The Heart of Prophetic Ministry

At the heart of prophetic ministry: Let there be light. Sun shining through treesLight.
The first words God spoke at the start of Genesis, were “let there be light!”
It is the first prophetic pronouncement in the Bible.
And it calls us back to the very heart of the Father, and prophetic ministry.
In all that we do, in all that we say, in all we declare—we are proclaiming, “Let there be light!”

Let the Father’s will be done here.
Let God’s Word be honored here.
Let the revelation of all Jesus is, be made known here.
Let the Holy Spirit’s power be released.
“Let there be light!”

“Pay Attention!”

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, NKJV)

This week, I was meditating on Jesus’ words about the vine and the branches.
Being vitally connected to Him is the source of fruitfulness, in our lives and prophetic ministry!

And I began to reflect on how plants not only feed and grow from the roots up—but they also receive life from above.
Plants literally feed from light!
It’s a process we call photosynthesis.

Our word “photosynthesis” comes from two root words, the first meaning “light” and the second, “build”, or “put together”.

“Build with light!” The words leapt out at me, and in that moment I knew the Holy Spirit was speaking.

“Pay attention!”

5 Ways to Grow in Prophetic Ministry

I believe this insight about prophetic ministry is for all of us—and especially, those of us who want to develop in our ability to hear from God and minister to others.

The simple phrase, “Let there be light”, helps to highlight these important building blocks of prophetic ministry:

1. Be Bible-Based

The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” (Psalms 119:130 NKJV)

To minister in the prophetic, is to firstly encounter God in His word.

Here are some of the reasons why studying the Bible is vital to growth in prophetic ministry:

  • Scripture is the primary way God speaks to us
  • The Bible is the standard by which we weigh up every prophetic insight we give or receive
  • It is a rich treasury to help us understand prophetic symbolism and the ways the Holy Spirit speaks
  • The Bible helps us with prophetic guidance: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalms 119:105 NKJV)

The ultimate power of the Bible is that as we look into it, it reveals who Jesus is.
It shows us the Gospel.
And it empowers us to accurately reveal God and His prophetic word to others.

“Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle.” (Psalms 43:3 NKJV)

2. Be Jesus-Centered

Many plants, as they grow, turn instinctively towards the light.
The image is a reminder, of the blessing that is ours, as we remain centered on our “one thing” (Psalm 27:4):

  • Beholding Jesus, our source of light and life!

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKJV)

Our great desire in prophetic ministry should be to pursue Jesus, and to become like Him.

Yes, there are great prophets in the Old Testament, and we can learn from them.
But we discover our ultimate model for prophetic ministry is not Elijah or Elisha, or anyone else. It is Jesus Christ!
To be like Him.
To be light-bearers.

Jesus shows us how to lead people to the Father.
To lay down our lives.
And to represent the Father (John 14:9).

3. Be Life-Giving

“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” (Matt 5:15 NIV)

A plant breathes in light, stores energy that is formed using the light, and releases life. It releases oxygen into the air!

To be Christlike is to be life-giving; to serve.
To contribute.
And the most basic function of the prophetic gift is to build the church, through exhortation, edification and comfort (1 Cor 14:3).
Or, as has been said, to “build up, lift up and cheer up”!

This role of being a life-giver, a builder and contributor is also seen in the prophetic office:
“And He gave some to be…prophets…for the equipping of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” (Eph 4:11-12)

As you seek to grow in prophetic ministry, know that you are called and gifted of God to speak words of life!
To declare words that create.
To speak words that work; to sing songs that move mountains!
To demonstrate power, that smashes down works of darkness.
To convey messages—through any means—that transform and give life.

4. Be Spirit-Led

Build with light!
It reminds us of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who brings revelation—who illuminates (John 16:13).
He is God, present with us, leading us.
Filling us and radiating through us.

The Holy Spirit is powerful.
In the beginning, the Spirit was hovering over the waters.
And then, light was created—unleashed in a powerful, creative word from the mouth of God.

No matter what is happening in your world, I believe God has a gift for you; it is a word of authority that applies directly to your situation.

Light is not soft, or gentle. It is one of the most powerful forces in the universe!

Today, be aware of the Holy Spirit with you and filling you.
His mighty power is being released through you, as you share and declare what God has given to you.

5. Be Intimacy-Aware

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesian 5:8 NKJV)

Living in the light, speaks of a state of compatibility with God.
In the light, there are no shadows.
There is nothing hidden.
Nothing between us.

This is intimacy with God—that we can stand in God’s presence, without fear or shame. This is the power of Christ’s blood!
And this is the starting point for all prophetic ministry.

A key to prophetic guidance is sensitivity to the presence of God: “Moreover You led them by day with a cloudy pillar, And by night with a pillar of fire, to give them light on the road which they should travel. (Nehemiah 9:12 NKJV)

Prophetic Ministry: The Beginning and the End

The Bible begins with the pronouncement of light—and it closes with the promise of light.
“They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” (Rev 22:4-5, NKJV)

It’s the grand finale—the close of Scripture.

In our hearts, we long for light, because we are created for it.
Not just the light of the sun—but the light of God Himself—the light of His Presence.
Being with Him.
It is our eternal destiny. And it is also the destiny of that person God has called you to minister to, or pray for.

God has appointed us as prophetic ministers, to be ones who stand in His light, calling forth those who are in the shadows.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9, NIV).

In a world where there is darkness, even when it’s difficult to see—even in the darkest of times, you can build with light.
This is the heart of prophetic ministry.

Today, the Lord is saying, “I am renewing your sense of purpose. I am giving you fresh fire.
I am inviting you to step into the more I have for you.”

Dear Friend,

Many of us are going through uncertain times right now. There are challenges on every side. We live in Victoria, Australia, where a second wave of COVID-19 is passing through. In Melbourne we are in stage 3 lockdown, and this week, masks have become mandatory. Businesses are struggling.

No matter what is happening in your world, I believe God has a gift for you; it is a word of authority that applies directly to your situation. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can stare darkness in the face and declare, “Let there be light!” into every situation.

My own declaration today is, “Let there be victory in Victoria!”

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49 thoughts on “5 Ways to Grow in Prophetic Ministry”

  1. I love how you said “it is a word of authority that applies directly to your situation.” Because when covid first started God gave me peace rest and told me nothing would touch me i didn’t wear a mask I walked around bullet proof in faith fighting fear and feeling great like great things are coming. Then after that season I got covid i cried that day i tested postive I was sure I just had a infection I cried and asked him why me i did what you asked why me! So I had to go threw the horrible experience of not being able to breath and other fights in my body and doughting God and being locked up in my room and attacked by ppl at church and my family but I knew he was there along side me even if I didn’t know why but I learned alot but churches now and days are saying you don’t have faith if your wearing a mask covid ain’t real and im like i walked in faith i stood on his word and i got it all the church leaders and some ppl at church got it and I’m thankful we didn’t get it as bad as others …don’t judge ppl pray for ppl everyone has there own path with God we gota walk this out hearing his plan and action i seen the mask covering the mouth of the prophet’s the year of the mouth and now God told me wear it for now just alil wail im going to take care of it (covid) he showed me a man holding up a mask and water flowing the it like your wearing it but im still being able to flow… we need to pray in to it going away and shrinking it’s causing division between the church and pray for those who have it because God knew i could handle it but i feel bad for those i know who can’t this plague has to go! In Jesus name! I know that all this is for a reason and he said im teaching them how to fill there oil and keep there lanterns lit

    1. Hi Veronica, you have been through such a tough time, I pray that you will find a new sense of joy, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, running through your heart and bringing life to your whole being.
      He is such a Redeemer.
      And yes amen! This plague has got to go, in Jesus’ Name

  2. Thank you Helen! I SO appreciate your ministry to all of us…because of many of the things I have learned from you via your site, I have grown in my own relationship and intimacy with Papa…to the point that now when I receive one of your messages it is always exactly affirming what Papa has been speaking to me in previous weeks! And, often He uses your messages to speak to me, directly, as I am resting in Him(in set aside quiet time)…I was literally in the book of John and also 1 John this morning listening to Holy Spirit on the subject of light…and speaking it out…the process of framing, forming and filling that He uses in Creating…and your message came through via email! So good! Your words are such an encouragement to my heart! Blessings to you and your family as you shine His marvelous light in the darkness of this time there in Australia! And, Peace Be With You! Amen!

    1. Hi Jeanene, I’m delighted to hear from you, that the words have been ministering to you.
      Oh wow, yes how awesome are those words in John, I’m going to go back and study those again myself now, thank you so much!

  3. Thanks again Helen, God bless you & your family in these days!

    “Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can stare darkness in the face and declare, “Let there be light!” into every situation.“

    I found myself having to do this earlier in the week, standing on enemy head as best I know how. Almighty God in us is greater & deserves our praise! The enemy never fights fair & it’s hard not to grow weary. God strengthen us to continue declaring Your Kingdom life here on earth even when we’re staring darkness in the face. You have promised salvation, anointing & blessings in Jesus name. Let there be light!

    1. Hi Dreamer, how true is that – the enemy never fights fair, he fights dirty.
      I’m reminded of Paul’s passage in Ephesians 5:8-14, he’s talking about us walking in light, and that light exposes darkness…it’s like we have a light-weapons against darkness, the light of God’s word, the weapons of warfare and more (the sci-fi writers who imagined light sabers – we have so much more than that! 🙂 )

  4. Praise king Jesus Helen,
    I bless the Lord for allowing you to share this powerful message unto us.
    I receive the renewal of sense of purpose, fresh fire and the invitation into the more Jesus has for me.
    Let there be healing of the land
    Let there be restitution and restoration
    Let your light shine brighter and brighter in us everyday
    Let your will be done
    Let there be deliverance
    Let there be peace
    Let there be joy
    Let there be life
    Let there be a distinct difference between the children of light and the children of darkness.
    Let salvation come to the lost
    The holy spirit was ministering to me in a song that goes
    ” my soul does magnify the Lord
    and my spirit will praise his name
    for death couldn’t hold him captive
    even in the grave he is Lord,
    even in the grave he is Lord.”
    Even in the covid period, Jesus is Lord.
    God bless you, keep you, make his face shine upon you Woman of God.

  5. Thank you so much Helen for this timely word for this season in my life. So blessed by your sharing. The sentence below has brought such great encouragement at this point of time in my life.
    Today, the Lord is saying, “I am renewing your sense of purpose. I am giving you fresh fire.
    I am inviting you to step into the more I have for you.” Glory to God!
    I covet your prayers, Helen. Two days ago, I copped some form of spiritual abuse from my pastor. I disagree with his bible study notes which was doctrinally wrong, things taken out of context, scriptures were wrongly applied. Brought some form of condemnation to the participants in the group. I was merely disagreeing with the ways scriptures were misinterpreted and misapplied. I could not just keep quiet and say nothing when it is clearly an error in the teachings/notes. Throughout the study he could not clarify any single point with any scriptures reference. All he said was “we just have to agree to disagree and it’s just personal opinion.” Subsequent day, he called me and intimidated and threatened me and said he can’t afford for me to jeopardise the current small church ( 25 people, majority are aged 70 and above). So I have since moved on. I could not believe my ears! I think this is a form of spiritual abuse. Correct me if I am wrong.

    Would appreciate much prayers for God’s leading and direction. It’s not easy to seek spiritual support at this time of lockdown and everyone in community have to isolate.

    Thank you Helen.

    1. Hi Amelia, I’m praying for you right now! I’d love to give you a copy of my book, “Prophetic People in a Changing Church” where I talk about my own discouragement in church life and the lessons I learned – contact me here:

      In my prophetic training I encourage people to take prophetic insights about the church that are a different direction from what the pastor is sharing publicly, to the pastor privately. There are a variety of reasons for this – keeping unity, and honoring the leader are one – and in this situation I’d generally recommend the same.

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