Pray that the saints would be perfected to speak with the three constituting elements of prophesying, the second of which is the instant inspiration of the Holy Spirit—the divine element of inspiration (1 Cor. 14:32, 37; 1 John 1:7; Rom. 8:4; Gal. 5:16a, 25; 2 Tim. 4:22a).

1 Cor. 14:32—And the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.

1 Cor. 14:37—If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him fully know the things which I write to you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.

1 John 1:7—But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin.

Rom. 8:4—That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.

Gal. 5:16a, 25—But I say, Walk by the Spirit…If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

2 Tim. 4:22a—The Lord be with your spirit.

Hymns, #782, stanzas 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6:

How mysterious, O Lord,
That Thy Spirit dwells in mine;
Oh how marvelous it is—
Into one, two spirits twine.

By the spirit I can walk,
Spiritual in spirit be;
By the spirit I can serve
And in spirit worship Thee.

Make my spirit strong I pray—
Others’ spirits to revive;
Lift my spirit high and free—
Others’ spirits then may thrive.

Every time I speak, O Lord,
May my spirit actuate;
And whatever I may do,
Let my spirit motivate.

Every time my spirit acts,
Others’ spirits opened be;
Every time my spirit moves,
Others’ spirits unto Thee.


Second, we must have the instant inspiration of the Holy Spirit…We must be persons living in the fellowship of the Lord all day long. All day long we should be enjoying the current of the Spirit. As persons abiding in the Lord in fellowship with Him, we can have the inspiration of the Spirit at any time. (CWWL, 1988, vol. 4, “The Excelling Gift for the Building Up of the Church,” ch. 3, p. 472)

A ready spirit is a spirit that is always one with the Lord, the Spirit, fellowshipping with Him, remaining with Him, and abiding in Him. When we have such a ready spirit, we can have the spiritual inspiration at any time. We can even tell the Lord, “Please give me the inspiration. I am ready in my spirit, and I have to prophesy.” To prophesy we need the knowledge of the Word and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The knowledge of the Word is constant, and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is instant. The instant inspiration depends upon our constant readiness. We have to be constantly ready in our spirit to receive the instant inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (CWWL, 1988, vol. 4, “The Present Advance of the Lord’s Recovery,” ch. 4, p. 564)

[W]e need the instant inspiration of the indwelling Spirit that stirs up our spirit to speak. We are different from the Old Testament prophets. In the Old Testament the saints did not have the Spirit indwelling them. They had to wait until the Spirit came upon them before they could speak for the Lord (2 Chron. 15:1; Ezek. 11:5). However, the New Testament says, “The Lord be with your spirit” (2 Tim. 4:22). We do not need the Spirit to come upon us, because we always have Him in our human spirit. Therefore, we should not wait for the Spirit to come upon us; rather, we should exercise our spirit. When we exercise our spirit, the Holy Spirit who is indwelling our spirit will be moved by us, and we will have the inspiration. It is not He who moves us, but it is we who move the indwelling Spirit. If we remain clear with the Lord by confessing our failures, we will have a direct, open fellowship with Him. He is in our spirit, and we are in Him. When we come to the meeting, we need only to exercise our spirit and say, “Lord Jesus, I want to speak.” Then He will rise up, and we can speak according to our experience with the utterance that we have gained and with the enlightenment that we have. (CWWL, 1990, vol. 2, “The Practice of Prophesying,” ch. 1, p. 342)

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