Pray that the saints would be perfected by the prophets, the gifted members of the Body, and would also pick up the burden to perfect others to prophesy (Num. 11:29b; 1 Cor. 14:24-25, 31; Eph. 4:11-12).

Num. 11:29b—Oh that all Jehovah’s people were prophets, that Jehovah would put His Spirit upon them!

1 Cor. 14:24-25—But if all prophesy and some unbeliever or unlearned person enters, he is convicted by all, he is examined by all; the secrets of his heart become manifest; and so falling on his face, he will worship God, declaring that indeed God is among you.

1 Cor. 14:31—For you can all prophesy one by one that all may learn and all may be encouraged.

Eph. 4:11-12—And He Himself gave some as apostles and some as prophets and some as evangelists and some as shepherds and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ.

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We are also enabled to prophesy by being perfected by the prophets (Eph. 4:12). There are some among us who can do the prophesying work. We should receive the perfecting from these ones. The gifted prophets among us should contact some of the dear saints. Then these saints can be perfected to prophesy. We all must have a new start in speaking for the Lord. (CWWL, 1989, vol. 4, “The Advance of the Lord’s Recovery Today,” ch. 7, p. 104)

If we practice this fellowship, we will be perfected unto the work of the ministry. In other words, we will be perfected to prophesy for the building up of the church as the Body of Christ. Then we have to go to others to perfect them. If we all do this, all of us will become prophets. How good it would be for all the saints in the Lord’s recovery to be prophets in this way! Some of the sisters may wonder whether or not they can do such a work. In the Old Testament there were both male and female prophets (Exo. 15:20; Judg. 4:4; 2 Kings 22:14), and according to the New Testament, women can prophesy (1 Cor. 11:5; Acts 2:17-18; 21:9). This is why Paul says that when the whole church comes together, all can prophesy (1 Cor. 14:31). Both the brothers and the sisters can prophesy. I hope that we would receive the perfecting fellowship in this chapter and practice it. Then we can go to others with this fellowship and perfect them from house to house the way the apostle Paul did…

If we put these points into practice, it will be easy for us to prophesy. After two weeks of practicing, we can pick up the burden to perfect others. After another two weeks, the ones whom we perfect will be able to do the same thing, and they will perfect others. Then the churches will be filled with this kind of living perfecting. After two months of such activity, the churches will be revived and stirred up. (CWWL, 1988, vol. 4, “The Excelling Gift for the Building Up of the Church,” ch. 3, pp. 473, 475)

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