Jennifer LeClarire's book, The Making of A Prophet, is exciting if you have an inkling that you are prophetically gifted. Regardless of whether you have this suspicion or not, this book has a lot to teach anybody who fellowships within a prophetic community. Jennifer is a very busy lady and has written this book out of years of varied experiences in the secular world and church ministry. She is an Editor at Charisma magazine, is heavily involved in local and itinerant ministry, and writes prolifically, online and in print. She is a Prophet and Revivalist, and much more. She is a wealth of information, testimony and wisdom.
I have been reading some of Jennifer’s writing online and noticed the title of this book. After many years of learning about prophetic gifting and walking in different prophetic communities, I still had many unanswered questions. Whether this book serves to explain some of the experiences that you have had, or leads you to believe that your gifts are in other areas, this book has things to teach all of us. It will answer unspoken questions for each of us. Even if we haven’t given prophesies, we may be the recipient of them, and the importance of discernment is explained in its pages.
Jennifer teaches that all of us are called to prophesy on some level, in that we are all called to the I Corinthians 14:3 task; “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” Ephesians 4:11 lists The Prophet as one of five-fold ministry positions that are served in the church. If you think and act prophetically, then you fall somewhere on this continuum of your level of prophetic giftedness.
Jennifer makes it clear that the making of a prophet is a painstaking, arduous process. Count the cost, she says, and proceed with caution.
Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” This is as true today as it was in Old Testament times. Jennifer explains how sin can cloud and distort God’s messages, in both reception and presentation. The Prophet must walk in righteousness, despite the fact that the fires of purification and spiritual warfare may be more common to the prophetically gifted individual than people gifted in some of the other ways. She explains that prophets are often misunderstood and explains why.
This book is thorough but easy to read. I have read several books on the prophetic gift and found some of them dry and difficult to follow. Jennifer is a conversational writer and tells it like it is. She doesn’t sugar-coat the life of the prophetic person in any way. Her testimony of the process that God has taken her through is vulnerable and humble. She gives her calling the honor that it deserves and seeks to bring glory to her King, not herself.
The chapters on holiness, pride, the judgmental spirit, rebellion, envy, fear, rejection, persecution, and more, all are thorough warnings of the land mines that lay in the prophet’s path. Not all come through unscathed. In fact, she explains that most people will fall into sin of some type, in this process. It's not easy to walk in holiness. The way can be difficult. Humility and repentance are available to those who see their errors and get back up again. God’s grace is endless. A growing, intimate relationship with Him is the essential ground on which this gift set is built.
She reminds us of the importance of our words when we give them as God’s representatives. We should not take speaking for God lightly.
Jennifer keeps a close eye on what is going on in the church around her. She has keen insight and shares a tremendous amount of wisdom in this book. If you would like to know more about the prophetic ministry, this book is an excellent and practical one-book study on the topic. I should mention that I opened it at the pool. I had brought it, along with an adventure novel. I have not since opened the adventure novel. I will now, since I have completed this book. It drew me in and I did not want to let even the smallest gem of wisdom fall to the sand. I knew that I had found the book to recommend people on this topic.
You may be surprised to understand that your life has not been a random series of difficult events. You may understand, instead, that God has been taking you through the process that Jennifer calls “The Making of A Prophet.” Even if you believe that your prophetic gifting is on a more personal level, you will see what needs to happen to grow in this gifting. You will see that God intends to use each of us to strengthen, encourage and comfort one another. You will understand more of how you are in the process of being equipped to take your part in the building of His Kingdom.
Quotes from The Making of A Prophet
by Jennifer LeClaire
“True power comes from realizing that He has already made you holy, and deciding by your will and reliance on God’s grace to walk it out.”
“There is true power in humility. If you walk in humility, God will use you in greater ways than you could ever imagine.”
“God is not looking for opportunities to judge and condemn people. He is looking for opportunities to love and bless people.”
“The spiritually proud prophet does not need a large kingdom to call his own in order to feel superior. Regardless of how much influence he actually holds, the spiritually proud prophet sees himself as more discerning, more anointed, more eloquent, more revelatory, more important and, otherwise, well, more spiritual than everybody else.
Make sure that is not you.”
“If you behave as if an eternal God is watching–and He is–you develop fear of the Lord that leads to wisdom.”