So, last week, Guy took us through an en-visioning of the moments immediately after the Prodigal Son is given the robe and the ring, knowing there is about to be a party thrown in his honour. His honour?! After all he had done?! After wasting his inheritance?!
As Guy unpacked this, we were encouraged to use our 'prophetic imagination' to work through the intervening moments. There you are, the son/daughter, and the Father is standing there before you. You've scrubbed up, put on the robe, and have this family signet on your finger. What do you say? What does the Father say? What happens in that moment?
When we talk about 'prophetic imagination', we believe that God can harness even our imagination to speak to us. That in fact, using our imagination means God might talk to us in ways that don't even fit our current experiences or world-views. And that this imagination can indeed become a prophetic word over our lives, as God calls things out that need to be created, woken up, restored or revived within us.
And as we did this exercise together, I'm sure there were different experiences for all. Some will have found it easy to imagine a conversation with the Father, some not so easy. Maybe experiences of our own lives can define the ease (or not) with which we can engage in this sort of intimate, life-revealing conversation with Father God.
If you want to explore this whole area more - why not take a listen to the Podcast here and see what happens when you engage with your imagination in this way. We'd love to hear your comments on what happens!
"I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the all-glorious Father, may confer on you the spiritual gifts of wisdom and vision; with the knowledge of him that they bring. I pray that your inward eyes may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope to which he calls you, how rich and glorious is the share he offers you among his people in their inheritance, and how vast are the resources of his power open to us who have faith."