Over the years, as I have served the Lord in various forms of prophetic ministry, I noticed something. The most accurate and life-impacting words come when spoken from a heart of humility. Humility works as a spiritual filter straining out the grit of our human pride that can so easily attach itself to a prophetic ministry and plug the flow of its effectiveness.
Pride is fueled when spiritual elitism or a delusional image of our own prophetic importance is allowed to run rampant. Humility on the other hand speaks the truth in love from the heart of a servant. A prophetic ministry that lacks this heart of humility will eventually become brutal and unloving. The most powerful prophetic voices I know speak with a tender yet powerful voice that sounds like a merciful father running out to welcome home a prodigal son.