As the year draws to a close, the thoughts of many of us are turning to the New Year.

  • What lies ahead for us?
  • What are God’s plans for our lives in the coming year?
  • What promises does our Heavenly Father want us to lay hold of?

Many people are looking for prophecies for the coming year. They want to know what the prophets are saying.

Like them, you may be searching for that special word from God that your heart connects with; a prophecy that is His personal message for your own situation.

Reading prophecies from others can be encouraging—but there is something even better available to you and me. We can hear God’s voice for ourselves [John 10:4-5].

I am going to share some keys on how to receive a word of encouragement for you directly from God for the coming year.

But first, here are some personal stories to let you know how powerful even a simple and straightforward word can be.

A Word From God can Change Your Life

One regular visitor to our church office this past year brought me a great deal of joy. It was Brian—a retired, single man whose life has been transformed by a word from God.

As 2009 drew to a close, Brian’s life was the same as it had been for a long time. He describes it now as a life characterized by sadness. Brian found himself unable to stop continually dwelling on hurts and pain from the past.

Reading the book ‘The Shack’ at around this time gave Brian hope that his life could be different. A word came to him: it was ‘Freedom.’

Then one of our prayer leaders gave Brian a printed copy of my blog post on how to receive a personal word from God for the year 2010. At the top of the page was a space that read, “2010: Year of ______ “

One Sunday at church, our pastor’s message brought life to Brian’s soul. He responded to God and heard the Father speak personally to him, ‘I will set you free.’ From that moment, Brian was powerfully delivered.

He then wrote on the blog article, ‘2010, Year of Freedom.’

During the following months, Brian would often bring in the printed blog post and show me the words ‘Year Of Freedom’ along with a growing list of scriptures he added to the page in his own handwriting.

God’s Word was building his faith, enabling Brian to continue in the victory Jesus purchased for him on the cross.

A Word From God Can Herald Breakthrough

Late in 2009, I was participating in a prophetic worship night at our church, when I had a vision.

I saw myself smashing down a massive plate of glass that had a nice, smiling, but a superficial image of me on the front. Behind the glass, another, real, ‘me’ was waiting to break out: a warrior and leader, who would call people to serve Jesus and join His army.

At that moment, to my amazement, a team member took the microphone and sang a prophetic song of the Lord calling His people to war.

Realising that the act of smashing down was symbolic of repentance, I took time to repent of projecting an image of myself that I felt would make me acceptable to people and to God. This image was an idol, standing in the way of being all that my Father had created me to be. It was keeping me trapped in a lifestyle of performance. [1]

As 2010 approached, I was praying about God’s purposes for the coming year and the vision kept coming to mind, along with the words, ‘Break Out.’
I felt that God’s word for me was that 2010 would be a ‘Year of Breaking Out.’

My husband Malcolm felt that God was saying something similar to him.

‘Breaking Out’ proved true for us on many fronts. We broke through some stuck places spiritually, as a couple, and in our finances. New ministry opportunities began to emerge for me personally.

A Word From God Can Sustain Us in Times of Trial

But the fulfillment of God’s word is not always comfortable.

In May 2010, ‘Breaking Out’ was to prove painful as I felt that God was leading me to lay down a ministry leadership role.

I shared this with mentors and leaders in my church, who confirmed this guidance was from the Lord. The anointing of the Holy Spirit was evident in the decision and in the handover to a new leader.

For a short time, I felt lost. I knew I had broken out into a new place but had no way of defining what that was. Knowing that God ordained my ‘Breaking Out’ helped me to trust Him for my future.

It was not long before the Holy Spirit revealed the Father’s plan. As I entered 2011, an exciting new door of ministry was opening for me.

How You Can Receive Your Own Word From God for the New Year

Here are some simple steps to waiting on God for a personal word for the coming year. Of course, you can receive a lot more than a single word—however, I have found that encapsulating God’s message for your year in one or two words can help you remember and focus on His purpose for you throughout the year.

1. Pray and ask your Father to give a word concerning His promise and plans for your coming year

There are many ways in which you might receive a revelation. He might speak through a through, scripture, a picture, an idea, or some other way [2]

2. Pray and ask the Lord for any further insights about the word.

I like to look the word up in a dictionary or thesaurus to clarify the meaning, as well as pray and seek out scriptures that reinforce what God is saying

3. If the word goes beyond simple encouragement and compels you towards action or change, remember that principles of interpretation and accountability apply to the word [3]

What you can do with your word

1. Write down or journal about how you received the word and what it means to you.

2. Share it with those around your life who can rejoice with you when it is fulfilled and encourage you on when times get tough

3. Keep it in front of you throughout the year.

4. Review the word and its outcome at the year’s end. As I have done, you can reflect upon what God has done in your life throughout the year and how the prophetic word has been fulfilled.

[1] If my thoughts about performance resonated with you, the following post may be helpful:

No Longer An Orphan: How I Discovered The Father’s Love

[2] For more about this topic, check the following post:

How To Receive A Revelation From God

[3] As I did in the above story, I advise submitting what appears to be a directive word, or guidance, to a leader. For more about how to determine whether a word is of God, the following posts may help:

4 Things You Can Do With Your Personal Prophecy

How Can You Tell If A Personal Prophecy Or A Dream Interpretation Is From God?

© Helen Calder
Enliven Ministries: Prophetic ministry for a revival generation

24 thoughts on “How to Seek A Prophetic Word For The New Year”

  1. Honey, reading this causes rejoicing in my heart at what the Lord has done with and through us this year. Yeah God!!! I am especially proud of you and the way you have handled the change in line with God’s Word. You are amazing!!! 2011 will be just…as exciting. I can’t wait to lock onto the Word God has for us as a couple and a family!!

  2. Great solid teaching as always Helen! I look forward to hearing about your exciting news for 2011…
    Tomorrow (31-12-10) and the next couple of days I am sharing some thoughts I am feeling for 2011 through BIY. Let me know what you think.
    Bless ya heaps and happy New Year.
    Steve – your fellow journeyor!

  3. Hi Helen – I had been praying about my ‘word for 2011’ – around the same time as I read your lastest blog!

    I don’t know whether it’s particularly ‘spiritual’ — but my word is ‘adaptable’ — so I believe 2011 is to be ‘a year of adaptability’ for me. Don’t know what it’s going to involve, but if it’s what God wants me learn about – then I think I am in for an interesting journey.

    The dictionary defintion of ‘adaptable’ is – flexible (bendy, lithe, supple); malleable (acquiescent)’ ; pliable (flexible, supple), adjustable; compliant (obedient, yielding, amenable, accommodating); submissive; yielding. Now there are some words there that struck me – particularly ‘compliant’ and it’s derivatives!

    Then I was thinking about things like ‘power’ adaptors – double adaptors, and the special adaptors we need when we go to other countries so we can access their power supply. So, I think God is wanting me to be like one of those ‘adaptors’ -plugged into Him as the power source!

  4. Wow–I love that Jenny, there is a lot in your word, isn’t there?
    I love how you also thought of the power adaptors and being plugged in to God as your Source.
    There is something else I think of in relation to that word, especially in the idea of flexibility–and that is a ‘new wineskin.’ I believe that there is a promise for you, that as you are adaptable and flexible you will be able to both participate IN the new work that our Father is doing, and be a container for the ‘new wine’ of His Spirit in this season as well. That is a wonderful promise and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead in this coming year for you 🙂

  5. Earlier this year as my Pastor laid hands on me the word he had for me was joy, joy, joy. For several days after that the annoiting of the Lord was so very strong. When I was reading your blog those words came flooding back to me. I am standing on Neh. 8:10. The Joy of the Lord is my strength. I know that where ever the Lords leads He will give me the strength to do His will. I am looking forward to see where He is leading me.

    1. Hi Shirley, that is an awesome word! I believe that as you catch that vision of living a life characterised by joy, your spiritual life is going to become highly contagious to others…people around you are going to be impacted by your life in a way you haven’t even seen before now. Living a life of joy is the ultimate demonstration of God’s Kingdom, as Paul said in Rom 14:17, ‘the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.’

  6. Thanks Helen! I have been nibbling on your blog posts as I’m able and they’ve helped me to focus my prayers and thoughts during this challenging trip “home” to southeast Asia.

    The one word I’ve got so far for 2011 is “HOME”.

    I got impressions of 3 ways this word is going to come to pass:

    *Lost sons and daughters returning to Father God, not only in my extended family and circle of friends but in my communities

    *Psalm 68:6 — His “making a home for the lonely” (that would be me >.<)

    *Restoration of lost inheritance leading to both physical "homelessness" and emotional rootlessness

    1. Sharon, that is the most amazing word, and revelation from the Father’s heart to you. I see a picture it being fulfilled in concentric circles… at the very centre you finding your heart fully at home in Father God, and then moving outwards from there. He is doing an amazing work in your life and today I pray this prayer for you:
      (Eph 3:14-19)
      For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.’

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