A couple of weeks ago I was called out during a church meeting and given a personal prophecy—a message from God—by a visiting team from another church.

A person who did not know me spoke accurately of my gifts, passion, and future direction. I have since been given an MP3 of the word as well as the typed prophecy.

Receiving a personal prophecy can be a powerful moment—a reminder that God knows you intimately, cares for you personally and has a mind-blowing purpose for your life. Maybe someone has paused whilst praying for you and given you a word from God, or written an encouraging Bible verse on a card that spoke of great things to come in your life.

It is a trait of prophetic people in particular to collect prophetic words. I have a journal in my drawer overflowing with messages from God for my family and for me. Some of them are years old and have already been fulfilled, some speak of great things yet to come in our lives, others are… well, a mystery.

If you have received but not recorded a personal prophecy in the past, you may have what was said in mind (Luke 2:19). I recommend writing it out, or at least making a note in your journal.

Whether fulfilled or unfulfilled, a personal prophecy can be of a great encouragement to you. Here are 4 things you can do with it:

1. Review your personal prophecy

Retain encouraging prophecies and review them regularly (Hab 2:2-3). Prophecies that have already come to pass are a reminder of God’s faithfulness. Prophecies that speak of your future can encourage you and strengthen your sense of purpose.

2. Pray about your personal prophecy

Praying about a prophecy will help you determine whether it is really from God—you will have a sense of peace and confirmation about a true word, even when the thought of it coming to pass is overwhelming!
Jesus taught us to pray for God’s will to be done (Matt 6:10), so it is good to pray for the fulfilment of your prophecy, not just sit back and wait for it to happen.

3. Share your personal prophecy

Talk to your close friends and leaders—the people who share your spiritual journey—about the prophecy, along with the hopes and dreams you have in relation to it. They will support you, dream with you and pray with you. They will encourage you and help keep you accountable to God’s plans for your life in the tough times.
Be careful not to share your word with someone who will pull you down, or be disbelieving or negative about it (Matt 7:6)

4. Wage spiritual warfare with your personal prophecy (see 1 Tim 1:18)

Sometimes, before a prophecy is fulfilled, it seems as though the very opposite of what the Lord said is taking place in our lives. The great heroes of the Bible had this experience (check out Abraham, Joseph, David).
Sometimes the enemy can try and steal away the word God has given us (Matt 13:4).
A great thing to do is to anchor your prophecy to scripture and pray and declare God’s truth about your life. This will build your faith and counteract discouragement.

Remember that God is sovereign—no one except we ourselves can stand in the way of a true word from God coming to pass. A prophecy can be a great reminder to keep our response to difficult people and events healthy, letting go of past hurts, as well as to hold our course in the face of opposition.

Some don’ts about personal prophecy:

  • It’s OK to desire a prophetic word, but it is not healthy to chase after personal prophecy. We need to pursue God, and use the Bible as our main source of guidance and direction
  • Don’t swallow any prophecy whole without carefully considering it against what the Bible says, the nature of God, and whether it sits right with you (1 Thess 5:19-21)
  • Don’t change direction quickly in response to a prophecy. A prophetic word should bring confirmation. Remember also that a prophecy can relate to a time in the distant future. If you are considering a change of direction in response to a prophecy, I recommend that you take time to pray and consider it, as well as talk to a church leader and people who know you well about it (Prov 11:14)

Now, I think I will go dust off that journal…

Related Posts:

How To Make The Most Of Your Personal Prophecy

How to Know a Personal Prophecy or Dream Interpretation is From God

Is Personal Prophecy Biblical?

© Helen Calder   2009   Enliven Blog

Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

8 thoughts on “4 Things you can do with your Personal Prophecy”

  1. Darling, I read this and its fantastic. This is an area that tons of people wonder about. Maybe you should expand it and write a booklet.

  2. Hi Helen,

    You are right that prophecy will usually encourage and confirm direction for us. God wants His children to be mature and expects us to hear His voice ourselves and not be dependent on another.

    Here is a story I heard a while ago:

    A visiting speaker preaches and afterward one of the church members approaches him with a prophecy that he is to go to Africa and will share the Good News that God loves them with a remote tribe deep in the bush. The visiting speaker then insists the local member accompany him. The local member is quite taken aback. The visiting speaker explains that he truly believes it is important to serve God fully and in every way, and that he would not want to fail God through not hearing accurately all that God was calling him to do, and that since he had totally missed this particular call then the only way he could be sure of following God fully in future was if the local member came with him since he clearly needed his better hearing. And surely God would not have revealed this direction to the local member unless He wanted him on the journey too.

    In the end neither went to Africa.

    Your advice about testing and letting it sit is quite correct. Paul said that now we see dimly and only know in part (1 Corinthians 13:9-12) so the implication is that it must be tested for complete accuracy is beyond us in this world. And the perspective of others is valuable.

    Hence the concept of Prophet People and not just Prophetic Person.

    Great post Helen,

    Keep up the good work,

    Ray Keefe

  3. My God! This is prophecy simplified. Easy to understand and follow. I always believed in the prophetic and read books on it, but the prophetic was made so complicated we nearly lost interest. But now my people and myself as a minister are not only enjoying it but we prophecy like nobody’s business__we pray prophetically, especially in warfare prayer as our ministry mandate is to “outwit satanism and witchraft, to defeat and overthrow marine and witchraft churches (as directed by the Holy Spirit), to overpower marine and witchraft pastors and destroy their influence and to set people free from satanic curses and bondage.”

    Your teachings came handy and at the right time! May the God of peace grace you and your team with more glory and insight in the mysteries of the kingdom.

    1. It’s great to hear from you, Apostle Mpho. I’m glad you are finding the teaching helpful and empowering. May you be enriched and graced in your ministry.

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