Develop Your Prophetic GiftA wonderful thing about prophecy is that at its basic level, a little child or a new Christian can hear from God and convey what He is saying. [1]

However, for those of us who desire to grow in the gift of prophecy—especially if God calls us to prophetic ministry as a primary focus—there are some good reasons as to why we should invest in the growth of our prophetic gift.

Why Develop Your Prophetic Gift?

1. God Requires Us to Steward our Gifts

‘Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.’ (1 Tim 4:14-15)

Growing in the spiritual gifts God has given to us is not just a good idea—it is something required of us.

With the gift, comes a responsibility.

And just as Paul exhorts Timothy to be diligent in paying attention to and progressing in the gift and calling on his life, so should we be intentional about stewarding our own gifts and calling.

2. In Prophecy, we Partner with the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the source of prophetic revelation. However He requires our partnership in order to share those insights with others.

It is an amazing thing that God entrusts His gifts and abilities to human vessels.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)

Whilst the gift is from God, we play our role in administering it.

By growing in our side of the partnership, we can reflect our Father’s heart, His ways and His intent in our operation of prophecy, with increasing accuracy.

3. Attributes that are Vital to Prophetic Ministry are Developed Through our Choice

‘In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.’ (2 Tim 2:20-21)

Some attributes that we need to be ‘prepared’ in for prophetic ministry include:

  • Godly character, so we can honour Jesus in the use of our gift with integrity
  • Wisdom, so that we know how to operate in the gift in such a manner that it benefits people as God intended
  • Intimacy with God so that our gift is anointed by His Presence—and so that we hear God’s voice clearly

4. More People Will be Encouraged and Drawn to Jesus Through our Gift

As we develop and grow in our gift and character, God can entrust more prophetic insights and revelation to us—and more ministry to people.

As a result, we have more opportunities to encourage others through our gift and the church will be built up:

‘But 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)

5. There are Practical Skills that can Help us in the Use of Prophecy

Our gift of prophecy will benefit by growth in the following areas:

  • Developing Scripture knowledge, so that we can weigh up revelation against the Bible and understand the basics of Biblical symbolism when moving in prophetic pictures, visions and dreams.
  • Any practical skills that relate to the use of our gift (this varies according to the arena He calls us to, for example, ministering at an altar in prophecy, prophetic song, writing and painting require different styles of communicating and skills).
  • The art of communicating so that we share what is on God’s heart with clarity and in a manner that reflects Him.

6. There is More! Our Prophetic Gift will Grow When we Invest Time into Developing it

A spiritual gift does not suddenly appear in our lives or ministries fully developed. There is always a process in which God trains and prepares us to grow in the use of that gift.

It is our responsibility to cooperate with this process, and be good stewards of the gifts, talents and abilities He gives us. This includes the gift of prophecy.

In the ‘parable of the talents,’ Jesus told a story about a master who gave money to each of three servants—He commended those who invested their money for a greater return, and admonished the one who buried his money out of fear. (Matt 25:14-30)

Multiplication and growth in our gifts, character and ministry honours God. Let us be like Timothy, and the wise and faithful servants, and invest in the prophetic gift God has given to us.


[1] See the article, ‘Can I Prophesy If I Do Not Have A Spiritual Gift Of Prophecy?’

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6 thoughts on “6 Reasons Why You Should Develop Your Prophetic Gift”

  1. Hi Helen,
    I have always known that a gift is something you give, not keep to yourself.John 3:16.Once Jesus had finished his assignment on earth it didnt finish there as he keeps on giving, Rom 8:34.If we really want to grow in our gift we need to use it or else we remain stagnate,Luke 6:38
    Jn 12:24.When we use our gift it empowers us in Christ 1Tim 4:7,8, to not only do good works but greater works.Eph 2:10,1Tim 6:18,Jn 14:12
    We are blessed to be a blessing and the giving of our gift to others actually opens the way for us,Prov 18:16.We are often afraid to use our gift incase we fail or we are wrong in what we say or do, but that way of thinking is not in our new nature in Christ, 2 Tim 1:7, we must also be a doer and not just a hearer of the word, James 1:22, i dont believe we can ever reach our fullness in Christ until we are operating in our God given gift, Eph 4:13.We all have this awesome gift inside us [Christ in you] Col 1:27, and we owe it to God,others and ourselves to administer it faithfully, Heb 11:6,We need to believe in and think on God, Phil 4:8,9, Is 26:3, and often a simple expression of our gift can do wonders for someone, just a few thoughts Helen, Blessings.

  2. Thank you David, love your train of thought here and rich reference list of scriptures. Such a great contribution – thank you!

  3. I am a firm believer that in order to walk in the area of ministry that God calls you to, you must embrace the call of God on your life. With this you must also be willing to study, prepare and get fully equipped to do the work of God with integrity and excellence. This requires constant training, along with prayer and study of the word.
    Finally, in order to be effective ones character must be made. The gifts will be most effective when ones character lines up with the word of God. God bless.

  4. oftentimes when I look into someone’s eyes I see something that troubles me. I have prayed about this for a long time and nothing more has come forth. Sometimes I believe I know what I am looking at, such as great sorrow, or the person has a drinking problem or issues with anger. My pastor told me I have the gift of discernment that only God could reveal to me what to do with it. I have read article after article and I feel i am no further than I was years ago. I even stopped looking into people’s eyes as I felt I grew to have a judgmental spirit and condemned myself for thinking such things about others. I continue to see things that I cannot name specifically but I cannot ignore what is before me. I have fasted and prayed, sought godly counsel ….and believed this is from the Lord and yet I am stuck with what to do. Can you help me?

    1. Hi Victoria, I sure do know what you are talking about as that was my experience for many years, although I do not perceive things as strongly now.
      One of the hardest things, is when you are discerning something via people’s eyes, it’s like it (the bondage or problem) is the first thing you meet, because it’s right there in your face!
      It has helped me to seek compassion for people and understand that there has been a doorway of hurt or something that has happened to them that has led to the issue or bondage. Every time I sense myself slipping into judgment (it seems you are aware of it too) I bring it to the Lord and ‘renounce’ it, I ask Him to help me see as He sees, to develop a heart to honour and love people. The ability is a challenging one to have, but one that can be used of the Holy Spirit, and I know He trusts you to nurture and grow in your gift, otherwise He wouldn’t have allowed you to walk in this path. Pray for them, minister towards them in the opposite spirit of what you have seen or sensed.
      Hope this helps 🙂

      1. Hello Helen!
        Thank you so very much! I will continue to love people, pray the Lord use me as He sees fit, and I will continue to walk in discernment and trust I am a vessel in the Potter’s hands still being formed.

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