I am sometimes asked by people who have attended my prophetic training sessions, “How do I get started in activating my gift of prophecy?” In other words, ‘Where do I go from here?’

If this is something you have wondered, here are some suggestions to help you get started:

11 Ways to Activate Your Prophetic Gift

1. Make a Decision to Activate Your Gift of Prophecy

It has been said that the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. That vital step is preceded by a decision to move forward.

Activating your prophetic gift starts when you acknowledge before God that you are willing to move ahead in this area, and choose to take your first steps forward.

You do not need to know for certain that you have a gift of prophecy—in the early stages you may be unsure. [1] This is about being a good steward of:

You may also have had affirmation by church leaders that you have a God-given prophetic ability.


2. Activate Your Prophetic Gift in the Context of a Church Community

The New Testament context for activating the gift of prophecy is a local church where there is leadership and accountability. (1 Cor 12-14)

‘But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.’ (1 Cor 14:3-4)

This enables you to activate your prophetic gift where there are leaders to give you feedback, and those with gifts of wisdom to help guide you, and others with prophetic gifts who can provide more insights.


3. Talk to a Pastor or an Appropriate Leader within the Church

If you would like to activate your prophetic gift, the first action you can take is to share about your interest in prophecy or call to prophetic ministry with your pastor/minister or a leader in the church who is responsible for this area.

It is important to make your desire to grow in the gift known, in order that you can follow the next steps:


4. Find Someone to be Accountable to

Find a leader or mentor to whom you can be personally accountable with regard to activating your prophetic gift.

This person should be:

  • Someone your church oversight is comfortable with
  • A person who will able to help you weigh up the prophetic insights and will not hold back, when you need to be redirected.

Wise feedback, along with encouragement, is a powerful way to sharpen your prophetic gift.


5. Begin Activating Your Gift of Prophecy in your Personal Devotional Life

The first place you can start to activate your prophetic gift is in your devotional life, learning to receive insights from the Holy Spirit.

  • The best way to begin is by studying the Bible and listening to what God is saying through the scriptures
  • Record any insights that you receive from the Holy Spirit—one way that you can do this by journaling [2]

A leader can help you weigh up these insights and confirm that you are hearing from God. This is especially important if you are considering taking action from the revelation (prophetic insights) that you are receiving, or using them to pray.


6. Develop a Lifestyle of Encouragement

When you are keen to begin activating your prophetic gift, remember, prophetic ministry requires us to see others and ourselves as the Father sees us.

Nurture the Father’s perspective about others. He is a God of grace and love who desires to redeem people and situations so that His purpose is fulfilled.

Develop a lifestyle of encouragement—this will spill over into your prophetic ministry. (1 Cor 14:3)


7. Activate Your Prophetic Gift by Staying Tuned in to the Holy Spirit

Develop an intimate relationship with God and be open to receiving insights from the Holy Spirit throughout your day.

Learn about the different ways He can speak to you, including through scripture, pictures, thoughts and impressions, dreams, prompts, inner urges and Divine appointments.


8. Ask about Protocols in your Church

Find out the protocols and guidelines for passing on prophetic insights in your church—and follow them.

Be open to these being adjusted by leaders as prophetic ministry develops in your church. Guidelines in church life are not there to be ‘controlling’, but rather are a means of bringing freedom and safety in the operation of spiritual gifts.

Knowing you are on the right track will help you gain confidence as you activate your prophetic gift.


9. Begin Activating Your Prophetic Gift Simply

The best way to begin activating your prophetic gift is to start in a very simple way. This may be through words of encouragement, or exhortation, or sharing scriptures that God puts on your heart.

  • Be natural in the manner you share an insight that you believe is from God
  • If you are starting out, it is best not to call your words a ‘prophecy’—in fact you do not always need to state that you have heard from God
  • Allow the fruit of your insights to be the evidence that you are hearing from God

As people are impacted and encouraged, your emerging gift of prophecy will be acknowledged.


10. Find an Appropriate Environment to Practice

Some areas in church life where a prophetic gift can be activated include:

  • Prayer meetings
  • Small (home group) meetings
  • Ministry areas such as worship, evangelism and so on
  • Prayer departments and altar call ministry

Find out the appropriate protocols and guidelines for each area. Then—step out of the boat and have a go.


11. Stay in the place of Learning

Ongoing learning about the prophetic gift will encourage you to continue activating your gift of prophecy. [3]


Enliven Prophetic School: Activate Your Prophetic Gift and Take it to the Next Level

The Enliven Prophetic School is now open!

This self-paced, video lecture school is for anyone who would like to learn and grow in the gift and ministry of prophecy and includes classes for discerners as well.

Discover ways to activate your prophetic gift and begin to put it into practice.

Modules currently include:

  • Foundations of prophetic ministry
  • How to hear God’s voice, begin and grow in prophecy
  • The Seer gift: how to grow in pictures and visions
  • Discernment and prophetic warnings: how to respond and share a prophetic warning
  • Prophetic Guidance Master Class

You can currently join the school for as little as $6.95 USD (monthly subscription) or make a single payment to join with no end date.

Visit the Enliven Prophetic School here.


Notes:

[1] Even if you do not have a specific gift, every Christian benefits by learning how to hear from God and receive insights from the Holy Spirit. You may explore this area and find out that prophetic ministry is not for you—that is OK.

[2] Following are some articles to help you activate your prophetic gift through journaling:

[3] Enliven Blog is an online resource of Enliven Ministries, containing many articles to help Christians grow in the gift of prophecy. ‘Grow your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’ is an e-book about the stages of growth in gifts of prophecy and prayer, and contains many practical tips to help you activate your prophetic gift and take it to the next phase of development.


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

71 thoughts on “How To Activate Your Prophetic Gift”

  1. Hi Helen.
    Great post again. Loved it!
    I see you mentioned the “SOAP” journaling technique in your notes. I discovered this technique at college this year and let me say, it’s a game changer. The words that I’ve been getting from God are incredible.
    I highly recommend this journaling technique to every one.
    God bless,
    Tim.

    1. Hi Tim,
      Great stuff! Isn’t it wonderful when the Word of God comes alive like that, and SOAP journaling is a great tool. You are in a new season and receiving fresh revelation is a part of that.

  2. Good Evening Sister,

    Thank you for the articles, it helped me a lot.
    A prophet Prohecised on me that i had Gift of Prophecy, but i don’t know how to start and give prophecy, even i was very interested to have that gift of prophecy.
    Kindly tell me how to start in prayer, how do i get it about 1 particular person to give prophecy Ex: A unknown guy in church.

    Thank you
    Kiran Nath from INDIA

  3. Hi Kiran, thanks for leaving a note.
    If you are just starting out, I encourage you to explore the topics of receiving a revelation from God and hearing God’s voice.
    Here is an article that may help get you started:

    http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2009/11/14/how-to-exercise-your-prophetic-gift-pt-2-how-to-receive-a-revelation-from-god/

    Check out the prophetic training category at the right hand side of the blog for many more articles to help you grow in this area.

    If you want to grow in the area of personal prophecy, it may be best to check what you are receiving with a leader in the church as you are starting out.

    1. Thanks Johnny, great to hear from you, may you continue to be empowered and blessed! 🙂

  4. Abiola Matthew

    You shall decree a thing and shall be established.Is it thesamethng as prohesy to somebody’life? And if a prophet prophesy and it not come to pass at the stipulated time but happen in year s later,Can we say the prophesy come to pass?

    1. Hi there Abiloa, thanks for leaving a message.
      The verse you mention is from Job 22:28, and the context is one of being familiar with, and speaking, the Scriptures and having a right heart before God (see preceding verses). I think the meaning can include prophecy, but is also much broader than prophecy. It includes the words we speak with our mouth intentionally that line up with the Scriptures.
      Yes, sometimes a prophet can share a word and it happens years later… we can say the Word has come to pass.

  5. prophet Ezekiel

    I sincerely appreciate you my dear sister Helen for been open to the Holy Spirit to bless the Body of Christ through you. Iam one of the beneficiary of your ministries. I don’t know if you will honour an invitation to visit my country Nigeria for our up coming Prophetic Conference were different denominations comes under one umbrella to receive from the Lord. We will delight to host you and will be expecting your reply God bless
    +2348039283961

    1. Dear Prophet Ezekiel,
      It is an honour to receive your invitation to do prophetic training with you in Zimbabwe! However, our team is not planning on visiting Nigeria or Africa in the next few years.
      I would like to bless you and your ministry, so let me know if there are any ebooks that you would like to read personally, and I will send you them for free. They are available in two formats, ePub and PDF. Here is the information about eBooks. http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/e-books/

      If you reply to this comment with the name of an eBook you would like to read, I will email you first to check that you can receive communication from me.
      May you be richly blessed in your ministry there in Nigeria, and empower others to grow in their prophetic gifts, as your heart desires.

  6. I have been told by several people that i have a prophetic gift how do i activate this in my life. Thank you

  7. Dear Helen, I’ve enjoyed reading the information on the prophetic on this site. I was wondering what do you do when you have this gift and it’s been confirmed by other leaders but belong to a local church that doesn’t allow this gift to operate in their church. I’m experiencing non-receptive by the leader and backlash from them regarding members who have the gift as well. What I mean by backlash is make fun of in a joking way. I’ve spoken with my pastor of my local church when I first join to let him know and may get some direction in how to improve and get activated but no help was given.

    Any direction would be appreciate tremendously.
    DeeDee

  8. I need prayer, I know I have prophetic gift, it was confirmed few years ago and just in the last two weeks by our pastor. I received dreams, visions, but just dont have the courage to pass it on. Sometimes I wonder if it is from the Lord. In the past when I passed on dreams that I had, it came to pass. What must I do?

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