A blessing can actually be considered a reward. When you give to the prophet you will receive the prophet’s reward. However, you must understand how to meet the prophet. Many people do not understand how to meet the prophet. They get the prophet’s word, however, they do not see the reward. Could there be some prophetic words hanging in the air that have not come to pass because you have not made a deposit into the prophet’s life?
You may think that it is not necessary to give to a prophet, that the prophet should give the prophetic without thought of compensation. Many people say, “After all, it’s the Word of the Lord, and Jesus said, freely have you received, freely give.” However, there is a big difference between the words “free” and “freely.” People pay large sums of money to receive legal counsel or medical counsel. The church is the only institution on earth that wants to deny the laborer his wages. We want the man of God to see for us, and pray for us, but we don’t want him fed. We will draw from his cistern, but we will not make a deposit. Think of the number of people in the church who may be faithful in giving to the church, but will not give to the man of God. The widow woman at Zarephath did not give to Elijah’s ministry, but she gave to his belly. What she sowed in the prophet’s belly determined what came into her mouth.