4 Reasons Why a Prophetic Decree is Powerful

‘You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.’ (Job 22:28, NASB)

Are you in need of a breakthrough? A prophetic decree is an authoritative ‘now’ word that unlocks the supernatural and causes a shift to take place.

What is Prophetic Decree?

Prophetic_DecreeA decree is ‘an official order that has the force of law.’ [1]

When we decree something, we are making a declaration that has the weight of Kingdom authority behind it.

‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matt 6:10)

Our decree is prophetic when it is sourced in our Heavenly Father’s intention. The Holy Spirit has revealed God’s will to us. [2] We then have authority on earth to enforce the Father’s plans through the agreement of our own words.

4 Reasons Why a Prophetic Decree is Powerful:

1. A Prophetic Decree Unlocks Kingdom Resources

In the book of Ezra, King Cyrus issued a royal decree to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. (Ezra 5:13) That decree was backed up with royal resources—and the proclamation of that decree unlocked the generous giving and volunteering of those who heard it. (Ezra 1)

King Hezekiah issued a decree inviting Israel and Judah to repent and come to Jerusalem for the Passover. That decree resulted in a national revival as multitudes turned to God, celebrating the Passover for the first time in generations. This was followed by a mass destruction of altars and ‘high places’ dedicated to false gods. (2 Chron 30-31)

In the book of Esther, Mordecai wrote a decree in the King’s name. (Esther 8) That decree mobilised the Jews to overturn the plans of their enemies and brought victory to God’s people.

A decree is a royal command. The Aramaic and Hebrew words translated ‘decree’ in these passages could also be translated law, regulation, (royal) edict, judgment, commandment or commission. [3]

Your prophetic decree unlocks the resources of the Kingdom! Your words will change atmospheres, touch hearts, break through opposition and shift situations into alignment with God’s purposes.

Let your faith be inspired as you meditate on the examples above. The result of a king’s decree was that:

  • God’s people were positioned to fulfil God’s purposes
  • The king’s treasury was unlocked to resource the decree
  • People responded with generous giving
  • National revival took place, with multitudes turning to God
  • The enemy’s plans were overturned and the enemy was defeated
  • God’s people gained victory
  • God’s will was accomplished

2. Prophetic Decree is an Expression of Kingdom Authority

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)

When a king speaks, his subjects must pay attention and obey instantly. As you declare your Father’s will through prophetic decree, the spiritual realm must pay attention and come into alignment. Miracles then break out in the natural (physical) realm.

Prophetic decree is powerful because it flows from the recognition that we are the Father’s royal sons and daughters and carry His Kingly authority in Jesus’ Name. (Rev 1:6) However, it is important to remember that:

  • This authority is not independent—we do not exercise it in our own name, but in the Name of Jesus. (John 14:13) [4]
  • We cannot expect to operate in Kingdom authority if we are unwilling to come under authority and leadership ourselves [5]
  • A prophetic decree is not our own will or wish; it is not the personal desire of what we would like to see happen. We are making a confident declaration of our Father’s revealed intention.

God speaks His Divine command. You are His agent, submitted on earth, declaring on earth what your Father has established in Heaven. That prophetic decree becomes a powerful, creative, ‘let there be’ word.

3. Prophetic Decree is not a Formula—it is a Standpoint

The power of prophetic decree does not come from using the word ‘decree’. It is not about using the words as a formula.

A decree may be in the form of an announcement, declaration or command. A prophetic decree may be a declaration made in faith that causes the impossible to happen.

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” (Mark 11:22-23)

Prophetic decree flows naturally when we comprehend and speak from our heavenly position. (Eph 2:6) The power is not in the words we use, but in the revelation of our authority in Christ.

4. Prophetic Decree and Prophetic Proclamation are Powerful when Teamed Together

In the Bible, royal decrees were followed by the proclamation of those decrees. It was not enough that a king or governor made a decree—that decree had to then be publicised and conveyed throughout the kingdom.

Decree and proclamation were part of a two-step process. Proclamation—the announcement of the decree—was vital. It allowed people to respond and position to obey the decree.

There is power in decree, even when it takes place in private prayer and intercession. However leaders understand the power of public prophetic proclamation. This is one reason why prophetic preaching is powerful.

Prophetic proclamation enables God’s people to position for and respond to the Father’s purposes.


[1] Google search ‘define decree’ accessed 16/11/15

[2] All prophetic revelation is subject to being tested. See ‘How to Check Your Prophetic Insight is from God’

[3] See Strongs H2942 and H1881

[4] For more on the topic of Kingdom authority, see ABC’s of the Kingdom of God

[5] See The Power of Prophetic Accountability

Related Posts:

How to use Scripture as a Prophetic Declaration

Change the Atmosphere by Speaking Prophetic Words of Life

How to Make a Prophetic Decree

© 2015 Helen Calder Enliven Ministries: in the David McCracken Ministries Family

24 thoughts on “4 Reasons Why a Prophetic Decree is Powerful

  1. David

    Wow Helen, AMEN!
    When news of what happened in France hit the headlines, i began to declare God is good and that the goodness of God would be know through out France and the nations of the world and the Glory of the Lord would fall on France and the nations of the world, (Isaiah 6:3) I began to declare and decree these things and that the Lordship of Jesus Christ would be established. May we continue to speak the goodness of God ( Phil 4:8) and give no air time to destruction, but fill the air waves with the Glory of the Lord,AMEN.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I love that declaration, David. I AGREE with your DECREE in Jesus’ Name! Let it be, Lord!

  2. Rose

    This is a really powerful word on decrees and I thank you for it! The most exhaustive and clear I’ve ever read on decrees! I’m emboldened to start issuing prophetic decrees and watching situations change!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Rose, I’m glad this article has been a blessing to you. I enjoyed doing the Bible study on decrees, there were some real ‘WOW’ moments in there for me! 🙂

  3. Collette Richmond

    I let my pastor know ,I had this discernment gift, and see things, before it happens. He told me in Bible study it was a demon in me ! Had the gift every since I was 10 years old. What is going on with me. Write it done everything God show me ! I’m thinking about not going back to his church !

    1. Elizabeth

      Hi Richmond. I don’t think it’s a demon ;sure demons give such knowledge through mediums but
      God also gives the gift of prophecy, and God is GREATER. he started all this, the devil only copied . Many Christians including some “pastors” don’t want to accept the ominipotence of Jesus christ and thereby insult God By thinking that ANYTHING miraculous is from the devil which is absurd. Ask God in prayer to reveal deeply the source. Jesus is the prince of peace and if you are feeling real peace, it can’t be the devil..

  4. jose ramos

    Saludos desde Mexico…he tenido con frecuencia,sueños y visiones,acerca de la iglesia que viene,una iglesia poderosa,llena del fuego del Espiritu Santo…visiones de iglesias inundadas de agua cristalina y limpia…ademas el Señor me recuerda pasajes de la biblia,como tambien vivencias de personajes del a.t. He pedido interpetacion,en algunas las tengo en mente,pero en otras no.El Señor me dijo que El abriria puertas,en breve.Ademas hechos de sanidad,milagros como liberaciones,que se llevarian a cabo y que esto tendria connatacion en todo el pais.
    He orado mucho acerca de ello,y estoy ayunando para mayor revelacion.Oro por su ministerio profeta Helen.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      These are powerful visions, Jose. Thank you for sharing them. May you see the fulfilment there in Mexico, pray also for the church here and our nation of Australia.

      ‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.’ (Habakkuk 2:14)

  5. Mike

    I enjoy the sermons, for now everything looks very confusing for me in the ministry but with all things are possible, reason being 2years nothing is moving. Mike

  6. Julian

    Hi Helen will you please tell me how to decree over my future wife that God will bless me with some day. Thank you for your help. Be blessed.

  7. Minister Mckinley Darden

    Very powerful word, God knows what we need. I needed to hear from heaven. Trying to seek direction in my Ministry. Finding myself in dry seasons, begin to speak negative words , but God allows me to experience this Word tonight. Praise God hallelujah, thank God for the power of his Word, the Divine Revelation of His Word.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Amen! Praying with you from Melbourne, Australia. May you know the fresh flow of the Spirit and God’s fruitfulness in your life and ministry.

  8. Ameldah

    Good day. i have heard of women who declare and decree other woman’s husbands. they talk about fasting for the man and tithing for that man. Where does God stand in all this.They talk about vows and yet that person is married with children. I doubt if God wants to destroy marriages for he said what i have joined no man shall put asunder. What advise would you give to the man’s wife.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Amelda, you are right – and that is abuse of a spiritual gift. (It could also be called witchcraft, as it is ungodly manipulation using spiritual means). We should always weigh up everything against God’s Word.
      I don’t have the full story so it’s difficult to speak into, but my thoughts are:
      – this kind of thing should be addressed by a church oversight – it’s a problem in the church
      – if the man knows about it, then as the protector of his wife and marriage he could speak to those who are doing this and tell them to stop it
      – Pray and break any effects off, and declare strength in the marriage according to God’s Word – but I do not believe that we should be brought into bondage by having to pray continually against curses. Pray once and then believe by faith that ‘a curse without a cause will not alight’ (Prov 26:2)
      Hope that helps, I am very sorry to hear it, Ameldah

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