Last year I reviewed both John Eckhardt’s books Prophetic Activation and Prophets Arise. Both of these books are powerful in what they present to those who believe that they have either been called to be a prophet or have a desire to understand the call of a prophet in the Church today. My most recent reading of John Eckhardt’s book The Prophet’s Manual: A Guide to Sustaining Your Prophetic Gift is exactly what it proclaims to be.
This manual is organized into four distinct parts. The prophet’s call to ministry, the prophet’s role in the church and culture, getting activated, and staying in the flow. Each section serves to guide, encourage, strengthen, and revive the prophet. It also serves to inform those who are called to work in relationship with the prophet. Don’t mistake the fact that just because this is called the Prophet’s Manual, that there is also instruction given for those who are apostles, pastors, evangelist and teachers. As the prophet is called to bring their God-given anointing to the arena where the saints might be perfected, there is a co-laboring that must take place with the others of the five-fold offices.
In as much as the Bible itself is God’s manual for sustaining the life of the believer, John Eckhardt seeks to pull all of the wisdom within the Bible that pertains to the call of the prophet, so that those who are called and commissioned as prophets might have a true resource that will equip them and preserve them in their charge. I would also go so far as to say that this is a great companion resource for any Christian.
This isn’t just for the prophet alone. It is for anyone who wants to understand the prophet and how they effectively can co-labor with them. Whether you feel that call to the prophetic or not, you will find this book valuable. If you believe that this is the season and time for a royal priesthood, holy nation and prophetic people to rise us and take their place, put this book on your list of books to read.