"Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt, but test them all and hold on to what is good . . ." I Thessalonians 5:19-21.
I have said that sentence so many times, I forget sometimes that it might sound strange to others. Regardless, it is true. I have had that gift affirmed by Friends many times, in earnest and teasingly (friends who know me well like to say things like, “And then Ashley said, in her prophetic way . . .” or “How did you know that I needed that? You must be a prophet!”).
Of course, when I say it for the first time to someone new, that inevitably leads to a discussion of what prophecy means. My personal definition of prophesying is: Telling the truth, all the time. Thomas Merton has a much fancier definition:
To prophesy is not to predict, but to seize upon reality in its moment of highest expectation and tension toward the new. This tension is discovered not in hypnotic elation, but in the light of everyday experience.
Merton's definition also works for me―I tend to see things both as they are and as they might be, which can be quite painful at times. Perhaps a more palatable way to say it is that I am intuitive and empathetic, with a gift for speaking to the present moment.