How To Use Scripture As A Prophetic Declaration

The Bible tells us that the tongue has the power of life and death. (Prov 18:21) What we speak, whether positive or negative, will have consequences. What we declare will bear fruit. [1]

James reminds us that our tongues are powerful—and that what we speak out of our mouths has power to direct our lives. (James 3:3-5)

‘Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.’ (Ps 119:89)

Speaking out scripture can be a powerful way to:

  • Strengthen our faith (Romans 10:17)
  • Assist when breakthrough is needed
  • Be a weapon in times of spiritual warfare (Eph 6:17) [2]
  • Help position us for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in our lives.

How to Turn a Scripture into a Prophetic Declaration

A scripture is prophetic when it speaks of the Father’s intention and purpose for our lives personally. [3] Following are some ideas to help you turn a Bible verse into a spoken profession of faith:

1. Choose a Bible verse that

  • God has spoken to you through, or
  • Has prophetic significance to you (i.e. relates to something God has spoken about you)
  • You would like to apply by faith to a particular situation you are facing right now, or to your overall life and ministry call

Declaring God’s word is powerful, whether or not it has been given to you through prophetic means.

2. Personalise it by changing the wording to the first person. You can retain the precise wording or adapt it to your own situation. See below for examples.

3. Try using the present tense – it adds power to a personal declaration.

4. Memorise the scripture or write it out and use it to speak from.

‘Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.’ (Psalm 1:1-2)

I have found that loud, bold declarations are powerful in times of warfare or when breakthrough is needed. However, we do not always need to speak loudly in order for a declaration to be effective. The Hebrew word ‘to meditate’ also means ‘to mutter’—to speak aloud to oneself—and this can even be done under our breath or quietly. [4]

4 Scripture Declarations for Enlargement

Following are 4 scriptural declarations that I have personally used. These have helped encourage me and keep me on course during difficult times in my life:

1. Prophetic Declaration Based on Joshua 1

‘This is a new day. I am entering into the ‘Promised Land.’ I am entering into the plans and purposes of God for my life. I am entering into my inheritance and receiving God’s promises, every one.

Nothing can stand in my way and no enemy will prevail against me, for God is with me. He will never leave me or forsake me.

I am strong and courageous; I am not fearful or discouraged. I feed on the Word of God. I keep God’s Word in my heart and I obey it. I have success in that which God has called me to.”

2. Prophetic Declaration Based on Isaiah 54:1-5.

“I sing; I burst into song, I shout for joy, for the promises of God are being birthed in my life. The Lord is giving me spiritual children! I am pushing out the boundaries around my life. I am making room. I do not hold back.

I am spreading out to the right and the left. My children, both natural and spiritual, are going to inherit this nation and the nations for the Kingdom of God.

I am not afraid, and I do not fear disgrace. I am entering into intimacy with my God, for that is the place where all of these things will be accomplished. God is Almighty, He is my Creator, He is my Redeemer, He is in control.”

3. Prophetic Declaration Based on Luke 4:18-19

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

4. The Prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:10

“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”


Notes:

[1] Our mouths can also declare God’s word through song. See my post, ‘How Your Prophetic Song Can Release The Power Of God.’

[2] If spiritual warfare is an issue, here are 11 Ways to Respond During Spiritual Warfare

[3] For encouragement to reconnect with Bible study:

When Your Devotional Life Is Dry: How To Fall In Love With The Bible Again

How Using Your Learning Style Can Revitalise Your Bible Study

[4] STRONG, J. Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. 1996. Ref 1897 ‘hagah’, to meditate


Do you have any examples, or thoughts to share on the topic of using scripture as a prophetic declaration? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment on the comments box.


© Helen Calder – Enliven Ministries

In the David McCracken Ministries family

51 thoughts on “How To Use Scripture As A Prophetic Declaration

  1. shruthi joy chouhan

    Awesome article! I regularly read your articles since I don’t have the privilege of getting trained under prophetic leaders in my home church. They don’t seem to do it or talk about it though they might not really object it. For me, this is like my school of prophecy. I minister through prophetic worship and use the gift of prophecy to edify and encourage many on a one-on-one basis. I love to improve in the gifting, because I have seen lives change and transformed. Thank you so much for being so faithful in writing. Keep writing! I need this. Shruthi Joy, Hyderabad, India

    1. Renee

      Good morning, My name is renee.Its my desire to study more of God’s word. I have no problem, worshiping,praise ing and just thanking him. I can’t seem to just study like I should…I stAnd on his word. Ima going through, iam holding on.. he speak to me iam holding on..

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    Dear Shruthi Joy,
    thank you for leaving the comment, I really appreciate your encouragement! It is wonderful to hear of your heart to minister through worship and personal encouragement in the gift of prophecy. When we minister out of the Father’s love and speak of His intentions, His purpose is fulfilled and the church and people are released to their fullest potential.
    Keep on growing and I pray you continue to be richly blessed through Enliven Blog. 🙂

    1. shruthijoy

      Hi Helen,
      I would like to share something personal with you. Could you please give me an email id where I can send you an email about my prayer request ?
      I am so blessed by your blog and I keep waiting for your next article. Keep writing, even if it gets hard:)
      Joy

  3. ros

    It is possible to speak life into situations into urself or anything u want to see accomplished.ur energy and deterimation will increase and u will experience life in a very fulfilled way.can be used at communion to speak life into bread and wine!

  4. opegbemi tayo matthew

    i really apreciate dis wonderful words of lifting, it has really lift my spirit, soul, and body. Ma, with humility i want to be carried along and be post with new messages that will help me not 2 fall into temptation. God bless u.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Raylene! Awesome to hear from you 🙂
      I am on hols at the moment, will definitely drop you a line when I am back on deck next week. Looking forward to reconnecting!

  5. Salilo Ward

    Thank you for you blog. I have been so desperate to learn more about declaration of God’s promises in my life and share with some of my students who are just learning about God’s faithfulness. I just come across your blog this morning during my time in the Lord’s presence, Appreciate it and will use your writing to learn more about moving in the prophetic gifting. God bless you Helen,

  6. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Salilo, great to hear from you. I pray you know Jesus’ Presence and strength as you press in to His word for breakthrough. Thanks for leaving the note. 🙂

  7. Boyce Ngwako

    Hi Helen

    Whenever I have a situation before me, I pray and randomly open the bible and read the verses I come across and regard them as prophecy for the situation in hand.

    Please advise if it okay to use this method to prophesy my personal life situation.

    Best regards
    Boyce

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Boyce, the Holy Spirit does use Scripture to speak to us, but a part of having an intimate relationship with Him is that He wants us to hear His voice and receive His direction in the moment and exercise our faith. Just as He spoke in many different ways in Scripture, He has many different ways to speak to you. So before you go to open your Bible at random, stop and listen to what God is saying, He may remind you of a specific Bible story or Scripture, or give you a prophetic insight or picture.

  8. jose ramos

    saludos,profeta Helen ,todo lo que me ha enviado,ha sido de mucha bendicion,especialmente la ultima acerca de como usar la Palabra …sin duda lo que me enseña aqui,de alguna manera ya la habia escuchado en Congresos apostolico y profetico,hace ya años,pero usted es mas amplia y me aclara muchas dudas al respecto,lo cual doy gracias a Dios por su Ministerio,pero tambien fui a lecturas que sugiere para ampliar mas acerca de la Persona del E.S. ,sus DONES y Ministerio,mientras leia lo que usted asienta aqui,senti en mis entrañas un mover especial del Señor,hablandome,de como ha sido mi actitud delante de EL,una actitud mercantilista:dame,usame,pero nada acerca de la INTIMIDAD QUE DEBO VIVIR Y TENER CON EL E.S.,TODO ESTO GOLPEO MI CORAZON,PORQUE LO HICE SIN CONOCIMIENTO DE CAUSA,CONOZCOM MAS ACERCA DE LA PÉRSONA DEL PADRE,DEL HIJO,PERO DE LA PERSONA DEL E.S.,SOLAMENTE TENIA LA ENSEÑANZA DE SUS :DONES…pero ahora,con lo que vi acerca de la nesecidad de conocer mas a la Persona del E.S.,hermana Helen,me ha quebrantado,pido perdon al Señor porque lo hice por ignorancia.Dios tenga de mi misericordia y me ayude en todo esto…el uso de las Escrituras para bendecir,fue el medio que el Señor uso para decirme que no estoy actuando como debiera,para con el E.S.,ME ARREPIENTO DE TODO ELLO. DIOS ME AYUDE DE AHORA EN ADELANTE NO TENER ESE ESPIRITU UTILITARISTA QUE HAGO CON FRECUENCIA DEL E.S. LE RUEGO ,SUS ORACIONES,POR ESTE HERMANO NEOFITO EN EL CONOCIMIENTO DE LA INTIMIDAD QUE DEBO TENER DE LA PERSONA DEL E.S….saludos!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Jose, Holy Spirit is ministering to you! He is doing a new thing in your life and heart. I bless what He is doing, in Jesus Name.

  9. Ayoola

    Awesome declarations. We need the word of God to renew our minds daily. Check out Dailybibledeclarations.com for similar declarations. The spirit of God is the same everywhere. I really believe the word of God will transfirm lives when we obey it. God bless you for your obedience.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you, Ayoola, it looks like a very comprehensive resource for Biblical declarations. Brilliant!

      1. Ayoola Bandele

        Thank you Helen.
        I’ve gone through your blog and your ministry’s website. I can see your submission to God to be used by him. I hope it’s ok with you, I have linked your blog to mine and posted a couple of your posts on my site, with due credit given to you of course.
        Have a blessed Sunday.

        1. Helen Calder Post author

          Hello Ayoola, yes that is fine, thank you for letting me know. Your website looks great, I love your emphasis on declaring Scripture!

  10. uche

    I love using Psalms 16:5-6 by declaring
    “O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance in Christ Jesus and my cup of rejoicing and salvation;
    You maintain my lot in life therefore I lose nothing of all you have given me.
    The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
    Yes, I have a good inheritance of power, wisdom, wealth, strength, glory, honor and am blessing to my generation.”

  11. talica

    I am really empowered after reading your article. I am praying and wanting to be a prayer warrior in our church, school &home.
    I am now going to start my very own prophetic declaring. A real gem in my life. May God Bless you and make His face shine upon you.

  12. LOUIS

    PLEASE IS IT GOOD TO USE THIS WHAT IS YOUR GOOD WORKR AS A TOPIC INDECLEARATION PRAYER LIKE AS I WANT USE PSALM1:1-3?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Psalm 1:1-3 is a good Scripture to meditate on and declare, Louis!

  13. Diana Gallegos.

    Praise God! He is EverPresent! Thank you for your Words! It agrees with my Spirit. Keep them coming! God’s Word is powerful! God Bless You!!! Looking Forward to hear from you….. Diana in Clovis, NM. 🙂

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Diana. Greetings from Australia!
      Thank you for leaving the note, I really appreciate it 🙂

  14. Samuel Gabriel

    It is my first time here, but i really enjoyed my time here. God bless you for the good work.

  15. David

    I love to proclaim Exodus 31:2 – 4 over my family and myself (we are all Graphic/web designers) I replace the names with our or my name.
    See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.

  16. Ferdi Lundall

    Hi Helen

    I notice all lovely comments, with none questioning anything, which make me believe a great deal of editing is applied & this post will most likely never see the light of day here. I understand some editing is required, but only to remove crude or derogatory remarks and so forth.

    I fear shortly we might start thinking of ourselves as God’s, a very foolish thing to do ! Especially since humbleness is a great virtue according to scripture.

    Could you please provide scriptural texts from well, a still recognizable Bible & not a watered down translation. The KJV if you please, which explicitly state that we have or have been given the power from God to proclaim over ourselves by ourselves ?
    And please don’t say its using texts to base a proclamation on, one can base basically anything on something. Basing something on something does not make it the truth, but half the truth if one is lucky ! The Word is just fine as it is, without us adding or taking away from it – That verse appears in the Bible, look it up !

    God is the doorway & only God !

    I do not proclaim to have all the answers, or for that matter know God’s Word, word by word.
    Maybe you can give me some additional insights referenced from His Word, with your take on it in explanation there-off.

    But please not referenced like the 2 opening verses you half used, with your spin finishing it off.
    The 3rd verse referenced I can agree with as : Psalm 119:89 (KJV) : ” For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven”
    Exclamation on ” Thy Word” i.e God’s Word ( not mans word) & there is a massive difference between something standing firm & something being settled.

    In closing, please do not see this as a personal attack on you or your website content, this is the first and only section I have read so far.

    Would love to hear from you & as stated, be surprised to see my post here !

    Regards

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Ferdi, thank you for leaving your thoughtful insights. I believe it is good to discuss different points of view, although I don’t currently have time to engage in discussion right now as I’m catching up on a backlog of work (I may get back to this later).

      1. Ferdi Lundall

        Hi Helen, thank you I will then look forward to your reply & I was wrong in my assumptions, therefore equally apologize in thanking you for allowing my post appearing here. Just to correct though, I do not wish to relay my viewpoint, that would place me in the same boat as your and so many others viewpoint ! I’m simply asking, please show me the whole explicit scriptures where this supposed power exchange happened. I looked at a lot of texts given as “proof”, but looking at the whole Bible verse and passage always get it that God is not saying – Ok, you are the God’s now. We would have quite a few God’s walking around wouldn’t we & trust ” human nature” then a lot of “godly” wars. Besides that, with so many “god’s” already, why aint you “god’s” doing more to effect the change this world need’s. The reason is logic and simple, there is only one God & only that which should happen, is happening by Him allowing it. We are not working for God, if we in any sense remove God out of the equation.

        Understand me though, I’m not saying one cannot declare anything. But the method one use should come from a power limited humble nature trusting in God’s Grace alone for allowing whatever we ask for in His Name to be content with whatever He bestows then upon us.

        I also have a declaration & I often reflect on it, it goes like this …. ” I am not ashamed for that which I stand for & that which I sow, for that is born from good. It is what defines me, it is who I want to be. God please hear my prayer, let the song which flow from within me, be only that which testifies to Your love. Guide me to not only profess, but live as example to Your Glory. Annoint me as a knight for Christ, Bless me in living & spreading Your Word, without fear, doubt or renunciation. Save me from Redemption & where I am weak, strengthen my resolve & in Your Name renew me stronger than before, Amen ! ”
        I am now busy researching this subject & would please like to share the following few good links I so far managed to come across, which might be of a helpful nature:

        http://www.christianpost.com/news/can-man-supernaturally-speak-things-into-existence-121776/

        http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/speak-the-truth-to-yourself

        https://achristian.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/scriptures-i-declare-over-my-life-and-you-can-too/

        Throughout it is and should only be through God, His Words & by His Grace upon us ….not through us , by us.

        I end with the following scripture:
        Matthew 19:26 (KJV) But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

        1. Helen Calder Post author

          Hi Ferdi, I agree with your perspective (we are not ‘gods’) and love your declaration. I’m glad you were able to find some articles to explore the topic further.
          You are right that my article does not contain much in the way of Biblical support – I wrote this one more than 5 years ago ~ these days I spend a great deal more time labouring and building a Biblical foundation. Seeing as this one does get a few visitors I should take time one day to rework it. 🙂 Thanks again for your comments

          1. Ferdi Lundall

            Hi Helen, thank you & I know you must be extremely busy, so thank you very much for your valuable time taken with this also ! Your character shines through your replies & in that, I do believe that you ultimately have God’s good work at heart !

            As fallible and eternal sinners, none of us is ever totally above reproach & I leave you with a few good quotes there-off, whereby you have measured to graciously and humbly in favor of God !

            Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth’s sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won – Louisa May Alcott

            To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it – Tacitus

            I reproach so many things about my family, but on the other hand, I kept asking them to be my family – Claire Denis

            With that I regard you as a fellow family member in Christ our Savior !
            You have been in my prayer & may God Bless and Guide you on your path forward.

          2. Helen Calder Post author

            Thank you Ferdi, and I value your insights and especially your prayer. You are abundantly blessed in Christ. ~ Helen

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