A Vision for Prophetic Worship in Church Life

Of all the ministries I have participated in, prophetic worship is one that is very close to my heart.

I believe God is calling His Church to greater intimacy. It is time to revisit what prophetic praise and worship means, and to break it loose from limitations and stereotypes that have held us back from fully encountering Him in worship.

What is Prophetic Worship?

In prophecy, the Father’s mind, will and intention is communicated and we learn what is on His heart.

Prophetic praise and worship enables God’s message to be brought, or His purpose to be accomplished, in a worship setting. This may include a church service, but could also take place as one, a few, or many come before God in worship.

Prophetic worship could be seen as a Divine conversation. On our part, we are honouring and adoring God, whilst He in turn is breathing His purposes into our hearts and lives, and the life of our church.

Prophetic Worship—a Meeting Place

Many people consider that the ultimate purpose of worship is a one-way giving of our praise, love and adoration to God.

And yet God’s highest purpose for worship is encounter. He desires to meet with, and commune with His children. An early place of established worship was the Tabernacle of Moses. God referred to it as ‘the tabernacle of meeting where I will meet with you.’ (Exodus 30:36)

Today, God is saying, ‘I want to meet with you. I want to commune with you. Will you take time to encounter Me and hear My voice?’

Breaking Prophetic Worship out of the Box

Many people think of prophetic worship in the Church environment is dependent upon having:

  • Lengthy, unstructured times of praise and worship
  • Prophetically gifted team members and
  • The ability to bring extemporaneous (impromptu) songs, instrumental chord progressions, etc.

And whilst this is one way in which prophetic worship can be facilitated, we need to remember that the Holy Spirit is not limited by style or culture. Following are some ways in which prophetic praise and worship can be incorporated into church life:

1. Spontaneously or Ahead of Time

A time of praise and worship can be directed by the Holy Spirit in the moment, as the leader or individuals within a worship team have the liberty to express what God may be saying, or where He is leading. However it is just as prophetic when a worship leader prays ahead of time and seeks God for what is on His heart for the Church or individuals on the day.

2. By Song or Instrumentation

A song can be prophetic, and has the benefit of conveying God’s intention through language. However instrumentation can also be prophetic and is a Biblical means of conveying God’s heartbeat or purpose from His Spirit directly to our hearts. [1]

3. In the Choice of Songs

A song list, or individual choice of songs can be prophetic—affirming what God is doing in the lives of individuals or in the Church on the day, in the moment, or during a season.

For example, if there has been a significant prophetic word brought to the Church that has been affirmed by the leadership, this can also be reflected in song. Or the church leadership may have a God-given vision, which is incorporated into the choice of songs that are being used in Church life in a given season.

4. Prophetic Songwriting

New songs have the potential to be like new wineskins, containing the fresh anointing of what God is doing.

This is where prophetic songwriting (writing songs that reflect either God’s ‘Now’ purpose or a future prophetic vision) can be a blessing to a Church, whether individually, in a movement, or even globally.

5. Other Media used to Convey a Prophetic Insight

Prophetic worship can utilise songs and instruments. But there are many more means that the Holy Spirit can use during a time of praise and worship to express the Father’s purposes.

Remember that these do not have to be spontaneous—they can be prayerfully organised prior to a meeting:

  • A spoken prophetic prayer or exhortation,
  • A Scripture
  • Prophetic poetry
  • Dance or drama that expresses Father’s purpose for the meeting, the Church or individuals
  • Unusual instrumentation (any instrument not regularly used in our particular setting, e.g shofar)
  • Prophetic art
  • Multi-media can also contain prophetic elements

6. In the Context of Evangelism

‘But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”’ (1 Cor 14:24-25)

Prophetic worship is not just for Christians. Encountering the heart of God in a worship service can have a life-changing impact on someone who does not yet know Jesus.

Prophetic worship is relevant to every church setting, whether structured or unstructured, time-constrained or open-ended, whether one instrument or vocalist, or many.We need to break prophetic praise and worship out of the box and be open to the many ways that Holy Spirit can lead us.

In upcoming posts, I will be considering

  • Examples of prophetic worship in the Bible
  • The power of prophetic praise and worship and what it can accomplish in a meeting
  • How to evaluate a prophetic contribution (prophetic accountability) in a church worship setting

Notes:

[1] I will be sharing more about prophetic instrumentation in a future article.

[2] For more on prophetic art, see my posts in the Prophetic Art Category


Related Posts:

How Your Prophetic Song Can Release the Power of God

Prophetic Ministry in Church Life: 3 Non-Negotiables

What is Prophetic Art?


© Helen Calder – Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries: in the David McCracken Ministries Family

6 thoughts on “A Vision for Prophetic Worship in Church Life

  1. Faith

    Thank u Helen for this prophetic message, it really blesss me keep up good work and may God bless you

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you Faith,
      Blessings to you too 🙂
      ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.’ Eph 1:3

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Julia,
    such a great way to be activated in prophetic worship and a great reminder for us all!
    I have been remembering lately Paul’s thoughts on this in 1 Cor 14:15. ‘I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.’
    May you be richly blessed in your journey with Him. 🙂

  3. Ben

    Hi mum, its so good i found you on this Platform. i have gone through some of your writes up. they have blessed me thanks mum. am abit surprise seeing you on this Platform. i have a lot to share with you please put me in prayer. i will write you again. thank God for this upportunity. my name is Ben watchman
    i am a young man that loves prayer and the prophetic with passion. mum how do i get to know you better ma’m?

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