3 Ways Prophetic Worship Will Change Your Life

What makes prophetic worship prophetic? ‘Prophetic’ simply means that the things on God’s heart—His thoughts, intent and purposes—are being conveyed.

Prophetic_Worship_Encounter‘Prophetic’ also means that Father’s purpose is being carried out in the worship environment. Jesus said of His miracles and works, ‘the Son can only do as He sees the Father doing.’ (John 5:19)

During prophetic worship, those of us who are leading worship are engaged with the Holy Spirit.

Our desire should always be to ‘see what Father is doing and do that—to hear what Father is saying, and say that.’

As we carry out what is on God’s heart to do in the ‘now’ moment of worship, people are touched and transformed.


3 Ways Prophetic Worship Will Change Your Life

Here are 3 ways that prophetic worship can transform your life, and the lives of those you lead in worship:

1. You will Encounter God

The highest purpose of worship is communion. God created us for a face to face relationship with Him.

A traditional view of worship is that it is a one-way giving of our love to God. However, prophetic worship is ‘two-way’. Heaven is touching earth. During prophetic worship, we are encountering God.

During prophetic worship, as your heart is raised in adoration towards Him, you are being touched by God. You are hearing His voicethe whispers of the Spirit to your heart.

You catch a glimpse of Who Jesus is, and Father’s purpose for your life—and it transforms you. You are growing in intimacy with Him.


2. You will be Impacted by God’s Power—Healing, Impartation and Freedom

As your heart is lifted in love and worship to God, you are more open towards Him than at any other time.

As you worship, God is releasing something into your life. An impartation is taking place. That could be a fresh infilling of His Spirit. Perhaps God is releasing an attribute of His nature—such as faith, courage, strength or hope.

You discover it is on God’s agenda to release His power into your life, to heal and set you free.

The Bible says, ‘God sent His word and healed them’ (Psalm 107:20). During prophetic worship, a ‘now’ word of healing can come from the throne of God.

As David played on his lyre to Saul, the demonic oppression that was on Saul lifted, because of the anointing on David’s music.

During Spirit-led, Spirit-breathed worship, God’s power is being released. You can expect miracles and healing to break out in the atmosphere of prophetic worship, touching your life and others around you.


3. You will Discover a Powerful Weapon of Breakthrough

King Jehoshaphat sent the musicians ahead of his army to praise and worship God—and the enemy was destroyed by the power of God! (2 Chron 20)

Prophetic praise celebrates the fulfillment of God’s promises before they are manifested in the natural realm. It is also the Spirit-led proclamation of who God is, declaring His attributes, greatness and power.

This makes it a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare.

And while we know that an open Heaven is our inheritance, we also know that there are times we need to contend for what belongs to us.

During the times you need to contend for the atmosphere around your life and over those you lead, turn to prophetic praise and worship. As you do, you enter the realm of breakthrough.


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4 Benefits of Soaking Worship, with Suggestions and Guidelines

Soaking WorshipWhat is ‘Soaking Worship?

‘Soaking worship’ has become a familiar term in church life today, but what do we mean by it?

As the name suggests, soaking worship has two aspects.

  • Worship speaks of the giving of our adoration, honour and love to God
  • Soaking speaks of receiving and drinking from God

Soaking worship means that we are simultaneously focused on both giving and receiving. At first glance, this appears to be a contradiction.

It has often been said that worship should be a one-way giving of our adoration to God, not expecting anything in return. However, the Bible reveals that God’s desire has always been for communion, relationship and encounter.

The tabernacle was an early place of worship that God referred to as, ‘the tabernacle of meeting where I will meet with you.’ (Exodus 30:36) [1]

The key elements of soaking worship are:

  • An attitude of worship
  • Being positioned to encounter God
  • Spending quality, unhurried time.

‘As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.’ (Ps 42:1)

The Psalms give us glimpses of the worshipper’s heart. In Psalm 63, David expresses both his longing and thirst for God and his worship of God. The two go hand in hand.

There is something in our hearts and spirits that can only be satisfied in the place of worship.


How Soaking Worship Takes Place

Soaking worship can take place either privately or publicly. However, by its very nature, soaking worship is personal.

I sometimes lead into a type of ‘soaking worship’ session when ministering in conferences and camps. This enables individuals to encounter God and gives the Holy Spirit room to minister and take the teaching of God’s word deeper—from heads into hearts.

When our hearts are open in worship and an attitude of surrender, we are open to receive the ministry of the Holy Spirit more than any other time.

Methods have arisen to facilitate worship soaking in groups or publicly. There is even a ‘soaking’ sub-genre of worship music. [2] Whilst these can be helpful tools to assist us, it is important to remember that soaking worship is not about a formula, style, or method.

Each of us encounters and worships God in a very unique way—and we also have individual tastes as to what type of music touches our hearts and connects us in worship to God.


4 Benefits of Soaking Worship

Here are 4 benefits of taking intentional time for soaking worship:

1. Soaking Worship Fosters Intimacy with God

Taking time in God’s Presence to love, worship and appreciate Him as well as to receive from Him helps develop our intimate relationship with Him.

We open our heart’s door and welcome Jesus in to commune with us. (Rev 3:20)

We catch a revelation of the Father’s heart, His grace and His love. In the light of His grace and favour, we can open up the innermost places of our soul, where we have been hurt and damaged—and in that space, the experience of His love can heal us.

2. Soaking Worship Facilitates Encounter

Soaking worship encourages individuals to have a personal encounter with God. We set aside intentional time to worship and meet with Jesus.

3. Soaking Worship Allows the Prophetic Ministry of the Spirit to Flow

Soaking worship times encourage us to hear from God for ourselves as we open our hearts to Him. As we position in His Presence, our Father births His dreams in our lives and speaks of what is on His heart.

4. Soaking Worship Provides Replenishment

During times of soaking worship, we receive an impartation of the Holy Spirit into our hearts and lives. We intentionally surrender and yield all of our hearts and lives to Him—and what we present to Him, He takes and fills.

Soaking worship also has natural benefits. As we physically and mentally relax in God’s Presence it helps relieve us from stress, pressure and anxiety.

The above are personal benefits to the worshipper. However, God Himself delights in and benefits from our times of encounter and worship of Him. ‘I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me.’ (SOS 7:10)


Personal Soaking Worship

Soaking worship is something that we can incorporate into our personal times with God. It is especially helpful during seasons when we have experienced weariness, dryness or are at a crossroads when we need to hear what is on our Father’s heart.

It is important to remember that soaking worship is not a replacement for our devotional life, although it can complement it. Our experience of God should always be grounded in His Word and these times of encountering God should always be balanced with times of Bible study.


Leading Soaking Worship Sessions: Suggestions and Guidelines

If you are involved in leading public soaking worship times, here are some important things to remember:

  • Be intentional about creating a safe environment for people to encounter God.
  • Have a plan to minister to anyone who responds emotionally or who has a spiritual manifestation during a worship soaking time. Creating a safe environment may require you appointing leaders to—on the rare occasions it may be needed—take individuals aside and minister to them separately from the group.
  • Provide for those who have physical needs or limitations to have a comfortable place to sit or rest.
  • Acknowledge that some people are at different places in their relationship with God, and have different comfort levels of opening their hearts to Him. Allow people some different options in how to position and respond during a soaking time.
  • Because this is a time when individuals hear from God, it is important to foster an environment of prophetic integrity. Encourage people to talk with their leadership about any personal guidance or spiritual experience they receive during a soaking worship time. [3]
  • Being under spiritual oversight is vital for any prophetic endeavour and a safety net for those who are ministering in soaking worship sessions.

Notes:

[1] See articles under ‘related posts’ below on the topic of prophetic worship.

[2] For those who are on Spotify, I have just set up my own ‘soaking’ playlist. Search for ‘Helen Calder Soaking Worship’ on Spotify.

[3] See Prophetic Accuracy: Why Should Prophecy be Weighed Up?


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Prophetic Worship: What the Bible Says About Prophecy and Music

Prophecy, Instrumentation and Worship

During our early years of itinerant ministry in New Zealand, my husband Malcolm (aka ‘The Hunk’) and I often began with a song of praise or worship, accompanied by his acoustic guitar. [1] We sometimes used this to launch into a prophetic proclamation of God’s purposes over a church in song.

Prophetic praise and worship continues to be close to our hearts. I have recently been writing on the topic of prophetic worship, including:

Today I would like to share about the Biblical basis for prophetic worship by reviewing what the Bible says about the relationship between prophecy and music.

7 Windows on Prophecy, Music and Worship in the Bible

There is a strong link in the Bible between prophecy, instrumentation, and worship.

Here are some glimpses of this from both Old and New Testaments:

1. In 1 Samuel 10, the Prophet Samuel gave these instructions to the young Saul: ‘…as you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, tambourines, flutes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying.’ (1 Sam 10:5)

The Spirit of God came upon Saul when he encountered the prophets, and God chose that moment to anoint him for his calling as King.

2. The Prophet Elisha valued musical accompaniment as a means of providing an environment for prophecy. The Bible tells us, ‘While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came upon Elisha and he said, “This is what the LORD says…”‘ (2 Kings 3:15-16)

3. King David formally instituted prophecy to musical accompaniment, along with praise and worship, in the Tabernacle of David. We read in Chronicles, ‘David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals.’ (1 Chron 25:1)

4. Many Psalms—not just those written by David—are prophecy set to music. In the Psalms, prophecy and praise or worship are frequently interchangeable. Many Psalms contain Messianic prophecy that is fulfilled in the life of Jesus. (See for example Psalm 16:10, Psalm 41:9, Psalm 34:20, Psalm 110)

5. The early church recognized that praise and worship comprised of different types of songs, including ‘songs of the Spirit.’

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul made reference to ‘psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.’ (Eph 5:19-20 and Col 3:16-17) The Greek words translated ‘spiritual songs’ are oide pneumatikos and could also be translated ‘songs of the Spirit.’ (See also 1 Cor 14:15) These songs could be prophetic in nature, as well as spiritual songs of praise to God.

6. In providing instructions concerning a Church service, Paul anticipated that the meeting would include songs and prophecy, as well as teaching and instruction. (1 Cor 14:26)

7. In Rev 11:16-18, we read of throne room worship that included prophetic proclamation of what God was about to do.


Notes:

[1] Here’s a random piece of information for guitar lovers out there. Malcolm’s guitar is an American-made Guild D25 arch back, with mahogany sides and back, and a spruce top. It is over 30 years old (purchased during our dating years) and sounds as rich now as it has always done.


Can you think of some other times the Bible links prophecy and worship together? Or do you have a thought or testimony you would like to share about prophetic worship? Share it with us in the comments section of this article. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


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6 Benefits of Prophetic Praise and Worship

Do you want to hear God’s purposes for your life and ministry, or receive a fresh infilling of His Spirit? Do you desire to encounter God and know Him more? 

Prophetic worship is one way that you can have a face-to-face meeting with God—or provide a means for others to encounter Him. Prophetic praise and worship enables Gods message to be brought, or His purpose to be accomplished, in a worship setting.’ [1]

Here are 6 benefits of prophetic worship, followed with some ways that you can put this into practice in your personal life with God.

6 Benefits of Prophetic Praise and Worship

1. It Facilitates God Encounters.

God created us for face-to-face relationship with Him.

Our worship honours God and brings Him pleasure. However, if we view worship as being solely a one-way giving of our love and adoration to Jesus, we have not attained the highest purpose of worship.

God’s desire has always been to commune with His people. Prophetic worship enables the Father’s voice to be heard, His heartbeat to be felt, and His purpose to be accomplished.

When we encounter God in a time of prophetic worship, we are transformed and brought closer to Him. We leave that place knowing that God has touched our lives personally and that we will never be the same again.

2. It Enables us to Receive an Impartation from God

When we are yielded to Jesus in an attitude of love and worship, we are more receptive and open to Him than at any other time.

‘Impartation’ means a release of God’s power into our lives. This can be an infilling of His Holy Spirit, or a specific attribute of His nature; for example, He may desire to infuse us with peace, strength or faith.

We can have an expectation that as God leads us in praise and worship, we and others will be healed and set free from oppression. Psalm 107:20 says, He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

The young David was employed by Saul to play the lyre. As David played, the anointing of God on his music caused the demonic oppression to lift from Saul. (1 Sam 16:14-23)

3. It Breaks open the Atmosphere for God to Move

We know that an open Heaven is our inheritance. However, there are times when we have to contend for it, whether in our personal lives or in the Church.

This is where prophetic praise is especially helpful.

Praise is prophetic when it is directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit to accomplish Gods now purpose for our lives or a particular meeting.

Prophetic praise is the Spirit-led proclamation of who God is, of His attributes, of what He has done and what He will accomplish.

A benefit of prophetic praise is that it penetrates the atmosphere and pushes back oppression, apathy, fear or any other effects of spiritual warfare. (See 2 Chron 20, Psalm 149:5,9)

4. It Prepares Our Hearts for God’s Word

Prophetic worship is, at its foundational level, Spirit-directed and Spirit-empowered worship. (John 4:23-24)

During a time of prophetic worship, the Holy Spirit has begun to speak to us and our hearts are opened towards God.

When the preaching or personal study of God’s Word accompanies or follows prophetic worship, the two merge together and a continuum of inspiration from the Holy Spirit takes place.

5. We can Receive a Prophetic Message from God

In prophetic worship, God uses a song, instrumentation or other prophetic communication to speak His purpose into our lives—and that word has creative ability. Your Father may have a specific word of encouragement or instruction for you to receive.

Whether personally, or corporately in a meeting, prophetic worship provides both the expectation and the opportunity for God to speak to us. (1 Cor 14:26)

6. It is Powerful When Specific Breakthrough is Needed

Prophetic praise celebrates the fulfilment of God’s promises before they are manifested in the natural realm. Prophetic praise is one vehicle that God uses to release His power and bring about His purposes in our lives and in the Church.

We see examples of the power of prophetic praise in the Bible.

King Jehoshaphat sent singers and musicians out ahead of his army to celebrate the victory God had promised through His prophet. The battle was won as God routed the armies in front of the praisers. (2 Chron 20)

A song of prophetic praise was also significant to releasing God’s provision (Num 21:17-18), transforming barrenness into fruitfulness (Isaiah 54:1-3) and overcoming obstacles and persecution. (Acts 16)

How to Receive These Benefits of Prophetic Worship in your Personal Life

Last week I looked at prophetic worship in the Church setting. However we can also use prophetic worship in our personal life with God.

Note that any prophetic revelation (beyond general encouragement) received during personal times of worship need to be weighed up and followed through with leadership.[2]

1. ‘Soaking’ worship means positioning ourselves before God in a dual attitude of worship and of receiving or hearing from Him. As we yield to His Spirit, He fills us, empowers us and speaks to us.

Discover the unique way of connecting with God that suits you—for example, finding a quiet place accompanied by a worship CD, or walking outdoors in an attitude of worship and receiving. The key is to take time and to be intentional.

2. Develop a playlist of songs that are God’s ‘now’ encouragement for you personally, and listen to them regularly.

3. If you are a musician, take time with your instrument to worship God without a practice agenda. As you do, wait on Him for fresh inspiration, believe He is filling you with His Spirit, and allow Him to fill your heart and mind with the Father’s personal message to you and others.

4. When attending a worship gathering with others, enter in wholeheartedly and with the expectation that you will personally meet with God and receive All He has for you.


Notes:

[1] See my previous post, ‘A Vision for Prophetic Worship in Church Life.’

[2] See ‘The Power of Prophetic Accountability.’


Related Posts:

How Your Prophetic Song Can Release the Power of God

A Vision for Prophetic Worship in Church Life

4 Benefits of Soaking Worship


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A Vision for Prophetic Worship in Church Life

Of all the ministries I have participated in, prophetic worship is one that is very close to my heart.

I believe God is calling His Church to greater intimacy. It is time to revisit what prophetic praise and worship means, and to break it loose from limitations and stereotypes that have held us back from fully encountering Him in worship.

What is Prophetic Worship?

In prophecy, the Father’s mind, will and intention is communicated and we learn what is on His heart.

Prophetic praise and worship enables God’s message to be brought, or His purpose to be accomplished, in a worship setting. This may include a church service, but could also take place as one, a few, or many come before God in worship.

Prophetic worship could be seen as a Divine conversation. On our part, we are honouring and adoring God, whilst He in turn is breathing His purposes into our hearts and lives, and the life of our church.

Prophetic Worship—a Meeting Place

Many people consider that the ultimate purpose of worship is a one-way giving of our praise, love and adoration to God.

And yet God’s highest purpose for worship is encounter. He desires to meet with, and commune with His children. An early place of established worship was the Tabernacle of Moses. God referred to it as ‘the tabernacle of meeting where I will meet with you.’ (Exodus 30:36)

Today, God is saying, ‘I want to meet with you. I want to commune with you. Will you take time to encounter Me and hear My voice?’

Breaking Prophetic Worship out of the Box

Many people think of prophetic worship in the Church environment is dependent upon having:

  • Lengthy, unstructured times of praise and worship
  • Prophetically gifted team members and
  • The ability to bring extemporaneous (impromptu) songs, instrumental chord progressions, etc.

And whilst this is one way in which prophetic worship can be facilitated, we need to remember that the Holy Spirit is not limited by style or culture. Following are some ways in which prophetic praise and worship can be incorporated into church life:

1. Spontaneously or Ahead of Time

A time of praise and worship can be directed by the Holy Spirit in the moment, as the leader or individuals within a worship team have the liberty to express what God may be saying, or where He is leading. However it is just as prophetic when a worship leader prays ahead of time and seeks God for what is on His heart for the Church or individuals on the day.

2. By Song or Instrumentation

A song can be prophetic, and has the benefit of conveying God’s intention through language. However instrumentation can also be prophetic and is a Biblical means of conveying God’s heartbeat or purpose from His Spirit directly to our hearts. [1]

3. In the Choice of Songs

A song list, or individual choice of songs can be prophetic—affirming what God is doing in the lives of individuals or in the Church on the day, in the moment, or during a season.

For example, if there has been a significant prophetic word brought to the Church that has been affirmed by the leadership, this can also be reflected in song. Or the church leadership may have a God-given vision, which is incorporated into the choice of songs that are being used in Church life in a given season.

4. Prophetic Songwriting

New songs have the potential to be like new wineskins, containing the fresh anointing of what God is doing.

This is where prophetic songwriting (writing songs that reflect either God’s ‘Now’ purpose or a future prophetic vision) can be a blessing to a Church, whether individually, in a movement, or even globally.

5. Other Media used to Convey a Prophetic Insight

Prophetic worship can utilise songs and instruments. But there are many more means that the Holy Spirit can use during a time of praise and worship to express the Father’s purposes.

Remember that these do not have to be spontaneous—they can be prayerfully organised prior to a meeting:

  • A spoken prophetic prayer or exhortation,
  • A Scripture
  • Prophetic poetry
  • Dance or drama that expresses Father’s purpose for the meeting, the Church or individuals
  • Unusual instrumentation (any instrument not regularly used in our particular setting, e.g shofar)
  • Prophetic art
  • Multi-media can also contain prophetic elements

6. In the Context of Evangelism

‘But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”’ (1 Cor 14:24-25)

Prophetic worship is not just for Christians. Encountering the heart of God in a worship service can have a life-changing impact on someone who does not yet know Jesus.

Prophetic worship is relevant to every church setting, whether structured or unstructured, time-constrained or open-ended, whether one instrument or vocalist, or many.We need to break prophetic praise and worship out of the box and be open to the many ways that Holy Spirit can lead us.

In upcoming posts, I will be considering

  • Examples of prophetic worship in the Bible
  • The power of prophetic praise and worship and what it can accomplish in a meeting
  • How to evaluate a prophetic contribution (prophetic accountability) in a church worship setting

Notes:

[1] I will be sharing more about prophetic instrumentation in a future article.

[2] For more on prophetic art, see my posts in the Prophetic Art Category


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How Your Prophetic Song Can Release the Power of God

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Do you have more ideas of different ways that prophetic can be brought into worship, or an experience to share? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the comments box. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


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