If you are carrying rocks of judgment with the intent to verbally stone a prophet for getting a word wrong, it is time to drop the rocks. Stoning is part of an expired covenant. Pray for those who tried their best to hear God and are now licking their wounds and searching their hearts wondering how they missed what they so confidently declared.
A failed prophecy doesn’t pull the plug on a gift. It can actually become a turning point of readjustment and reevaluation if we don’t get defensive or try to shift the blame.
If we are willing to let God use a prophetic failure for His purposes, it has the potential to deepen our relationship with Him, mature the function of our gift and reveal our true friends. In order for these three things to happen we have to surrender our failure and reputation to God, be willing to honestly own our mistake and allow the friends who remain to speak openly and honestly into our lives helping us to reconstruct and reengage our calling.
God wants the Church to be a transparent and redeeming community. That is the nature of the new covenant. It is also one of the most powerful advertisements to the world that Jesus is in our midst patiently working with imperfect people who are trying to represent a perfect God.