5 Keys to Increasing Your Prophetic Authority

Prophetic Authority and the Ministry of Elisha

It’s a story that highlights the power of prophetic authority:
A group of prophets are building a larger meeting place. As one of them cuts down a tree, the iron axhead he is using falls into the water and sinks out of sight. In distress because the axhead was borrowed, he calls on Elisha to help him restore it. (2 Kings 6:1-6)

5 Keys to Spiritual AuthorityHere we have an entire company of prophets – and yet when a situation occurs that requires a miracle, only one prophet—Elisha, known as ‘the man of God’—has the authority to overcome the laws of nature and cause the iron axhead to float.

A similar thing takes place in 2 Kings 4:38-41, during a gathering of the prophets. There is a crisis in the kitchen and they are faced with a poison stew. Again, amongst the entire group of prophets, it is only Elisha who has the spiritual authority to cause a miracle to take place.

I believe that the call of God is going out at this time: ‘Will you be one of the many, or one of the few?’

Many can bring prophetic encouragement; only a few have the capacity and level of spiritual authority to walk into situations and bring life to that which is dead. Only a few can cause a miracle to take place by the word of their mouth or through a prophetic act.

In our day we will see ‘the few’ become many prophetic sons and daughters who carry spiritual authority for miracles and breakthrough.

Keys to Increasing Your Prophetic Authority

If you are called to a prophetic ministry or office, the above scenario will be most applicable to you. However, I believe God is calling all of us who have a prophetic gift to grow further in the anointing He has for us.

Wherever we go in our daily lives some people need a breakthrough miracle, and Jesus is inviting us to partner with Him in His Kingdom authority. With that in mind, the following are 5 keys from the life of Elisha on how to grow in your prophetic authority.

1. Know God Through Intimate Relationship and Know His Word

Elisha was known as ‘the man of God’ among the prophets. He was known for both his intimacy and his prophetic authority.

‘Those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits.’ (Dan 11:32b)

Develop your intimate relationship with God. This includes knowing Him through His Word, having a thorough knowledge of the Bible and standing by its authority without compromise.

2. Increase Your Prophetic Authority by Finding Someone to Serve

Elisha spent years serving as Elijah’s attendant. Some of the tasks he was required to do during this apprenticeship were menial. (2 King 3:11b) But all the while, he was observing, learning, and being infused with the faith and spiritual authority that were on Elijah’s life.

Start where God has placed you. Your ‘Elijah’ does not have to be a prophet—it may be the pastor of your local church. Be faithful and let God move you forward in your gift. If you are a ministry leader or senior pastor, find a godly Apostolic leader to relate to.

As Prophet David McCracken often says, ‘the authority you are under, determines the authority you carry.’ He calls it the Centurion principle. (Matt 8:5-13)

3. Step out of Your Comfort Zone

Elisha went further than other prophets of his time in his quest to follow God’s call on his life.

This is seen in his pursuit of Elijah when God was calling his master to Heaven. A group of fifty prophets stopped short at Jericho, whilst Elisha pursued Elijah past the point of no return. The Jordan waters miraculously parted for Elijah and still Elisha followed. Elisha knew that his destiny was up ahead. (2 Kings 2)

The increased prophetic authority that God has for you is beyond the comfort zone of your history and past experience.

4. Learn how to Release the Power of God

Elisha understood his God-given authority and was able to release the power of God into situations through a bold word or prophetic act, as the Holy Spirit led him.

Likewise, we need to understand that we have stewardship of God’s power.

Learn the dynamics between the prophetic ‘now’ word of God and releasing God’s power. Speak life-giving words and expect those anointed words to shift atmospheres and circumstances.

5. Be Willing to Empower Others on the Journey

In our opening story, Elisha was leading a company of prophets. This and other incidents were a training ground and a demonstration to them.

Elisha was not holding his knowledge to himself; he demonstrated to others what could be possible. He gave of his time and resources to bring up the next prophetic generation.

The prophetic gift, along with the wisdom and faith of its operation, is not for us to hold onto. It is not an exclusive gift or ministry.

Like Elijah and Elisha did, be willing to encourage and empower others in their gifts and ministry and your fruitfulness will be multiplied many times over.

Related Posts

Intimacy, Prayer and Releasing God’s Power

Elisha: 5 Lessons About Stepping Into Your New Era

Awakening to the Dunamis Power of God

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29 thoughts on “5 Keys to Increasing Your Prophetic Authority”

  1. This is so awesome…

    Staying in him daily with communication thru prayer and fasting.
    Humbling ourselves to spiritual leadership.
    Having a heart of bold faith and stepping into his ways.
    The spiritual discernment of proper pursuit and use of the prophetic gift itself. Understanding we are designed to edify through an anointed spirit man that is not possessive but a giver.

    Walking in his revelation and authorized by his power/dunamis. What a spiritual presence in your article.

    May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and protect your calling…..it is so valuable to the activated walk in his ways.

    Thank you

    1. Thanks Russ, you have such a great way of describing spiritual truth!
      This article is a very personal one to me this week, something I am currently being challenged to stretched and grow in. I was on a prayer walk, after being confronted with a need for a miracle in a situation I was ministering prophetically into, and the Holy Spirit spoke to me from this story. 🙂

  2. I must tell you that this site has (thank you all) systematically fed me exactly when I needed it and has provided the spiritual encouragement, as if it is God Himself who is speaking!! My family was baptized this weekend past by Pastor Russ Dizdar and we are so happy to be a part of God’s Family! Now it is time to use what God has bestowed upon me and share it with whom ever God puts on my path! AMEN!

  3. I am most privileged to have wonderful teachings about the prophetic come my way through you people! May the lord enrich your prophetic knowledge, instinct and abilities like He gave to the prophets of old. Amen! I have been richly blessed by this wealth of knowledge you are pouring down on us. I desire to grow my prophetic authority & I believe this platform will help….I look forward 2 more & more important, putting to practice all that I am learning from You. Thanks & God bless!

    1. Thank you, Ibukunolu, I pray you continue to receive much rich blessing to develop your gift. Thanks for sharing the journey with Enliven Blog!

  4. Helen

    When you begin to feel the unction of the Holy Spirit and are given prophetic information or communication do you usually/always have an intensity of your inner personal tabernacle or “spirit man” as you would for a corporate and overt move of the power of God? How would you describe the feeling received as the prophetic word falls upon one? At times when the Spirit quickens with the prophetic I find myself feeling more of a freshness of inner holiness as oppose to the falling of a heavy anointing. If I were not engaged in daily purity through repentance and an overt effort to be Holy through prayer, the word and at times fasting I would lean toward the question…..I know I feel you Lord….but I want the power/dunamis to be solely his authority while I yield as the vessel. During this time my spirit is at peace with his presence and pneuma but not necessarily a boom but more of a subtle freshness and firm feeling. I want to walk boldly and step faithfully but I do not have a specific experienced mentor in these questions.

    For example on the way home from church I began to talk to my beautiful Christian wife about the church service and immediately began to speak unwittingly with the authority an unction of the Holy Spirit. This experience was with a resolve as my inner spirit man was filled with the pneuma and foundation but not heightened just more flowing as a matter of fact.

    This also recently happened to me when my precious 86 year old mother and I were speaking of a vision she had and my verbal response was not me but again his fresh spirit speaking through me.

    Lastly, is this more a word of knowledge since it does not truly edify a body but more his presence ministering to one….while it also speaks to me?

    Isn’t the presence of an active real personal God so very exciting in our lives….it is so beyond our personal space yet so personal.

    God bless you and thank you.

    Respectfully Russ?

    1. Hi Russ, sorry about the delay in responding, I’ve had a writing deadline this week that’s prevented me getting to the blog comments.
      Your experiences sound wonderful. I believe we each have our own way of identifying the affirmation of the Holy Spirit when He is communicating to or through us.
      Mostly He communicates in light, spontaneous impressions and we need to respond in faith. We could call this the ‘still small voice’ of the Spirit (1 Kings 19:12) We don’t necessarily ‘feel’ a tangible anointing always (it is nice when we do). I often feel a personal sense of wonder, though, because the insights of the Spirit are brilliant, beyond anything I could think up myself!
      Re word of knowledge – there’s a lot of different ways the Holy Spirit can speak, in encouragement, exhortation, knowledge, wisdom…I think it can be helpful to put all of the different ways that He speaks under one description, ‘prophetic revelation’ as He can be so diverse in operation.

  5. yo estoy llamado al ministerio profetico,pero circunstancias, y problemas como las dudas, al ministrar algun hecho profetico o don,creo que han sido el obstaculo a vencer en mi vida profetica.Ya que en el pasado,Dios me mostro claramente como me respaldaria,pero debido a la emfermedad que padeci algunos años,como que emoezaron hacer mella en mi fe,y en el ministerio profetico,a tal grado,que dudo que pueda tener dicho oficio…veo a personas muy enfermas y siento en mi interior un deseo de verlos sanos…pero algo me detiene para no ministrarles. Oro por usted y su familia y ministerio. tratare de bajar las lecciones practicas al respecto.!saludo!

    1. Hi Jose, praying for your faith to be boosted and made strong! The challenge to all of us, I include myself, is to have our faith based – not on what our eyes see – but on God and His Word. Believing with you for your breakthroughs.

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