The prophet is a [person]* with a seeing eye.
In the Old Testament, the prophets were the men [individuals] who could see what was happening. They could see the way history was shaping. Others would be busy dashing about trying to arrange alliances and treaties with Egypt, with Syria, or with some other power. The prophet was the man [person] who saw deeper than superficial power relationships. He [she] saw the nation's destiny. Every country in the world needs its prophet.
The prophet is the man [person] with the listening ear.
The first thing Samuel had to say was, "Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth!" We are often so busy talking, discussing and arguing that we have no time for listening. Even when we pray we are so busy telling God what we want him [God] to do that we have no time to listen to what he [God] wants us to do. The prophet had the listening ear. We need that too.
The prophet has a courageous voice.
He [she] tells the truth whatever the cost. "We cannot speak the things we have seen and heard," said Peter and John to the Sanhedrin. The prophet never buys security with a cowardly silence.
The prophet has a dedicated life.
Said Isaiah to God when he learned there was work to be done, "Here am I, send me." He had to do not what he himself wanted to do, but what God needed him to do. God needs people of dedication, like the prophets.
The prophet is a man [person] with a dangerous occupation.
Jerusalem was the city that stoned the prophets (Mt. 23:37). Stephen told the Jews that they had consistently stoned the prophets (Acts 7:52). No one can be a prophet who is not prepared to take a risk for God.
*Since I am on vacation this week, the week's devotion are taken from Daily Celebration, by William Barclay. Dr. Barclay's devotional was written in 1971, before inclusive language was a normative.