Luke 24 :30-32 “Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?””
For ALL believers who are born in Word and Spirit, the word of God is within them. It is in their heart as a deep well. What scripture and the prophetical utterance do is to help us to draw the water from the deep well in the form of understanding. When we receive understanding that is when we are edified, comforted, exhorted, convicted and rebuked. The drawing part is ours and the part of God the Holy Spirit is to show us how to draw it. Seeking a prophet for our issues is as if someone is spoon-feeding us. If we seek a prophet for our issues expecting a word from him, then we are so lazy ourselves to draw water from the deep well and we are expecting someone to draw water for us. This is not the prophetical utterance and it is an abomination before God. The word of God should come to you if you are a new covenant believer.
In general, we have to draw the water. There is another exception to this, the scripture says that if anyone among you is sick let him call the elders and they will anoint and pray for the sickness. Here if we look, God has given us a provision to call on the elders to pray for us when we are sick and unable to ask for deliverance. Likewise, when we are in deep stress where we are unable to draw the water, then at that time God will send us His people who have the gift of prophecy through unexpected circumstances like, in a meeting or through a phone call or any other means. When we ask God to help us in drawing water, then in our weakness, He will manifest Himself powerfully among us. Even though it is a subtle difference between laziness and the inability, God weighs our heart and He knows whether it is laziness or inability. Most of the time, we will receive the conviction, if we are lazy to draw the water. If we ignore it, then He will leave us to fall into the folly. Let us ask God to give us the understanding, so that we can correctly catch the leading of the Holy Spirit whether through the word of God or prophetical utterance.