we loved challenges, we were happy to give it a try. This turned out to be one of the biggest growing experiences I have ever had.
In that time, I developed a great sensibility to the Holy Spirit and also how to express in music what we were feeling without using words. We had to express through an art form the message, the feeling, and the atmosphere that God wanted us to create.
Before we start, it’s important that we understand what prophecy is in order to apply it in our playing and in our art. Paul shares with the church of Corinth how he wishes that everybody would prophesy, and how the purpose of prophecy is edification, exhortation, and comforting one another (1 Cor 14:1-3).
So if we want to play prophetic worship and instrumental music, sing, paint, dance, or whatever form of communication we use, it has to be to edify, exhort, and comfort. This can at least be our starting point.
Prophecy is a tool that God has given to His church in order to bless others and reveal His love. By using music and other forms of art, we are doing the same thing, just with a different language.
Steps and guidelines
At the time when we played at the House of Prayer, we would get together before our session and ask God to reveal to us a passage, a scripture, or a Psalm. Once we had received it, we would move from there.
This could be an example with some guidelines from my experience. Let’s say that in prayer we have received Psalm 85, which starts with the people crying out to God, asking Him to come back and bless the land as He did in the past.
- We have to create the atmosphere of the scripture that has been revealed to us. If it’s joy, our music or art will create a joyful environment. If it’s repentance, we will create that feeling and so on. With Psalm 85, we would start with a feeling of sadness and mourning.
- Once we have created that atmosphere of sadness, we will need to understand when and how to move on. Looking at the Psalm, we can see a transition from mourning to hope. The psalmist knows and is sure that God will speak words of peace to His people and that He will bless the land like he used to.
- Now we will need to change the feelings we were expressing, and have a transition from the first part to the other one. During the transition, we may feel the Holy Spirit moving us toward a time where we experience peace, so that is what we will need to reproduce.
- Toward the end, we will probably start to feel the joy coming into the room, and we will have the freedom to express it through our music and our art.
Prophetic worship and instrumental music
Music has the ability to create space for God to move. In scripture we see Elisha asking for a musician before he would minister to the king, and when the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him (2 Kings 3:15). We also see that when David played for Saul, the spirit that was tormenting Saul would leave.
I would say that there is always a connection between music and the spiritual realm. Music is able to play the strings of our hearts, and is able to connect people and draw them together! Secular players also know this; while playing, musicians and the audience can experience and feel the spiritual connection. Jimmy Hendrix said: “Music is a spiritual thing.”
We could summarize by saying that music is able to tune our spirit by touching and connecting our emotions so prophetic worship and instrumental music go hand in hand.
Moving in unity
I would say that if we apply some simple principles, moving in unity can be very easy and joyful.
- Listen to each other: there is nothing better than being a musician who listens to the other musicians. Not only will the interaction be easier, but also when someone takes initiative, it will be clearer and easier to follow.
- Be a follower: be willing to support the others if the Spirit leads them in a different direction.
- If you take initiative, make sure that the others are following you.
It is better to be together and go slowly, rather than being by yourself and going very far. With this, I mean that if someone is feeling to make a transition but nobody is ready for it, or they are not understanding it, be patient. I’m sure you will get where you need to go later on in the session.
Playing with real freedom
Feeling free and playing freely does not mean that I can show everybody how good I am. Being sensitive to what is going on around me and moving in unity is always the best way.
As people, we are often in need of affirmation. Those of us who are artists, due to our sensitivities, have a tendency to be quite hurt from any misunderstandings or judgments we may have previously experienced.
If there is something I would recommend, it’s to be very careful that we never use art and the stage to find approval and recognition from people. It’s always nice to hear that you are a good artist, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, we need to be sure that our purpose in our prophetic worship and instrumental music, is not getting recognized personally but focusing 100% on God. Being a blessing is real freedom.
If we keep our minds and focus on Jesus, it will be much easier to accomplish our goals and we will be a tool in the hands of God.
Hope you enjoyed, feel free to ask any question or to leave comment below. God bless.
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