What is prophecy?
Well there have been books written about this very topic and I am not here to give an exhaustive definition. I can refer you to many great books about this topic should you wish to know more.
Essentially prophecy to me is connecting to the heart and mind of Jesus and declaring what you hear or see. Its primary purposes are for edification, exhortation and encouragement. 2 Peter 1:21 (New American Standard Bible)
21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God
Paul exhorts all believers to prophecy 1 Corinthians 14
1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
James Goll, Mike Bickle, Kim Clement, Graham Cooke, Larry Randolph, Kris Vallotton and Steve Thompson have all written exceptional books on prophecy and how it function in and around the local church.
Below is a video of one of my most admired prophetic voices in the nation, Graham Cooke. Enjoy.