Many people are looking for a prophetic word. They are vexed and desperate to hear from God about certain situations. They call around or go from church to church; meeting after meeting; conference after conference wanting someone to “go to the throne” on their behalf.
It’s a sad day in the Ekklesia when too many "five-fold" equipping ministers are too quick to prophesy over people instead of teaching them how to discern the will of God for themselves.
When we make people dependent upon us for counsel, we are stripping them of a chance to grow in Christ. Yes, everyone needs wise counsel from time to time, especially when major life decisions are at hand. But people need to learn how to hear the voice of God for themselves, too. And sometimes that means they skin their knees while they are in training. But that’s how we learn.