Change the atmosphere by speaking prophetic words of lifeOver the years that my husband Malcolm and I have traveled for ministry, we have noticed that just as places have a unique physical environment, they also have a distinctive atmosphere.

An atmosphere is defined by the dictionary as ‘the pervading tone or mood of a place…’ [1]

What is true of localities is also true of our families, our ministries and workplaces, or any group, church, or sub-community.

It is also true of our lives.

Have you stopped to consider what the prevailing atmosphere of your life, family, church, ministry or locality is right now?

Many things can impact the atmosphere of a region, for example:

  • The history, any injustices that have taken place
  • The distinctive culture or culture-mix of residents
  • Memories and emotions concerning events that have occurred locally
  • Spiritual strongholds that are unique to the area
  • Judgments and opinions related to politics, people, systems, and organizations
  • Expectations (or lack of them) with regard to “a future and a hope.” (Jer 29:11)

In the same way, there are factors from the past, and things taking place right now, that may be affecting the atmosphere of your family or your personal life.

The amazing thing is, in spite of all these things, an atmosphere can be changed. This is the power of the Gospel!

How to Change the Atmosphere by Speaking Prophetic Words of Life

In the book of Acts, we learn of how the city of Samaria, once bound in deception to sorcery, heard the Good News about Jesus. The atmosphere of the entire city became one of ‘great joy.’ (Acts 8:8)

As followers of Jesus, we do not have to put up with or be affected by a negative atmosphere. Instead, we can partner with God to influence and transform the atmosphere.

In Genesis 1, we read of how the earth’s atmosphere was dark and empty. When God spoke a ‘let there be’ word, that atmosphere was transformed. Light came. Life came.

When we speak in agreement with what Father is speaking, creative power is released for the fulfillment of His plans. ‘For no word from God will ever fail.’ (Luke 1:37)

5 Ways to Speak Prophetic Words of Life

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.’ (Prov 18:21)

The Bible tells us that life-giving power is released when God’s people speak words of life. Here are 5 ways that you can speak prophetic, life-giving words that will transform the atmosphere around you:

1. Focus on and Talk about what God is doing (and what He Intends to do)

Jesus said, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10)

When we are going through a trial, it is easy to focus on the difficulty and the pain. In these situations, ‘death’ has to do with loss and the passing of something. Life means something fresh and new is here and on its way.

It takes a special kind of focus to see what the Holy Spirit is up to. Yes—we can be honest concerning the facts of what is taking place. However, we can choose a Kingdom perspective. Let’s gossip about the goodness and purposes of God—and when we do, the atmosphere will shift.

2. Speak Blessing

There is life-giving impact when we speak, pray or declare words of blessing over people, situations, and over ourselves.

A blessing does not have to be formal. It can be spoken in a natural way (‘May you receive God’s healing in your body’ / ‘May you experience growth and increase in your business.’)

We can offer to pray a blessing over a person or situation. We can also incorporate blessing as a tradition—for example in our family life. Words of blessing will change the atmosphere. [2]

3. Pray with Praise and Thanksgiving

Prophetic praise and prayer celebrate God’s outcome before it even manifests physically—and those declarations of praise and thanks shift the atmosphere and contain the power for a breakthrough. Miraculous power is released when we pray according to God’s purposes in Jesus’ Name. [3]

4. Use Prophetic Scripture Declaration

Pray and ask God for specific Scriptures that reflect what His heart and purpose are, and what He is doing.

‘Prophetic’ means that we have insight from the Holy Spirit and God’s Word as to God’s intended outcome for a situation or for people. There is a tremendous authority when we declare God’s Word.

5. Take Every Opportunity to Share the Gospel

The good news about what Jesus accomplished on the cross and how people can receive forgiveness and life through Him, changes lives and shifts atmospheres.
Jesus said, ‘The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.’ (John 6:63)
As we follow Jesus, we will become like Him.

What an amazing thought that we too can speak life-giving words, words that are full of the Holy Spirit and empower God’s purposes!


[1] Google request: ‘define: atmosphere’

[2] See the article ‘3 Mistaken Beliefs About God’s Blessing’ for more information about blessing.

[3] For important insights about prayer—whether it be for a personal, or regional breakthrough, see the post, ‘Fresh Ways to Pray for Your Nation or Region.’

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18 thoughts on “Change the Atmosphere by Speaking Prophetic Words of Life”

  1. 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. Deborah

  2. Una palabra de disculpa por no haber dado respuesta a su mensaje…Ahora que lo he leido con mucha atencion,me doy cuenta que todo esto puedo hacerlo,me refiero a UNA PALABRA DE VIDA,al visitar a un emfermo,en mi propia casa,en consejeria,etc…Puedo tomar porciones de la misma Palabra de Dios y declararla ,sin duda esto enrriquece mas mi vision de todo aquello que el Señor desea hacer a traves del ministerio que me ha dado.AGRADEZCO PROFUNDAMENTE SU TIEMPO Y DEDICACION PARA AYUDARME A DESARROLLAR AQUELLO PARA LO CUAL FUI ASIDO POR JESUCRISTO.ESPERO DARLE NOTICIAS DE ESTOS HECHOS PROFETICOS EN SU PROXIMA MISIVA PROFETICA.GRACIAS,MUCHAS GRACIAS POR SU AYUDA.

  3. Dear Jose, thank you for the note, I pray that you experience a fresh move of the Holy Spirit in your life and ministry!

  4. Brilliant, Helen. this is a very timely word. I have been on this journey for the past few years. In particular what the media continues to speak out [fear, dread and strife] About a year ago I was outside eating a manderine, dropping the seeds to the ground when Holy spirit said your words are like that, seeds that go into the world and produce after its own kind, sow an apple seed you get apples, we reap what we sow Gal 6:7, Is 55:11. Everywhere Jesus went he caused the atmosphere to change,at times he didn’t have to say anything it was just his presence, we carry that presence, that authority over all things in Christ, Jn 16:33.We need to get this living word in us Jn 7:38 and let it flow out, Lk 6:45, we need to think on the word to enable us to speak life,Prov 23:7, Phil 4:8.We need to see from heavens perspective which is inside us Matt 6:22. We are accountable for what we say, Matt 12:35-37. The world is subject to change, the word of God is not, we change the atmosphere around us by being who God has called us to be, the world is in the state it is in because of what people say and do, we just have to do something different,like declaring what God says not what circumstances say. God said to me, you don’t respond to what people say and do, you respond to the spirit of God inside you.

  5. Wow, David, great reminder re carrying the Presence of God with us – the atmosphere that shifts atmospheres, He Presence and life permeating the environment around us.
    That is such a great illustration about the seeds, it makes the truth so real and tangible when you can see a metaphor like that, your thoughts add tremendous value, thank you, much food for thought!

  6. Judy bush butler

    Praise The Lord Helen The Lord spoke these words to me in 2013 he said : Expect something new, something fresh, something different, something exciting, something unusual. I went to my bible and read Psalms 62:5 it reads My soul wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from him. The Lord had me to speak these words everyday over myself as well as others. I sent these words on Facebook as well. I’m still speaking these words in the atmosphere and there has been a change in my spirit first and truly e everyday I’m in expectation. God Bless you woman of God and thank you for your articles. Please continue to release them.

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