I had an interesting dream a couple of nights ago. I am not presuming the dream was from God. It was likely just my subconcious thoughts and feelings.
In the dream, a person laid hands on me to pray for me. I was aware of the anointing and power of God being imparted. I haven't had hands laid on me in a long time (in a ministry way).
The person in the dream then spoke, "You've been thinking, and thinking, and thinking, but the Lord says, you will once again prophesy and be a blessing to others."
I felt a sense of hope in those words, as much from the promise to bless others as from the promise to prophesy.
Although God is expanding my understanding of ministry, blessing, and serving, I sometimes miss the kind of ministry that we were involved in at church.
I have seen the abuses and misuses of prophecy both from professionals and from novices. We have all probably met those people who believe that every thought in their head is from God. This is especially dangerous in leaders who begin to believe that all of their thoughts and decisions are authorized by God.
We hear many cautions about not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I think a season of dormancy is sometimes helpful to allow inaccuracies to be weeded out and for growth to happen in a healthier way.
Yet, I still would agree with Paul in saying that I wish that everyone would prophesy. I love being around people who hear from God and listening as they share what He has spoken to them recently. It is as common for me to ask my husband what he's heard from God today as it is to ask him what he heard on the news.
As the people of God, we, his sheep, know His voice. It is so awesome to give people an understanding that God is speaking and that they have the ability to hear Him, if they have never known or experienced that before. Whether that is ever applied in a ministry setting, it is always an important part of your relationship with the Father.
In walking with God, I follow His voice. Today, I prophesy in the sense that at times the words I speak or the thoughts I have originate from Him. However, I don't qualify my words as being from Him. It is more just how I live.
I don't know if we will every prophesy "in the assembly" again, but my mind is open to the possibility.