What is a Prophet’s Reward?

By Robert T. Bailey, PharmD, MD

Some of the Content from Apostle Jane Hamon

Matthew 10:41
New King James Version Words of Jesus Christ

41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward.
And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

This principle is clearly taught in the Bible. The widow of Zarephath received Elijah as a prophet, because he was a prophet; otherwise she would likely have refused to extend to him the hospitality he requested of her (1 Kings 17:9–16). And as a reward for her kindness to him, she received from God an ample supply of food during a drought. And later on, Elijah revived her son from the dead and restored him to life (1 Kings 17:16-23).

The same was true of the Shunammite woman who received Elisha into her home. For she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there” (2 Kings 4:8–10). For her kindness, God rewarded her by giving her a son for she was barren.  And that son was also raised back to life after he got sick and died (2 Kings 4:161734–37).

We see in this critical verse of scripture given by our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus that there is a reward associated with the office of the Prophet of God and in the case of both Elijah and Elisha when the widow of Zarephath received Elijah and the Shunammite women received Elisha both women received their sons back from the dead.  Jesus, the great Prophet of God brings us back to life in our Spirit which He joins with His Holy Spirit when we are born again, and Jesus will raise our physical bodies back to life on His second coming to planet earth.

Apostle Jane teaches us that we have several examples of people being blessed, rewarded and advanced because they received a prophet or a prophetic message.  In all examples in the Bible the receiving was not a passive response of hearing a word and hoping something good would happen, but rather one that required active alignment, an expectant attitude and corresponding action.  The Prophet’s Reward released rapid fulfillment of the things God had promised.  In most cases, the prophecy was fulfilled almost instantly, without delay.  The Prophet’s Reward brings an acceleration of the process of divine fulfillment.

The Shunammite woman is one of the best examples.  This woman is wealthy but has no child.  She did not have need of anything but just wanted the anointing in her home, knowing it would bring a continued blessing in her life. 2 Kings 8

Prophets release provision.  In 1 Kings 17, Elijah had a word from God to go to a widow at Zarephath to be fed during a time of famine.  She only had a tiny bit of flour and oil left and he ask her to make him a small cake to eat.  He gave her a promise that if she did this the bin of flour would not empty and the oil would not run dry, and she and her household ate for months until the famine was broken.

Prophets will bring generational continuity.  In 2 Kings 4 he instructed the widow of a prophet left in debt to gather as many vessels as she could and begin to pour the oil into the vessels.  Her obedience to the word resulted in a Prophet’s Reward of supernatural multiplication of oil, which enabled her to pay the debt and set her children free from slavery in order to pay off the debt.

Prophets declare the new things and bring reformation!  Isaiah 42:9, 42:19

David received the prophet Samuel and his word that David would be king.  He believed it, received the prophecy from the prophet, then acted on it by stepping up to face Goliath.

Prophets release favor and open doors of opportunity.  Moses stood before the throne of Pharaoh and said, “let my people go”, and God released favor in the courts of Egypt.

Prophets release Heaven’s angel armies. In Judges 4-5 Deborah released a prophetic word regarding Israel’s harsh bondage under the Canaanites. The people and the generals responded by going to the prophetically indicated place by the River Kishon. When the enemy showed up for the battle, God caused torrential rain to fall and the heavens fought for Israel, flooding the riverbed and washing away the enemy. Hebrews 1:14 says that God sends His angels to assist those who are to inherit salvation.

Prophets change cities and nations. Jeremiah was tasked as a prophet to the nations to root up, tear down, throw down and destroy and to build and plant.  The prophetic anointing can shift an atmosphere over a territory which can result in changes in government, business, economy, and even break the territory open for revival.  In 2 Kings 2, after Elisha received the double portion mantle from Elijah, he went to Jericho and broke the curse of death and barrenness off the city.  The city was forever changed by the word of the prophet, and the city that received him received the prophet’s reward and was forever changed.

Prophet’s Reward Mission Statement