8 Signs You May Have a Gift of Prophecy

How do you know if you have a gift of prophecy? It is common for people who are in the early stages of developing a prophetic gift to experience uncertainty and questions. If you can relate to this, these signs will encourage you to keep moving forward and develop your gift of prophecy:

8 Signs You May Have a Prophetic Gift

1. You Desire a Close Relationship with God

Prophetic insights are sourced in an intimate relationship with God—His Presence is where you hear His voice and receive revelation from Him.

So one sign you have a prophetic gift is that you are not satisfied with a shallow relationship—you want to be close to Him.

That is because God has called you to be one who hears the whispers of what is on His heart—to learn what His intention is and pass it on to others. (John 13:23-25)

2. You Want to Learn About Prophecy

‘Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.’ (1 Cor 14:1).

A hunger or longing for a gift can be from the Holy Spirit, as He is drawing you towards God’s purpose for your life.

This is the hidden stage of a gift—where very few people, except those who are close enough to know the desires of your heart, are aware that you have the ability. But God knows—He has placed that desire within you because He is drawing you towards your destiny. ‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart’ (Psalm 37:4)

3. You Tend to Pray Prophetically

A gift of prophecy often shows up in prayer before it manifests in other ways.

  • You find yourself praying something spontaneously that you hadn’t thought of—and you realise the Holy Spirit has led you
  • You are praying for another person or situation—and you get feedback that what you prayed for was exactly what was needed
  • You discover God has given you knowledge in prayer that you could not know by natural means

Prophetic prayer is powerful—because you are praying according to God’s purposes. As 1 John 5:14-15 says, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’

4. You Have Had Confirmation that you Accurately Hear from God

A sign that you have a gift of prophecy is that you build up a track record of hearing from God accurately. For example:

  • People you have prayed for, or shared prophetic encouragement with, have given you feedback that your prophetic insight was spot on
  • You have found yourself thinking about a Scripture or message—and then your Pastor or another person shared the same one
  • You have journaled something you believe God is saying—and it has come to pass

Very often these kinds of confirmations are private—this is the Holy Spirit giving you are nudge to explore your prophetic gift further.

5. People Have Been Helped by Prophetic Insights You have Shared

Accuracy alone is not a sign you have a gift—in the Bible, a spiritual gift must be exercised in love and bear good fruit that honours God (1 Cor 13, 14).

The Apostle Paul said, ‘the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort… the one who prophesies edifies the church.’ (1 Cor 14:3, 4b)

So important questions to ask are:

  • ‘Have people been helped, encouraged, strengthened and comforted by the prophetic insights I have shared?
  • ‘Has the church been built up?’

The sign of a prophetic gift is that people are helped and drawn closer to God by what you have heard from God and shared.

6. You Find Yourself in Circumstances Where a Word from God is Needed

One sign of a prophetic gift is that God engineers circumstances to gently push you into needing to hear from Him. You find yourself in a place where you need to respond and act on what you hear. For example:

  • Someone you are praying with needs a word of encouragement from God, or
  • You have some personal circumstances where prophetic guidance is necessary

7. You Have Prophetic Values

Here are some core values that those who have a gift of prophecy tend to have in common:

  • A love for God’s Presence
  • A high value on hearing God’s voice and the prophetic gift and ministry
  • A passion about God’s prophetic promises
  • A love for holiness and justice and the righteous standard of God’s Word

You may wonder why other people don’t see things the same way as you do—but the reason is, God has placed prophetic values in your DNA. It’s how He has designed you.

8. You Have Been Through a Trial in Relation to Your Gift of Prophecy

A pattern we see in Scripture is that someone who has a ministry calling goes through a trial, or a failure, or what we might call a ‘wilderness experience’ in relation to their gifts. So if you have had difficulties, or you have felt shut down in the area of prophecy, be encouraged. This may well be a sign you are gifted and called in prophecy.

God has an end in mind. Don’t let the enemy hook you to a past experience through hurt or disappointment. Remember Proverbs 4:23 says, ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’

Do whatever it takes, forgive others and yourself; keep your heart free to move on, pick up your prophetic gift once more, because God is coming through for you.

Can you identify some signs that you have a prophetic gift? Leave a message in the comments section to let us know which ones you relate to. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.

What to read next:

How to develop your prophetic gift: where to begin
Taking the pressure off when you are growing in prophecy

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126 thoughts on “8 Signs You May Have a Gift of Prophecy

  1. Thank you very much for listening when God speaks to you this message was much needed. Most of what was mentioned i have been experiencing in my life. I’m so hungry for God, sometimes I feel I’m in the wildernes and feel like praying not even know what I must pray for and God will show me the situation that I need to pray for. Thank you very much God bless.

  2. As I read the article I felt blessed and encouraged and could easily identify with all the eight outlined points.
    The Lord is greatly using His Servant, Mummy Helen.
    More of God’s grace, fire, favour and provision upon her life and ministry in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

  3. Hi dear .I relate to all the mentioned points about the gift of prophecy.I am encouraged to know that I am on the right track.Keep up the good work.We are in dire need of such relevant spiritual food.Stay blessed.Faith in SA..

  4. Hi! I feel blessed that you have given me this opportunity to grow in faith and to grow closer to God. On the 23 of this month I will reach my 84 year of age. I cannot say that I have a gift of prophecy, I live by Gods word (the holy bible) and I find that even my family members (all long time Christians) stay away because as I said I live by Gods Holy Word, and they all live by that which they were taught by others, more so that Jesus Christ nailed most of the old testament to the cross. When I read Gods word and it is so clear and opposite of that which most Christians live by. I feel the Holy Spirit encourage me, to reach out to these people, and I always do. I am gradually noticing changes. Thank GOD and thank you also.

  5. Hi Evelin i will like to thank God for people like you who are willing to help the people that God is raising to understand their calling, with 8 signs i relate to them all and know without doubt that i am called as prophet. may God keep you and increase you more and more.

  6. This is an awesome piece of information to come across. I relate to almost all of them but the most prominent ones are that i long for a deeper relationship with God, desire so much to learn about prophecy and also the fact that i experience a season of dryness

  7. This is an awesome piece of information to come across. I relate to almost all of them but the most prominent ones are that i long for a deeper relationship with God, desire so much to learn about prophecy and also the fact that i experience a season of dryness. Thank you so much!

  8. I think I have (had) the 8 signs mentioned above. I am not sure if its 100% of God. I just knew, He is kind, gentle to the recipients of prayer, words and encouragement. I felt this “urgency” to say something an encouragement when a person shares his/her trouble. I also dream things in my sleep few them seemed to resemble in real life. I felt like I needed to learn and explore more about these things. God Bless.. pls pray for me.

  9. Hey Helen.
    I was laughing when reading the teaching about the signs of prophecy.
    I was asking myself ,”Does this woman God Knows me?hahaha. It is as if you are speaking to me, it is so clear and so full of wisdom. Thank you very much for the clarity you are helping us in understanding we gain from these teachings. The Lord Jesus bless you.

  10. mama helen , I thank God for you. You reach out to stranded Christians especially prophets. I wish I can see and talk to you because I have too much to say to you. I started reading your articles and now I run a powerful ministry of healing ,deliverance, powerful prophecy and by the grace of God i give wonderful teachings of the bible.i found out I have diverse gifts , the presence of the holy spirit is very evident in my life.please keep up the good work.

  11. I must say this was a very encouraging and inspiring article. I would say around the age of 16-18, I was have conversations with my mom and dad about life and situations in general. To me I thought I was just rambling on as if I were a expert on the subject and hadn’t lived long enough to experience these subject matters. But we would go to church and the preachers sermon would be on the same conversation verbatim that I had with my folks. I would freak out and didn’t know what to do with myself. It’s was like finding out you had super powers but didn’t know had it happened. Fast forward, now that I’m older now and have been ministering just a little while one of the biggest signs for me is my prayer life. It seems as if it came naturally to me because it wasn’t something I sought out at the beginning but over the years it grew. I became more passionate about it and my peers recognized me for it. I would pray and most times I wouldn’t know if I were effective or not at least not from the outward appearance but God knew who to send to tell me that what I prayed was what they needed or exactly what they were going through. To God be the Glory!!!

  12. Thanks for sharing this very important notice.Am experiencing all the signs you have highlighted and am patiently waiting on God for the day I will be commissioned into the prophetic office.Am going through had times with my life.I have journaled revelations beginning from 2014.Some have come to pass and some yet to.I love His presence and always want more of His word.Thanks Enliven .

  13. Thank You for such an awesome encouraging words.I’m related to all of your points and I’m kinda shocked after through it all ,How could this be me that you’re mention ?Thank You Lord for leading me all the way up to this great opportunity to step up your precious gift in my life.

  14. I am so richly blessed by reading your shared articles and comments.

    Truly, we serve the living God. The ministering gift of prophesy was prayed over me on Feb. 5, 2017. I have not yet used this ministry but the signs are all there. I pray in the spirit quite frequently, sometimes interpreting, sometimes so deep as in birthing. Please uplift me in prayer that God will use me to serve in the body of Christ that his name be glorified.

    Praise the Lord for his mercy endureth forever!

  15. Hello everyone!
    I have been away at Planetshakers Conference here in Melbourne, this week, and so I haven’t had time to reply to all of the comments personally. But I want you to know that I HAVE read each one, and appreciate them all – thank you for taking the time to stop by and share your thoughts and testimonies!
    For those of you who have questions relating to the prophetic gift, I encourage you to check out the articles in the prophetic training category, which you can find here: http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/category/prophetic-training/

    Helen 🙂

  16. Thanks very much, i think i have prophetic gift because am in my desert years now. Every thing about me is blocked

  17. wow..thank you very much on these 8 signs i relate with all of them.and i just realised that all this signs have started long back just that i had no light to know what is happening.and thank you for opening my eyes now i am so encouraged. i understand myself better now because i have been confused and feeling lost. but now i am confident that indeed this is God and he is calling my name for greatness. AMEN

  18. Thank very much for this piece, in fact I am very greatful .I have realised 1,2,3,4,5,and 7 are actually related to my experiences with the prophetic grace.May God bless you

  19. Dear Helen, I do relate to some of the signs you mentioned:
    1, 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8
    I have a deep desire to have an intimate relationship with God.
    I tend to pray prophetically for others more than for myself.
    I used to dream of something then would see it happening exactly as in the dream, good or bad then I was taught to wake up and engage into spiritual warfare if bad. Lately I struggle to remember my dreams. Sometimes out of the blue I would feel very drowsy then sleep just to dream and wake up.
    Sometimes when someone is looking for some answers on something I would just give an advice I don’t even know how I came up with but will work out good for the person, sometimes I would point out a scripture and all goes well.
    I also have times when I just want to be alone, meditating on the word, praying and worshipping for hours. Sometimes I don’t even understand myself what or who I am spiritually.
    Sometimes I would go to prayer meeting with my prayer points then when I meet someone in pain or just in need of prayer I would be praying more for others than myself.
    The scripture I read that day will either be read by the prayer leader or the preaching of the day and or in one of the channels I usually listen to.
    Of all these things I still have fear to come out and talk about these things, I am not even able to express myself cause I have fear to talk in meetings. Please, I need coaching Helen.

  20. No. 8 on this list really stands out to me and I was wondering if you could expound on that point a little more, as well as give biblical examples that I could maybe study? Thank you for such great info and I hope u can hear from you soon. Thanks!

  21. Dear Helen, thank you for this GOD Breathed Prophetic Ministry. I am Loving and Learning so much from the Spiritual Warfare course, it is Overflowing with the Wisdom of GOD, and the Heartbeat of GOD. Today is Good Friday, and I am reading and reflecting on one of your Books at the moment so I can complete the course. While reading this morning I felt The Holy Spirit whisper into my heart that the Greatest Spiritual Warfare has been ACCOMPLISHED on the CROSS of Calvary when the Veil was Torn for me. You See, this is my Testimony when JESUS Opened up my Eyes to SEE, HIS Amazing LOVE for me. All Glory be to GOD as we Remember what JESUS has Accomplished for us on the CROSS at Calvary, and the POWER of HIS RESURRECTION, and the PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE for us.

    “It is FINISHED” was HIS Cry
    As the Veil was Torn from Heavens Sky

    “It is FINISHED” HE Declared
    As HE Bore my sin, on the CROSS HE Bled

    You See, JESUS made the Way for me, as HE took my sin to Calvary
    As the Veil was Torn from Heavens Sky
    “It is FINISHED” was HIS Cry

    The Veil of my Heart was Torn Away
    The Day I asked JESUS, into my Heart to Stay

    Only HE, can take the Old and make it NEW
    Only HE, can change a Heart, and change a View
    Only HE, can Save my Soul, and make me Whole

    Yes, JESUS made the WAY for me
    Through HIS Precious BLOOD at Calvary
    Precious, Spotless, Sinless LAMB of GOD, HE Sacrificed HIS Life for me

    How can I ever Comprehend, HIS Perfect Love that has NO END
    How can I ever Conceive, HIS Infinite Wisdom, HIS Power, HIS Glory, HIS Splendour and Majesty

    This One thing I Know, “HE is The RESURRECTION and the LIFE in me”
    HE Holds my Heart, HE has the KEY
    Into Heavens DOOR for Eternity

    For ALL the World to SEE
    In Heaven and Earth for ALL ETERNITY

    Poem by Irene Kyriacou

  22. Dear Helen
    God Bless you!
    I really encouraged and took lesson from your prophetic blog.
    But my question is,
    I observed most of the sign in my life,but why prolonged trial occured in relation to my call? Does it related with past sin or the level of grace that God may bring in future?

  23. Actually Hellen I even lack what to say for you are more than a mentor to my gift. Am about to tell you how you have really helped me.

  24. I am in tears because everything I just read has happened to me or is happening. I don’t know what to do anymore. The hardest thing right now is this, I seem to have been stripped of everything. Yet still I want all of God.

  25. Dear Helen,
    I have been immensely blessed by the Word you have been sharing for the past year. You operate in a higher realm of the Spirit and have been an encouragement for me to seek spiritual growth. I believe I have the gift, but need faith and endurance to operate in it more.
    I wrote to you because I have been missing your updates and found that you have been away. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you very much, again.

  26. I feel so blessed to come across this article. I can relate to almost all the points stated therein. I strongly feel I have a unique calling but my church is my stumbling block for they believe prophecy died in ancient times. This led to me neglect the intimate relationship I so much enjoyed with God when he first called me in 2008. They thought I was going crazy when I had to narrate to them my personal encounter with God through a vision whereby he said to me with a voice like thunder “TAKE YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME” I stood there speechless and confused and he repeated the words to me for the second time seeing that I was asking myself if I heard him right the first time. I could not look into his face for it was covered with glory I could only see him from shoulder downwards as he sat on his throne dressed in a white rob which was so bright. Me too I observed that as I stood in his presence I had a long white rob on. I had several dreams in the same year whereby I would find myself ministering to a large crowd and laying hands on them. One member of my church encouraged me to do God’s will. I started holding meetings in my house and praying for thosepeople. Demons manifested and they were set free, others testified of being healed. I prayed also for people in their absence and they testified positive changes. Sometimes I could feel/see the problems these people had and after prayer things changed. Due to great opposition claiming my insanity, the devil took an upper hand and I dropped the work and later found myself engulfed in the world of sin. I cried out to God in my drunken stupor and at times could wake up from a dream praying and asking out demons while I went to bed drunk. I realised that these are not mere encounters but God himself reaching out to me. I approached a prophetic ministry for deliverence and I am now born again. I feel his presence each time I pray and find myself praying in the spirit with groans and tears in my closet. I am taking each day as it comes and I can not thank him enough for his grace. He spoke to me directly on three occasions to read the book of Jona. After reading the book and made some s about it, outing myself in Jona’s shoes I felt so much peace. One day as I was reading my bible, one prophet called me and told me that God told him that I need to read the book of Jona. I was speechless, fell on my knees and worshipped God giving him the glory.
    I know my comment is too long, I can go on all day but will stop here.
    Tell me your take on this.

    Remain blessed
    Sister in Christ Jesus

  27. I become a totally different person (warrior) like when asked to pray/intercess for someone, but I have no direction in prayer when it comes to pray for myself.
    I need guidance please.

    • I know I am not Helen but I understand what your experiencing. For me when that happens its bc I need direction 4 my life, but the good thing is God gave us a helper ( Holy Spirit) so use his prayer language (tounges) to pray 4 yourself & others. The bible says we edify ourselves in our most holy faith when we pray in the spirit. God has a great ministry 4 you already as a intersessor & more 2 come! Be encouraged hugs! Sincerely, Rainey Allen

  28. I was richly blessed by this article. It is my most desire to be in the prophetic by hearing clearly from the holy spirit and a good number of the signs listed in the article are manifesting in my walk with the Lord.

    However, I need urgent help from your Prophetic Guide on how to become prophetic in my Ministry. I have been confronted with occasions that required hearing the audible voice of the Holy Spirit but I could not produce anything because I am still waiting on the Lord for the full manifestation of His prophetic mantle in my life. Bro Silas Onwe Ebenyi 08064164380

  29. Hi:
    Im Desmond.
    When I am trying to bring a solution to a person, a word appears in mind. Than it’s the persons problem.
    When I pray, a picture apears of some1. There after a lot of words follow, to much for me to write down.
    Sometimes while traveling, words on how to live I never think of. Comes so much on me like its falling from the sky, into my heart.
    Words and quidance I knew, that is from God.
    Answers to some problems came to me, like it is raining on me. Without asking, anybody. I just find truth without looking for it. I knew things in peoples hearts,with no doubt.
    Sometimes it feels like God answer,more than I ask.

  30. Hi Helen.Thanks for such powerful insights on the 8 signs of Prophetic gift.I can easily relate to about 6 of them.My prayer to God is that he helps me to develop this prophetic gift so that he can use me mightly to his glory.

    My prayer to God is that if He permits you-You can start -up a Prophetic School online or other wise so that we can learn more.

    Thanks and God richly bless you.

    • Hi Mabel, yes I’m in the process of developing the online prophetic and discernment school right now 🙂

  31. Hi Helen,

    Thanks very much for this post, it provides an insight. My Sign is

    3. Sensitivity to the Spiritual Atmosphere

    Please may we email.