How do you know if you have a spiritual gift of prophecy?

It is common for people who are in the early stages of developing a prophetic gift to experience uncertainty and questions. If you can relate to this, the following list of signs will encourage you to keep moving forward and develop your gift of prophecy:

8 Signs You May Have a Prophetic Gift

1. You Desire a Close Relationship with God

Prophetic insights from the Holy Spirit, are sourced in an intimate relationship with God—His Presence is where you hear His voice and receive revelation from Him.

So one sign you have a prophetic gift is that you are not satisfied with a shallow relationship—you want to be close to Him.

That is because God has called you to be one who hears the whispers of what is on His heart—to learn what His intention is and pass it on to others. (John 13:23-25)


2. You Want to Learn About Prophecy

‘Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.’ (1 Cor 14:1).

A hunger or longing for a gift can be from the Holy Spirit, as He is drawing you towards God’s purpose for your life.

This is the hidden stage of a gift—where very few people, except those who are close enough to know the desires of your heart, are aware that you have the ability. But God knows—He has placed that desire within you because He is drawing you towards your destiny. ‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart’ (Psalm 37:4)


3. You Tend to Pray Prophetically

A gift of prophecy often shows up in prayer before it manifests in other ways.

  • You find yourself praying something spontaneously that you hadn’t thought of—and you realise the Holy Spirit has led you
  • You are praying for another person or situation—and you get feedback that what you prayed for was exactly what was needed
  • You discover God has given you knowledge in prayer that you could not know by natural means

Prophetic prayer is powerful—because you are praying according to God’s purposes. As 1 John 5:14-15 says, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’


4. You Have Had Confirmation that you Accurately Hear from God

A sign that you have a gift of prophecy is that you build up a track record of hearing from God accurately. For example:

  • People you have prayed for, or shared prophetic encouragement with, have given you feedback that your prophetic insight was spot on
  • You have found yourself thinking about a Scripture or message—and then your Pastor or another person shared the same one
  • You have journaled something you believe God is saying—and it has come to pass

Very often these kinds of confirmations are private—this is the Holy Spirit giving you are nudge to explore your prophetic gift further.


5. People Have Been Helped by Prophetic Insights You have Shared

Accuracy alone is not a sign you have a gift—in the Bible, a spiritual gift must be exercised in love and bear good fruit that honours God (1 Cor 13, 14).

The Apostle Paul said, ‘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)

So important questions to ask are:

  • ‘Have people been helped, encouraged, strengthened and comforted by the prophetic insights I have shared?
  • ‘Has the church been built up?’

The sign of a prophetic gift is that people are helped and drawn closer to God by what you have heard from God and shared.


6. You Find Yourself in Circumstances Where a Word from God is Needed

One sign of a prophetic gift is that God engineers circumstances to gently push you into needing to hear from Him. You find yourself in a place where you need to respond and act on what you hear. For example:

  • Someone you are praying with needs a word of encouragement from God, or
  • You have some personal circumstances where prophetic guidance is necessary

7. You Have Prophetic Values

Here are some core values that those who have a gift of prophecy tend to have in common:

  • A love for God’s Presence
  • A high value on hearing God’s voice and the prophetic gift and ministry
  • A passion about God’s prophetic promises
  • A love for holiness and justice and the righteous standard of God’s Word

You may wonder why other people don’t see things the same way as you do—but the reason is, God has placed prophetic values in your DNA. It’s how He has designed you.


8. You Have Been Through a Trial in Relation to Your Gift of Prophecy

A pattern we see in Scripture is that someone who has a ministry calling goes through a trial, or a failure, or what we might call a ‘wilderness experience’ in relation to their gifts. So if you have had difficulties, or you have felt shut down in the area of prophecy, be encouraged. This may well be a sign you are gifted and called in prophecy.

God has an end in mind. Don’t let the enemy hook you to a past experience through hurt or disappointment. Remember Proverbs 4:23 says, ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’

Do whatever it takes, forgive others and yourself; keep your heart free to move on, pick up your prophetic gift once more, because God is coming through for you.


What to read next:

How to develop your prophetic gift: where to begin
Taking the pressure off when you are growing in prophecy


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238 thoughts on “8 Signs You May Have a Gift of Prophecy”

  1. PETER HWENGWERE

    Thank you Helen. This is exactly what k have been experiencing , i thank God that He used you to encourage me. Stay blessed in Jesus Christ’s name.

  2. Dear brethren I almost experience all of the mentioned signs but I still find it difficult to tell someone I saw in him/her as people don’t take me serious.some say I’m crazy.

  3. Pastor Dan Steve Nii Tagoe

    God bless you Helen! Through your publications and especially those on the prophetics like the above, I have been heavily blessed and encouraged to cultivate my prophetic gift for the edification of the body of Christ. I have learned of barriers to exploring the prophetic gift that you shared which were just what l have experienced over some years ago. I am always happy to read your prophetic articles. God graciously bless you more for teaching the Word the way you do!
    Amen!

    1. Hello Pastor Dan, thanks for leaving the note! I’m happy to hear you’ve found the articles helpful – may you continue to be enlarged and flow in what God has for you

  4. Dr Tobias S.Wakhungu

    Dear servant of God,
    You spoke to my heart! Am always hungering for God. I know in my heart of hearts that the Lord wants me to operate in prophetic ministry. There is this urge from within that has pushed me to desire more about prophetic ministry and how to operate in that gift. Recently, I have been operating in prophetic dreams. In 2015, I had a dream in which I was running on a road. And as I continued to run, I saw my assistant pastor jeering or ridiculing me but I continue to run. My purpose was complete the race. Several months later, he almost split the church, when he left and started his own ministry. Few members of the church followed him. This was very hard for us but we have since recovered and most of the members who left are back! This is just an example of how I operate these days.

    1. Thanks for sharing that testimony, Dr Tobias. I love the way the Holy Spirit can warn, exhort and prepare us supernaturally like that, to take us through trials up ahead. That’s a powerful testimony and I’m inspired – I believe we will see more of this type of prophetic dreaming and preparing in times to come. May your church and ministry continue to grow in His extraordinary grace.

  5. I’m a new born so to speak, I came to the Lord on the 10th of Dec 2016, I would like to know how I can identify the gifts that I have recieved or rather the ones that I will grow in. I pray to hear God’s voice, I do not know how to identify this. Things I’ve done and scriptures I’ve read that came to mind was fitting for the situation I was in and had prayed for guidedence. But this has gone quite, I’m told by my pastor that there is huge growth, but it does not feel like it. I’ve had strong profetic word from a profet…..but do not know how to intrepret it, I have prayed about this, I have asked for wisedom regarding this…..but not a sign or a squeeck. I want to feetl God’s presence I want to hear Him speak and I want to speak in tongues…..can you please advise in this regard.

  6. What about caring for people, love them…and they accuse you of evil, or are afraid you can see through to the hidden sin or secrets that need repentance, won’t look you in the eyes, what about them constantly accusing you of being crazy. How do you know it’s a gift or if it’s a curse. Money has Always been stolen, with held… Or inaccessible. Rejection, seemingly ostracized by many … To the point I don’t know why I am here, alive, unless it’s lot in life to be tormented like that, yet sometimes it seems I pray for people and they’re healed or touched by His light somehow. Thanks for this article, at least I know I’m not Alone thought sure seems like it.

    1. Sorry to hear that Kimberly, sounds like you’ve got a lot going on there…praying for you right now

    2. Kimberly, you are experiencing the spiritual attacks that the enemy uses to discourage prophetic people, especially those with a calling for deliverance ministry. Persecution! I went through that in all areas of my life at the same time for 3 years. It gets better. Continue to pray for people. God is using you to heal them and using them to train you.

      I recently rewatched the TV show “Joan of Arcadia”. The basic premise is that an average teen begins to see and hear God. It’s like an intro class in the gift of prophecy set in a modern environment. I watched it years ago…and I’ve since gone through everything the main character went through in those 2 seasons. You will probably be able to relate. God actually restarted me in “training” from where He left off when I was a child, before I wandered away…

      JESUS: “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.” (Matthew 5:11-12 NLT)

      http://bible.com/116/mat.5.11-12.NLT

      2 Timothy 3:12-14 NLT

      Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.

  7. I feel I have discernment gift, I don’t know what happen, when I discerned I have a severe headache and sometimes swaying me in my headache, I just observed my self, when I pray warfare the more headache, I don’t know ??

    1. Sorry to hear that Connie – these are the kinds of things it is good to have pastors and leaders around who can pray with us and help on the journey – I pray you can find someone nearby to share with

  8. Thank you, Helen. Two days ago I wrote a prayer in my journal asking the Holy Spirit to confirm to me if I am a prophetic intercessor. Others in ministry have spoken this over me and I know He is leading me forward as an intercessor. But the prophetic part has been unclear to me at times. So I poured out my heart to Him and surrendered to His desires for me. Then this morning I received your message on the prophetic. I am greatly encouraged not only with your teaching but how He answers the prayers of our heart.

      1. Ellen, thank God for using you for the 8 sings I have been experiencing those singe for a long time, allso I have been seeing different thing like a shadow and sometimes I saw a light I really don’t know want it is but I would really want to know

  9. Kaylin Scheepers

    Hi Helen

    Thank you for always sharing your wonderful prophetic words.

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your articles each week.

    I have 2 questions that I was wondering if you could help me with?

    1. What is the difference and similarities between the gift of prophecy and gift of discernment?
    I have read a similar article to above on the gift of discernment and I identify with characteristics and signs from both. But having trouble distinguishing between the two.

    2. What tips would you recommend or insight can you provide for spiritual growth in general but also spiritual growth and maturity to actually hearing God’s voice?

    I would really appreciate your insight!

    God Bless!

    1. Hello Kaylin,
      sometimes people have trouble distinguishing between the two gifts because they have both gifts and they are being used in tandem (e.g. a prophetic intercessor who receives alerts and warnings may have both and these are used together).
      In general, discernment has to do with the distinguishing of spirits – discerning whether the source of something is Heavenly, human, or demonic. Prophecy has to do with discovering and sharing God’s intention, His heart, mind, will.

  10. Hi Helen,
    Thanks for your insights. I have noted that both Elijah and John the Baptist wore coats of camel’s hair. The Lord gave me one too, and said later that it made me who I am.
    Do all prophets get a coat of camel’s hair?

    1. Yes John the Baptist’s appearance was similar to Elijah’s and that was a sign of his ministry. I haven’t looked into symbolism…would be interesting to find out!

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