John the Baptist has always been one of the most intriguing men in all of human history. He was an outlier, living outside of conventional norms, and was cited by Jesus as the greatest man ever born (Matt. 11:11). Since Jesus gave John such an amazing endorsement, we need to learn as much as we can from his life.
The following are seven power principles of John the Baptist1. He had godly parents who raised him.
John's walk with the Lord started from birth as he was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother's womb (Luke 1:15). In order for that to happen, his mother had to walk with God to "house" the
Spirit of God. We also find that both his parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, walked blamelessly before the Lord (Luke 1:6). This is not an accident, because Scripture teaches us how important the role of parents is in the formation of their children (Deut. 6:6-9; Prov. 22:6).2. Prophecies were spoken that declared his destiny.
Zechariah had a word about John's birth given to him from an angelic visitation (Luke 1:11-23). After John was born, Zechariah had a prophecy regarding his calling and destiny that he spoke over him (Luke 1:69-79). With each of our five biological children, I had a word of the Lord that I spoke over them repeatedly while they
were in my wife's womb. I believe it is essential that parents have a sense of the prophetic destiny of their children. We are called to speak their prophetic destiny over them when they are young and to remind them of it as they grow older. (Although my parents were not saved until I was a late teenager, my grandmother continually prayed for our family, which resulted in God saving us all.)3. John had a ministry model.
John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah the prophet (Luke 1:17).