Divine VisitationWhen God visits, supernatural breakthroughs occur.

Prophetic words are fulfilled, seasons are shifted and new things are brought to birth. Jesus gets the glory.

Divine visitation should not be considered an exception; instead, it can be your expectation.

  • When you understand what a visitation from God means, you can position for it in faith.

6 Ways a Divine Visitation Can Touch Your Life

What does it mean, Biblically, to have a season of visitation from God?

Here are 6 times the Bible tells us God visited His people.

As you read these accounts, there may be one or two that particularly resonate with you. If that happens, allow the Spirit of God to ignite faith in your heart, that His Word will be fulfilled in your life in the coming season.

1. Fulfilment of Prophecy & Removal of Barrenness

‘And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had spoken.’ (Gen 21:1) [3]

A visitation of God broke the long season of barrenness in Sarah’s life, resulting in fulfilment of prophecy and the birth of Isaac, whose name meant ‘laughter.’

2. Recognising God Has Seen our Pain and Come to Act on Behalf of His People

‘When they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.’ Ex 4:31

A visitation of God broke the long season of Israel’s bondage in Egypt. They realised God had not left them alone in their suffering, but was intimately concerned for them. His power was about to be revealed.

3. Divine Help And Provision

‘ Then [Naomi] arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited His people by giving them bread.’ (Ruth 1:6)

A visitation of God broke a long season of famine in Bethlehem, Judah.

That Visitation had a chain reaction! The testimony of God’s goodness reached a grieving widow called Naomi, who was living in Moab. She moved to that place of visitation and her inheritance and family line was restored there.

4. Restoration of Inheritance and Homecoming

‘For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.’ (Jer 29:10)

A visitation of God broke the long season of Judah’s exile, and they returned to Jerusalem at His appointed time.

5. The Ultimate Divine Visitation—Jesus

“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people…the Dayspring from on high has visited us” (Luke 1:68,78)

In the New Testament, Zacharias understood that the ultimate visitation of God to His people was fulfilled in the birth of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

6. Outpourings of the Holy Spirit

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…” (Acts 3:19)

From the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 and throughout church history, we understand visitations of the Holy Spirit to be times of outpouring, bringing refreshing and empowering to God’s people.


3 Ways To Position For Divine Visitation

When God moves on our behalf, or in the lives of others around us, it is not because we deserve it—it is on the basis of Jesus’ shed blood, and the Father’s favour and mercy.

We cannot earn His visitation—however, we can position ourselves to enter into what the Father wants to do.

As you will see, the key to having a Divine visitation lies in our relationship with God.

1. Understand God’s Timing

The primary key to experiencing Divine visitation lies in understanding the timing of God for our lives.

In each of the above situations in scripture, it was God’s time to act. For example:

  • Sarah’s pregnancy with Isaac
  • The four hundred years in Egypt come to its conclusion
  • The seventy years in Babylon completed
  • The birth of Jesus

You may know that there are two Greek words for time in the New Testament: The first is ‘chronos.’ This refers to ‘clock time’ or ‘calendar time.’ It is the word used for general time. [2]
The second Greek word for time is ‘kairos.’ Kairos means ‘due time, a fixed time, a season, or an OPPORTUNE time.’

A pregnancy is a great example of the two types of time. Approximately 9 months of ‘chronos’ time pass. But the moment comes when it is time to give birth. That moment is ‘kairos’—the due time.

God always desires to bring people closer to Himself, to fill us with His Spirit, to act on our behalf.

But we also need to see as Jesus did, what the Father is doing ‘now.’ (John 5:19)

Jesus always walked in the kairos time of God—and we can too. Here are some arenas you might like to seek God for His kairos timing both now and throughout the coming year.

Ask, “Father, what are You doing in these areas?”

  • A fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit
  • An area of your life that needs breakthrough
  • Family members and relationships
  • Non-Christians that are around your life
  • A shift of season

Prayer journaling is a great way to communicate with Him and record His response. [3]

2. Pray in the Season of Divine Visitation

‘You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.’ (Jer 29:13)

When God spoke these words to Judah, He was saying, in effect, ‘When the kairos time comes for Me to deliver you, you will seek Me—and I will answer and deliver you.’ (see Jer 29:10-14)

The prophet Zechariah put this well when he said,

‘Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain.’ Zech 10:1

The prophet was saying, when it’s God’s ‘kairos’ due time, pray!

When we pray, we acknowledge that we cannot fulfil God’s plan through our own efforts. We need His help.

When that prayer is answered, Jesus gets the credit, the glory for what takes place.

3. Participate With God Through Acts of Obedience

When we have prayed, it is time look for ways to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. We want to participate with God in His work.

If God asks us to do something specific, an act of obedience can bring a powerful breakthrough.

Goliath was killed by the word of the Lord AND by a stone from David’s sling (1 Samuel 17). God provided food for a widow and her son, but first, she had to give away the last of what she had to Elijah (1 Kings 17:7-16).

Sometimes, however, it is not about doing anything except simply receiving—equally an act of obedience.

There are times to contend, and there are also times to just open our hands and say, ‘Thank you Lord.’

For we are His sons and daughters, and what we receive from Him, we receive by inheritance.

Through our relationship with God, we can experience the ongoing visitation of God in our lives—to move from visitation to habitation.

Today I pray with you, that you experience a powerful visitation of God upon your life, your family, work, region and ministry. A Divine visitation that will cause a chain reaction to take place, so that as happened in the time of Naomi, people who have never know God will turn to Him, and generations to come will be impacted by the move of God.


Notes and Related Posts:

[1]  These scriptures are all quoted in the New King James Version (NKJV)

[2] VINE, M.A. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words.  1985. Virginia: MacDonald.

An example of ‘chronos’ is in Matt 2:7. ‘Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time (chronos) the star had appeared.’

An example of ‘kairos’ is in Gal 6:9. ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time (kairos) we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’ (See also 2 Cor 6:1-2)

[3] For an explanation and examples of prayer journaling, see the post:Activate Your Prophetic Gift Through Prayer Journaling

Related Post
6 Characteristics of a Divine Appointment


© Helen Calder 2011-2018
Enliven Ministries: in the David McCracken Ministries Family

30 thoughts on “Divine Visitation: 6 Ways It Can Touch Your Life”

  1. Hi Helen,

    Thank you very much for your powerful, encouraging and helpful post on 17 ways to recognize if we have a gift of prophetic intercessory prayer. I believe that I am experiencing this gift and am very inspired to learn more about it so that I can exercise it fully for God’s purposes. I would be very grateful if you could please answer the following questions for me asap if possible:

    1. A minister said that he knew of intercessors who were prophetically gifted to sense a person’s prayers in detail in words, sentences and even paragraphs. Can you please tell me if you know of people who have experienced this expression of gift of prophetic intercessory prayer?

    2. Can you please tell me if there is this same gift of sensing even a non-Christian’s prayers in detail in words and sentences? (It was unknown if this person praying was a Christian or not).

    3. Can you please tell me if the gift of receiving ‘words of knowledge” in prophetic intercessory prayer can be experienced and expressed in many words and even sentences and paragraphs?

    4. Can you please tell me if you know people who pray and then hear from God (through thoughts or their inner spirit) in detail in sentences and paragraphs?

    5. Can you please tell me if people can sense God’s voice throughout a day spent in prayer?

    6. Can you please tell me if there is a gift of discerning a person’s desire?

    7. Can you please tell me if you know people with this gift?

    8. A mother nun said to me that her friend had a (God-given) gift of discerning or “reading people’s thoughts”. Can you please tell me if this gift (when used for God’s glory) can be a gift of the Holy Spirit?

    9. Can you please tell me if you know people with this gift?

    10. Can you please tell me if you have a gift of prophecy, if it is common to not hear from God clearly or accurately 100% of the time?

    11. Can you please tell me if it is natural to not clearly recognize God’s voice if it is a new experience to a person?

    12. Can you please tell me if it is natural to not recognize and know that you have a gift of prophecy or prophetic intercessory prayer if it is a new experience?

    13. Can you please tell me if it is natural to not recognize and know that you have a gift of prophetic intercessory prayer if it is a new experience?

    14. Can you please tell me how could you can clearly discern if it is God’s, your own or the enemy’s voice you are sensing?

    Thank you very much for your kind help and encouragement. Your blog has been a great help and encouragement aswell.

    I pray that God will bless you and your team in all that you do for Him.

    In Jesus’ name,

    Amen!

    1. Hi there! In response to your questions 1-4, no I do not know of this, and would not be able to comment on someone’s unique gift – it’s up to a pastoral oversight to determine the fruit of this both in the person’s life and character, and Godly outcomes of the knowledge they are receiving.
      In the Bible, such details were not normally given unless by a sign, often in the context of evangelism. The Holy Spirit mostly does not speak in ‘plain language’ and intercessors usually experience the types of communication from Him that I mention here : https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2017/01/26/why-does-the-holy-spirit-speak-in-mysteries/
      This one may answer some of your other questions: https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2016/06/28/is-what-i-am-experiencing-a-spiritual-gift/

  2. Hi Helen,

    I would be very grateful if you could please not make my email known to the public and just keep it confidential.

    Thank you very much for your kind understanding and help.

    God bless.

  3. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom what perfect timing our Lord and Saviour has been my Guide, my Teacher, my Friend for many a year l have been waiting in obedience to His Word for Him to open a door of opportunity to Spread His Word l believe my due day is tomorrow.
    Thank you for this instruction it is greatly appreciated, l seek to live by 1 Corinthians 13, Joshua 1:9 the perfect one Proverbs 3:5. May our Lord bless you abundantly this day Amen my sister Amen.

  4. RHEMA! SO needed this and i receive it with all my heart! Thank You, Holy Spirit. Singing…

    I feel it in my bones You’re about to move
    I feel it in the wind You’re about to ride in
    You said that You would pour Your Spirit out
    You said that You would fall on sons and daughters

    So like the rain come drench us in love
    Let Your glory rush in like a flood

    We are fixed on this one thing
    To know Your goodness and see Your glory
    We’re transformed by this one thing
    To know Your presence and see Your beauty

    I can see it now Your kingdom come
    I can hear it now the sounds of Heaven
    You said that if we ask we’ll receive
    We are asking for the greater measure

    So like the rain come drench us in love
    Let Your power rush in like a flood

    So come and blow on through
    Spirit move, we’re ready for You
    To come and blow on through
    Come and do what only You can do!

    Bless God for you, Helen. May Abba’s SHALOM be evident throughout your life. Amen.

  5. Dear Helen,
    Thank you so so much for your faithful love of the Lord and His Word, and giving generously of the wisdom He has shared with you! I was so moved by this post. At first I thought I would deepen my roots and check other favorite translations. I was so excited that the Amplified Classic (AMPC) also uses the word “visit”, though many great versions used phrases like “took note of” or “was concerned for”…as I sat with the Lord, I heard in my spirit: a visit is when you care enough to COME.

    Yes, the Lord lives in me, and yes, He is omnipresent. But because He cannot be contained in any human box of understanding…He can also visit me in a special way because He cares – at kairos moment when He comes into a situation of suffering, etc. Blessed be the Lord who daily bears our burden! And blessed be the Lord who comes to us IN our pain and waiting! Lord, provide Helen with all wisdom for Your glory, for the equipping of Your beloved children, to walk in light and life in these last days!

    Helen, blessings from far away Minnesota, U. S. A. Far in geography but close in spirit. I and a friend of mine love your words.
    much gratitude, Marilyn

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