It may surprise you to know that even those of us who are actively involved in prophetic ministry have occasional times of dryness.
Perhaps you are aware that busyness or weariness is affecting your intimacy with God. In which case, it may be time to review your priorities and your schedule.
Becoming aware of your spiritual dryness, and that you are finding it difficult to hear from God, is an indication that the Holy Spirit is drawing you to receive more from Him.
3 Ways to Kick-Start Your Prophetic Gift
When prophetic revelation is not flowing as easily as it usually does, here are 3 things that I make a point of prioritizing:
1. Take Time with God Without Agenda
When life is busy, it is easy to fall into a pattern of filling our devotional and prayer times with requests.
For example, there may be some important things happening in your world—ministry engagements, relational difficulties, people with problems, issues at work, or an urgent need for guidance. If you are not careful, finding out what God is saying about those things can become your main focus.
Maybe He wants to speak with you about something else entirely. Or maybe—He just wants you to be with Him.
He is calling you back to intimacy.
Today, Jesus invites you:
‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.’ (Rev 3:20)
I like to take time alongside rivers or lakes, walking with God, enjoying being with Him. Or spending private time in worship, with fresh, anointed music.
These are the things that I return to and prioritise when life has become off-balance.
You will have your own unique way of connecting with God.
Feeling prophetically dry may not be a problem in itself—it may be a symptom of your need to get closer to God.
When you re-establish intimacy with Him, you will know His voice. Your prophetic ability will flow again.
2. Refresh your Connection with the Bible
When we are having trouble hearing from God and receiving prophetic insights, it is not a time to get intense—it is time to get back to basics. For example, we can check that there are no barriers hindering us from hearing God’s voice.
It is no coincidence that feeling dry in terms of hearing from God are also times when it is difficult to connect with the Bible.
After all, the Bible is His Word and the primary way His Spirit speaks to us.
We are blessed these days with the technology that can deliver Scripture to us in many ways. We have the printed Word—and we also have the ability to listen to audio Bible or receive it digitally via the Internet, through computer software or Apps.
You are no longer limited to time and place to connect with God’s Word. Now you can listen or read on the go—anywhere, anytime.
After years of studying the Bible on the printed page, I have been taken by surprise at the impact listening to audio Scriptures has had on me. Many of the prophetic teaching articles I have written in the past year have come from ‘aha’ moments when the Holy Spirit has spoken to me while listening to the Bible via an iPhone App.
If you are having difficulty in connecting to God through His Word, I encourage you to try a different method of engaging with the Bible. Take a fresh look at your learning style and go on a journey of discovery.
3. Use Prophetic Journaling
After taking care of the two most important things—intimacy with God and engaging with His Word—there are some practical things that you can do to stir up your prophetic ability.
Taking some time for focused journaling can help ‘prime the pump’ of your prophetic gift.
This means taking some specific time before God, seeking Him for prophetic revelation. The Holy Spirit may speak to you through a Scripture, Bible story, or a picture (vision), word or idea.
Then, note it down.
Remember that the Holy Spirit speaks in light, spontaneous ways.
Using your preferred media, record and explore what God is saying to you. Let the inspiration flow and then weigh it up in prayer. If you receive something that goes beyond simple encouragement into the area of personal guidance or a prophetic insight for another person, remember to weigh it up carefully and practice prophetic accountability.
© 2014 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church
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