How To Activate Your Prophetic Gift

I am sometimes asked by people who have attended my prophetic training sessions, “How do I get started in activating my gift of prophecy?” In other words, ‘Where do I go from here?’

If this is something you have wondered, here are some suggestions to help you get started:

1. Make a Decision

It has been said that the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. That vital step is preceded by a decision to move forward.

Activating your gift of prophecy starts when you acknowledge before God that you are willing to move ahead in this area, and choose to take your first steps forward.

You do not need to know for certain that you have a gift of prophecy—in the early stages you may be unsure. [1] This is about being a good steward of:

You may also have had affirmation by church leaders that you have a God-given prophetic ability.

2. Be involved in a Church Community

The New Testament context for activating the gift of prophecy is a local church where there is leadership and accountability. (1 Cor 12-14)

3. Talk to a Pastor or an appropriate Leader within the Church

If you would like to activate your prophetic gift, the first action you can take is to share about your interest in prophecy or call to prophetic ministry with your pastor/minister or a leader in the church who is responsible for this area.

It is important to make your desire to grow in the gift known, in order that you can follow the next steps:

4. Find Someone to be Accountable to

Find a leader or mentor to whom you can be personally accountable with regard to activating your prophetic gift.

This person should be:

  • Someone your church oversight is comfortable with
  • A person who will able to help you weigh up the prophetic insights and will not hold back when you need to be redirected.

5. Begin in your Personal Devotional Life

The first place you can start to activate your prophetic gift is in your devotional life, learning to receive insights from the Holy Spirit.

  • The best way to begin is by studying the Bible and listening to what God is saying through the scriptures
  • Record any insights that you receive from the Holy Spirit—one way that you can do this by journaling [2]

A leader can help you weigh up these insights and confirm that you are hearing from God. This is especially important if you are considering taking action from the revelation that you are receiving, or using it to pray.

6. Develop a Lifestyle of Encouragement

Prophetic ministry requires us to see others and ourselves as the Father sees us.

Nurture the Father’s perspective about others. He is a God of grace and love who desires to redeem people and situations so that His purpose is fulfilled.

Develop a lifestyle of encouragement—this will spill over into your prophetic ministry. (1 Cor 14:3)

7. Tune in to the Holy Spirit

Develop an intimate relationship with God and be open to receiving insights from the Holy Spirit throughout your day.

Learn about the different ways He can speak to you, including through scripture, pictures, thoughts and impressions, dreams, prompts, inner urges and Divine appointments.

8. Ask about Protocols in your Church

Find out the protocols and guidelines for passing on prophetic insights in your church—and follow them.

Be open to these being adjusted by leaders as prophetic ministry develops in your church.

9. Begin Simply

The best way to begin activating your prophetic gift is to start in a very simple way. This may be through words of encouragement, or exhortation, or sharing scriptures that God puts on your heart.

  • Be natural in the manner you share an insight that you believe is from God
  • If you are starting out, it is best not to call your words a ‘prophecy’—in fact you do not always need to state that you have heard from God
  • Allow the fruit of your insights to be the evidence that you are hearing from God

As people are impacted and encouraged, your emerging gift of prophecy will be acknowledged.

10. Find an Appropriate Environment to Practice

Some areas in church life where a prophetic gift can be activated include:

  • Prayer meetings
  • Small (home group) meetings
  • Ministry areas such as worship, evangelism and so on
  • Prayer departments and altar call ministry

Find out the appropriate protocols and guidelines for each area. Then—step out of the boat and have a go.

11. Stay in the place of Learning

Ongoing learning about the prophetic gift will encourage you to continue activating your gift of prophecy. [3]

Enliven Prophetic School: Activate Your Prophetic Gift and Take it to the Next Level

The Enliven Prophetic School is now open!

This self-paced, video lecture school is for anyone who would like to learn and grow in the gift and ministry of prophecy and includes classes for discerners as well.

Discover ways to activate your prophetic gift and begin to put it into practice.

Modules currently include:

  • Foundations of prophetic ministry
  • How to hear God’s voice, begin and grow in prophecy
  • The Seer gift: how to grow in pictures and visions
  • Discernment and prophetic warnings: how to respond and share a prophetic warning
  • Prophetic Guidance Master Class

You can currently join the school for as little as $6.95 USD (monthly subscription) or make a single payment to join with no end date.

Visit the Enliven Prophetic School here.


[1] Even if you do not have a specific gift, every Christian benefits by learning how to hear from God and receive insights from the Holy Spirit. You may explore this area and find out that prophetic ministry is not for you—that is OK.

[2] Following are some articles to help you activate your prophetic gift through journaling:

[3] Enliven Blog is an online resource of Enliven Ministries, containing many articles to help Christians grow in the gift of prophecy. ‘Grow your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’ is an e-book about the stages of growth in gifts of prophecy and prayer, and contains many practical tips to help you activate your prophetic gift and take it to the next phase of development. View the Enliven Blog e-books page here.

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

69 thoughts on “How To Activate Your Prophetic Gift

  1. Tim Inglis

    Hi Helen.
    Great post again. Loved it!
    I see you mentioned the “SOAP” journaling technique in your notes. I discovered this technique at college this year and let me say, it’s a game changer. The words that I’ve been getting from God are incredible.
    I highly recommend this journaling technique to every one.
    God bless,

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Tim,
      Great stuff! Isn’t it wonderful when the Word of God comes alive like that, and SOAP journaling is a great tool. You are in a new season and receiving fresh revelation is a part of that.

  2. kirn

    Good Evening Sister,

    Thank you for the articles, it helped me a lot.
    A prophet Prohecised on me that i had Gift of Prophecy, but i don’t know how to start and give prophecy, even i was very interested to have that gift of prophecy.
    Kindly tell me how to start in prayer, how do i get it about 1 particular person to give prophecy Ex: A unknown guy in church.

    Thank you
    Kiran Nath from INDIA

  3. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Kiran, thanks for leaving a note.
    If you are just starting out, I encourage you to explore the topics of receiving a revelation from God and hearing God’s voice.
    Here is an article that may help get you started:

    Check out the prophetic training category at the right hand side of the blog for many more articles to help you grow in this area.

    If you want to grow in the area of personal prophecy, it may be best to check what you are receiving with a leader in the church as you are starting out.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thanks Johnny, great to hear from you, may you continue to be empowered and blessed! 🙂

  4. Abiola Matthew

    You shall decree a thing and shall be established.Is it thesamethng as prohesy to somebody’life? And if a prophet prophesy and it not come to pass at the stipulated time but happen in year s later,Can we say the prophesy come to pass?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi there Abiloa, thanks for leaving a message.
      The verse you mention is from Job 22:28, and the context is one of being familiar with, and speaking, the Scriptures and having a right heart before God (see preceding verses). I think the meaning can include prophecy, but is also much broader than prophecy. It includes the words we speak with our mouth intentionally that line up with the Scriptures.
      Yes, sometimes a prophet can share a word and it happens years later… we can say the Word has come to pass.

  5. prophet Ezekiel

    I sincerely appreciate you my dear sister Helen for been open to the Holy Spirit to bless the Body of Christ through you. Iam one of the beneficiary of your ministries. I don’t know if you will honour an invitation to visit my country Nigeria for our up coming Prophetic Conference were different denominations comes under one umbrella to receive from the Lord. We will delight to host you and will be expecting your reply God bless

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Dear Prophet Ezekiel,
      It is an honour to receive your invitation to do prophetic training with you in Zimbabwe! However, our team is not planning on visiting Nigeria or Africa in the next few years.
      I would like to bless you and your ministry, so let me know if there are any ebooks that you would like to read personally, and I will send you them for free. They are available in two formats, ePub and PDF. Here is the information about eBooks.

      If you reply to this comment with the name of an eBook you would like to read, I will email you first to check that you can receive communication from me.
      May you be richly blessed in your ministry there in Nigeria, and empower others to grow in their prophetic gifts, as your heart desires.

  6. DeeDee

    Dear Helen, I’ve enjoyed reading the information on the prophetic on this site. I was wondering what do you do when you have this gift and it’s been confirmed by other leaders but belong to a local church that doesn’t allow this gift to operate in their church. I’m experiencing non-receptive by the leader and backlash from them regarding members who have the gift as well. What I mean by backlash is make fun of in a joking way. I’ve spoken with my pastor of my local church when I first join to let him know and may get some direction in how to improve and get activated but no help was given.

    Any direction would be appreciate tremendously.

  7. Jeanette

    I need prayer, I know I have prophetic gift, it was confirmed few years ago and just in the last two weeks by our pastor. I received dreams, visions, but just dont have the courage to pass it on. Sometimes I wonder if it is from the Lord. In the past when I passed on dreams that I had, it came to pass. What must I do?

  8. Leon Witter

    I have been called to the office of a prophetic. I have been reading book and hanging around prophetic people.

  9. pastor samuel simbo

    my spiritual father is a prophet by calling, and i have been desiring so much for short a gift, i don’t know if i have it in me or not. i truly need short a gift, that is why i want to know how i should develop it. so please you need to help me.

  10. joe

    I may have a gift in prophesy. Before reading your blog, I never saw it as a gift, but a curse. Today, after talking to my pastor, he thought I should develop it. It has gotten to where I was getting further from God. I was told by a fellow church member that prophesy, if not positive, was just the devil playing with my mind. When we were talking today, he even said he just downloaded a book on developing this gift, 15 minutes before we talked. To be honest, I am afraid of the things I do see or feel. I have even lost friends because they say they are uncomfortable around me. Please, if you do have time, how can I hear more positive things from God?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Joe!
      The guideline the Apostle Paul gives for prophecy is that it is for encouragement strengthening and comfort (1 Cor 14:3). So if you are getting an insight that seems negative, you can be sure that God’s heart (remember He is a Saviour and Redeemer) is for the opposite to take place. So try turning the insight around to the positive. For example, if you sense death at work, speak life! And so on. Hope that helps.
      Here are a couple more articles to help you:

  11. Treasure Godsown

    I have been having a strong desire to plant a church and I have been seeking the face of God about it.Can you through your prophetic office confirm to me whether God really wants me to plant a new church? And how do I know it myself? God bless you sir.Expecting your response soonest.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Treasure, it is great to hear of your passion for God, His church and His call on your life! We are unable to bring confirmation of your church planting venture – partly because we do not give prophetic guidance via the Internet, but also because your own spiritual oversight is the best place to go for confirmation.

      These articles may help:

  12. Geraldine

    Your eBook really helped me. I want to hear from God, but I don’t know to do that, sometimes when I get an insight from God, I just can’t let it out because I am scared it may be wrong or misjudged. What should I do?

  13. Gabriel mwale

    In first place I thank God to encounter you man and servants of God. I am blessed already by read the little that have read on frant.

  14. Malcolm Calder

    Helen, this is a powerful encouragement for people!! How amazing and wonderful the Prophetic Gift is in the life of the Church!!! I trust that many many people will read this and decide to…..Go for it!!!!
    Thanks so much!!!

  15. Mark Amase

    Thank you sir for the wonferful insight on how to activate my prophetic gift. I have seen it severally in my dreams praying for people get healed and preaching from one place to another. But i dont know how to go about it. Please teach me how to go about activating this gift that i may use it to fufill GODs purpose in my life. Hopinh to hear from you very soon. Thank you sir…Mark Amase from Nigeria west Africa.

  16. Vivian

    Thanks for this wonderful colum, I was born with a prophetic gift & God speaks to me mostly through dreams, he opens my eyes to show me what will happen in the future, sometimes he uses me to heal, bt I’ve not grown up to the extent I’m expected to have grown, I want to get connected to the holy spirit so I can hear directory not only through dreams, how do I get started? thanks.

  17. Hlalele

    Hi! I am Tanki Daniel Hlalele @ Lesotho know that I have prophetic gift. Desire to ask God about a certain situatiön and expect the ans 4rm the spirit helps one to know whether the gift is real/ not. For every prophetic message need to be announced and known and expect the results.

  18. Cosmo

    Thanks, this blog is of a very great help to me on the journey that I long to take. Keep up the good work the Lord has called you to do

  19. Yuh Gilbert

    Accept Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord an Savior Jesus Christ!. I have been so bless by this aticle and I want to appreciate you for your efforts!. Hosea 4:6 says my people are destroy for lack of knowledge, an I bless God for this work!. Do you have a school that one can attain or books I can get to grow in prophetic!.
    Am from west Africa Cameroon!. You can get me on Whatsapp 00237695199040. God bless you!.

  20. Mansor seye

    Praise the lord
    my name is Mansor seye .
    I’m from senegal but I live new Yoek. Where I’m from is 95 percent Muslim.
    I’m a ex Muslim I just convert to Christian 6 months a go but I been seeing a protection of God all my life on me ,and God been talking to me for long time, but I didn’t know.
    Muslim don’t believe God talk to people I always said something talk to me .
    I prophecing in my dream and sick people ask me to pray for them in my dream.
    God took me the judgment day.
    I’m learning the Bible and go to church.

    What else need to do ?
    I want to get more confirmation.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Mansor, it’s wonderful to hear from you and to learn of the great things God is doing in your life!
      I believe you are doing the exact things you need to right now – study the Bible, get engaged in your local church and be discipled. These are the important things that are foundational for the gifts and calling on your life.
      You are welcome to have a look around at Enliven Blog where I have many articles on beginning in prophecy that may be helpful for you.

  21. Lisa-Anne du Plessis

    Hi Helen
    I have a gift but it’s something that’s run in my family. For many generations my family have practiced the gift of divination. I have the same gift but have always steered clear of it. I have periodically been attacked by the spirit world and have gone to the elders in my church for deliverance.
    I have recently been encouraged to turn the divination to discernment. I am now on this journey and found you on google on how to develop this. I have a very good sense of who is battling but do not hear from God.
    I am trying to break generational curses so that I can heal for myself and my children and future generations.
    I would greatly appreciate any assistance in this regard.
    Kind regards

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Lisa-Anne,
      My thoughts are to focus on God as Father, seek to grow in receiving His love and affirmation and sharing that with others. Focus on encouragement through your gift, seeing as the Father sees, with a heart of love and redemption, even in the tough times. One of the key differences between the Christian and the demonic is that the enemy has the voice of an accuser and will pull you to focus on the negative, the Holy Spirit conveys the love of God and focuses on Jesus and what God wants to do. Even though one aspect of the Spirit’s gift is discernment of spirits, at this point in your journey I would definitely encourage you to focus on seeing what Holy Spirit is up to. This article may help:

  22. Bill Bleich

    I do not know of a church or any individuals that would accept my gift. The Holy Spirit has given this yet I have no one with whom I can share this journey. I’m very sensitive to certain spirits and also to doctrine that is based on misinterpretations of scripture- which is a great deal nowadays. I have had dreams and such to which I have testified in small groups but am finding that some antagonistic spirits have been undermining my ministry in the church I attend. I’ve chosen, or maybe He has, to remain quiet in that church… to patiently wait on Him to prod me.
    I feel as if I’m at an impasse… should I just wait it through?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Bill, it’s wonderful to hear of your sensitivity to God’s Word and His Spirit. If you feel a peace from the Spirit in waiting, that would be an indication to do so.
      My thoughts are to grow your gift by balancing your focus, on one hand is the perception, on the other is your delivery of what you perceive. Sharing with love, humility, wisdom and honour, and at times wisdom is to hold it and pray…sometimes the reason we are waiting to be released is an opportunity to grow in the area, not what we see, so much as how we share it. Love graduates us.

  23. Wanda

    God bless you. Right now i am in a transitioning in my spiritual life. It has been really really hard. Pray for me please. There is something i am wresting with and i need deliverence to take place. Thank you

  24. Jean

    Hi Helen
    I am very interested in enrolling in the school of Prophecy and Discernment.
    In terms of paying for the teaching. Could I pay by cheque? I am also from the UK
    and would pay in pounds by cheque. Is that ok? What isn’t the full cost?
    Bless you

  25. Beatrice Kinsey

    I’m so grateful for your articles and School. I’ve learned a lot. And, you answered puzzling questions about the gift as pertaining to how it manifests in me. I’m thankful that you were available to answer questions. My pastors have released me to prophesy already, but I felt there was so much more to learn. The Lord led me to you. Unlike many of the Prophetic schools that I can’t afford, yours classes were affordable and educational. Thank you for your obedience and may God bless you and your family continuously.

  26. Bhaso

    I get motivated each and every day with your emails,i love God so much and I do not see anything that will separate me from His love,keep up the good work

  27. Dorena

    I believe the suggestions you are offering are under the assumption that if you are called to the office of the prophet (ex: go to your pastor or accountability group & checking protocols) but I know God is calling me into the office of the prophetic but I attend a nondenominational church, not a pentacostal. My husband does not feel comfortable going to a pentacostal church, so what do you suggest?

  28. Kathryn Newton

    Your prophetic school looks great Helen!
    I have a problem when there are no deadlines usually though!? I have been prayer journalling for 20 years and somehow this has become more like prophetic writing and poetry which I often don’t know how to share or what to do with. I have the sense that I will compile and write at some stage. It often seems an invisible and lonely place with no-one in my new church to speak to re this. Do you think your course would help? Sometimes I feel as if I could burst with what God has put within me, but no-one seems that interested – other times I feel somewhat despondent and wonder if I just have ‘illusions of grandeur (which I know is a lie from the enemy!)

  29. ziggie simon

    Hello…i really love your materials …i must confess that..after reading your materials and practicing them…people realy enjoy my words and reveive result ..they started calling me prophet now by his grace…but thank God for using me to deliver prophetic words is all by his glory

  30. mei

    Could you elaborate on “Develop a lifestyle of encouragement—this will spill over into your prophetic ministry. (1 Cor 14:3)” ? Do you mean to say , “Be an encourager” ?

  31. Beatrice Kinsey

    I believe that’s what she means. And it’s a part of the operations of the prophetic gifting and ministry. I know that it’s manifested greatly in me. You will see the prophetic gift really manifested when you do encourage others.

  32. Jacob L Lundahl

    First off, I am glad I found your blog and I’ve enjoyed the e books I have downloaded. My name is Jacob. I live in America. Two years ago I was reborn. At that time I came to know how Real God is, among other things. Following that day (09/2015) I heard Gos voice on multiple occasions, felt Gis presence and had prophetic dreams and experiences. I journaled it all and still have those. Right after that time I was incarcerated and due to that was completely sober and on fire. I walked with God daily for a couple months, until fear entered my head and heart and since then I haven’t been on fire as often. I still KNOW w out a doubt HE is real and loves me. I know He has plans for me to help others to Him. He’s made it clear to me I have gifts of prophecy and decernamt among other things. I was abused as a child and have known a lot of heart ache my whole life. Especially by those who were supposed to be closest to me. Since being saved I know He loves me and it makes easier for me to shrug everything off. But I struggle with addictions, I can’t seem to find a good church to be apart of and feel alone (besides Him) almost constantly. This last 30 days has been especially hard. I want to be the man He is calling me to be but I struggle so much. I want to have my chains of addiction broken again. He did it for me two years ago, now I can’t seem to kick it because I fear that if I lose the meds I’ll not be able to make the money I need to pay my rent etc. I guess I’m reaching out to someone who is close to Him and has the same gifts. Any feedback or anything would help a lot. Constructive criticism and honesty are things I desire %100. The truth has always been like water to me and I crave it. Thank you for your time, I hope to hear back from you.
    God Bless You

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  34. Lydia

    may the peace of God be with you,please I need help from you,help me to bring out what God has deposited in me,i have the gift of prophecy,but I don’t know where to start,and I will like to have a ministry, please help me I don’t want to die without using my gift

  35. evang Amos c osabofu

    hi sir
    how do i activate the prophetic gift in me ,for it to be operationaly in my life , pls help me

  36. Charles

    Everytime I face trials and temptations I fall miserably but unlike before I take it as a stepping stone to move on because I know without a doubt my Daddy in Heaven sees everything that I’m facing and keeps preparing me for the next one…Thank you Father in Jesus Name

  37. desmond awe

    i’m so blessed by your teaching and i always enjoy it. thanks you very much and God bless you more amen. my name is Desmond Awe from Nigeria, i will like to call you because i have some question to ask which i may not be able to type, i would av ask now. so please text me your mobile contact so i can call or may be your fackbook user so that we can do it through chating, my email is [email protected]. thanks

  38. Davies

    There Was A Day I Was Studying My Bible. I Started Around 23pm Till 01am. When I Thought To Myself; “let Me Now Pray” Suddenly I Saw Light On My Face Tilting To My Right Hand Side Then I Heard A Voice From Within Me Saying “God Has Come”. Immediately I Heard The Voice, My Body Started Shaking And Tears Started Coming Out Of My Eyes. Then The Voice Was Like Speaking Within Me. I Stopped Praying Because I Had No Idea Of This.. I Did Not Really Understand.. Help Me Please

      1. Mansor seye

        I was a Muslim we did not believe God talk to us.
        I have a voice fallow me advise me, and every time I’m in problem some one who I don’t know always come help me.
        I start prophecing, healing sick, costing
        Demond. In my dream.
        Now I convert to Christianity.
        My Quetion is im a prophet? If yes how can I grow?
        Thank you

  39. Jean

    Yes amazing. If you are doing these things in you dream in The Name of Jesus it may be Gods call on your life.
    Are you supported by other believers?

    1. Mansor

      I’m in my 9 months in Chris.
      But this 9 montages I lost everything I had.
      I have church I’m going.
      I ask my Paster, I see 11.11 every where I go.
      I also feel unusual things going on
      The top of my head and my forehead , but I didn’t get clear answer but he put me in evangelize team.
      I dream raising my right on people they all fall in the floor.
      This is normal?

      1. Helen Calder Post author

        Hello Mansor,
        firstly, it is wonderful to hear of your encounter with God, and that you have a church and pastor to share your journey with and support you.
        In answer to your question, yes it is common for people who have prophetic gifts and calling to experience the type of unusual things you describe. This page should give you some helpful things to consider:

  40. Pat. Nkemchor

    This is amazing opportunity for me to develop my prophetic gift. I am also interested in under going a coursevin your school if i will be admitted.


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