Prophecy: How to Birth God’s Promise for Your Life

There are times when all our Father requires of us, is to hold fast—to stand firmly on His prophetic promise and wait.

However, there comes a moment when He calls us to participate with Him in prayer and faith, in order to birth the new thing that He is doing.

It is time for His prophetic promise to be fulfilled.

‘God, Give Me that Nation’

Birth the prophetic promiseRecently, my husband Malcolm (aka ‘The Hunk’) and I were flying far above the red heartland of Australia, when I heard the Holy Spirit say:

‘You have been expecting the United States and other nations to fall into your lap like ripe plums. However, now is the time to wrestle them off Me.’

I immediately had an impression of small boxes, with lids springing open. I knew they represented prophecies from many years ago, that were opening up right now.

The prophecy the Spirit was referring to in that moment was spoken over me 19 years ago:

‘Don’t wait for me to give you the nations, ask of me the nations, that I may give nations to you as an inheritance… [1] Nations are going to come upon your heart and then you’re going to say, “God give me that nation”…

And God is going to say, “I’ll give you that nation if you wrestle that nation off Me.”

The Time has Come to Bring that Promise to Birth

The reason I am sharing this personal experience is that I believe that God is speaking to many of you in a similar way.

There may be some aspects of a prophetic word or promise for your life and ministry, that the Holy Spirit is bringing to your attention right now. And He is saying:

‘Now is the time to engage in passionate, fervent prayer. It is time to wrestle with Me concerning that prophecy, because the moment has come to bring that promise to birth.’

Wrestling for God’s Prophetic Promise

‘Wrestling’ is a reference to the story of Jacob, who relentlessly held on to God and would not let Him go—until God blessed him.

‘Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.’ (Gen 32:24)

In those hours of wrestling, Jacob’s desire for God’s blessing reached its peak. Jacob’s determination was so great, that he continued to hold on, in spite of God’s resistance and his own physical weakness.

  • As the new day dawned, God gave Jacob the name ‘Israel’.

“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Gen 32:28)

Wrestling with God marked the beginning of a new season.

Jacob began his life’s journey as Isaac’s son. He later moved to Mesopotamia, married, and for twenty long years, grew his own family within his father-in-law Laban’s tribe. (Gen 31:38, 41)

However, from this time onward, Jacob emerged as the father of a nation—newly named Israel.

God’s prophetic promise was born.

Wrestling in Passionate Prayer

This principle of wrestling in prayer before God, to birth His promises, is seen in many other places in Scripture.

  • See Hannah—whose years of anguish as a barren wife culminated in one moment of heartfelt, passionate prayer before God. That prayer gave birth to her firstborn son, Samuel (1 Sam 1)
  • Consider Elijah—who labored in prayer seven times, in order to give birth to the rain that would end years of drought in Israel. Refusing to accept ‘no’ or ‘not yet’ for an answer, Elijah continued in tenacious intercession, until the first signs of rain appeared in the sky (1 Kings 18:41-44)
  • Jesus wrestled in prayer in Gethsemane. We receive a glimpse into His personal prayer life in those significant moments of encounter with the Father. At that time Jesus received strength, before He faced the cross (Luke 22:39-45)

Ask, Seek, Knock—It’s Time to Make a Noise

On the Dreamliner, high over the red outback of central Australia, I turned to Jesus’ instruction concerning prayer.

‘So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.’ (Luke 11:9)

There is a continuity in the Greek present tense used in these verses: ‘Ask and keep on asking; seek and keep on seeking; knock and keep on knocking.’

There is continuity and yet, there is also a progression. The prayer that began passively, reaches its zenith in an aggressive pursuit of God.

You begin, by asking—and yet, the prayer remains unanswered. You are hungry, and so you seek. To seek is to be active, moving towards and looking for the answer.

  • Finally, you begin to knock. To knock means ‘to rap’. You are now making a noise to gain attention.

Your desire has reached its fullness—and that need, expressed in fervent, wrestling prayer, will ultimately give birth to the promise of God.

For His time has come.


[1] This prophecy contains a reference to Psalm 2:8, which reads, ‘Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.’

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24 thoughts on “Prophecy: How to Birth God’s Promise for Your Life

  1. henry govo

    I have just read your article and am edified so much. I cant wait for the next one from you as I see my prophetic ministry being established. my heart is very much at peace with your writtings. may God bless you.

  2. Nancy Smith

    Hi there… thank you so much for this timely word. It seems the Lord has been encouraging me to enter into the promised land to find His rest. And I have been wondering… I understand WHAT I need to do… but I don’t exactly know HOW I am to do it. “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest”– this part of the verse has puzzled me… but now I see. The rest I am looking for will come after the wrestling. Ah… the wonderful mysteries of God.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thanks Nancy, yes I’m right with you!
      I’ve been meditating even since publishing this article, what does wrestling actually mean? I have been considering the aspect of wrestling being ‘up close and personal’, it is intimate engagement, it’s real and authentic, it’s not settling for the status quo, it’s face to face…and I think resting and wrestling are two side of the same coin, we need both and amazingly, can have both at once…as you say, mystery. 🙂

  3. Godstime Udodiri Hart

    I thank God for using you to be a blessing to me at crucial moment of my relationship with the sweet Holy Spirit. Am inspired I’ll not relent until all of His promises.are fulfilled in life and family. God bless you real good and engrace you the more.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      I love your words, Godstime, ‘I’ll not relent until all of His promises are fulfilled…’ Reminds me of these verses in Isaiah 62:
      I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
      they will never be silent day or night.
      You who call on the Lord,
      give yourselves no rest,
      and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
      and makes her the praise of the earth. (Is 62:6-7)

      Thank you

  4. jose ramos

    si Dios no nos hubiera llamado,escogido, para desempeñar la Obra suya,desde cuando hubiera tirado la toalla.Las situaciones que se pasan en este Ministerio profetico son terribles,y lo unico que se hace es depender de EL cada momento,y pedir paciencia,y mas paciencia,para esperar el toque suyo para entrar de lleno al cumplimiento de su Comision.Todo lo que digo,es que suceden tantas cosas que tal parece que jamas se llevaran a cabo todas aquellas palabras profeticas soltadas sobre uno,por un profeta de Dios calificado.A pesar de los sueños, visiones,y dones diversos…pero se carece de interpetacion de los primeros.Y alli esta la voz del E.S. diciendote:Jose,espera,porque tu tiempo viene.Escribo estas notas,despues de acontecimientos que me han sucedido,y que sin duda,Dios quiere saber de que estoy hecho.Le ruego sus oraciones,lo hago por usted y su Ministerio como por los miembros de su famalia.Saludos,desde Mexico.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Jose, I pray for you right now, for God’s strength, His empowering, His grace and perseverance. May the companionship of the Holy Spirit be increasingly tangible and real to you.
      It’s been a long journey for you and you have stayed faithful.

      I am always grateful for your comments. Please also pray for us in Australia, and I personally ask for your prayers as well.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Pauline, those are great questions – very big questions and ones we all grapple with. Here are a couple of articles you may find helpful:
      As I suggest on the second article, taking time to walk through the points, perhaps journalling, will help you process these, and have a leader, someone who knows you, you can share and discuss with.

  5. April

    If you dream or have a vision of something being birthed, does that mean you still need to pray for it or has it already manifested. Several months ago, I had a dream/vision of giving birth to a baby. It was a quick push and the baby came forth without much pain. However, I don’t see anything different in my life. I am not sure what this “baby” is.

    Recently I had a dream where “mama” was telling me to have a baby by the time I was 35. I wanted to tell her, don’t you realize I am 53. It later dawned on me that 53 was the 35 backwards.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello April, yes dreams of birth are usually to do with a new thing God is doing in our lives. Re your question, ‘does that mean you still need to pray for it or has it already manifested’ – that is a matter to take to prayer and work out in your intimate relationship with God, discover what Holy Spirit is leading you to do.
      i.e. Do you have a sense of His peace, or Presence as you simply rest and thank Him for the new thing He is doing? Or do you sense His leading to begin to engage in prayer and seeking Him (‘travail’)? May be a case of activating both and seeing where He is taking you.
      (P.S. Love that – I’m 53 as well)

  6. Charles

    For me the message in this post is so personal that some aspects and time frames mentioned in the message are speaking very specifically about my life. I have been asking God for confirmation about the spiritual direction on the season I’m in (I have actually gone through the birthing part but I must confess I have been bit intimidated by the magnitude of the vision )…I was expecting a dream as it is a channel that I usually receive confirmations through… it was a pleasant surprise to receive the post through yahoo… now I now what I need to do.
    God bless you..Helen
    P.S. Articles elsewhere online about ‘living under open heaven’ have especially been helpful in birthing my vision.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Charles, that is so good to hear!
      May you be richly blessed as you labour with God to bring your new season to birth.

  7. Denise Craig

    Such a word in season, when you came to Influencers church in Adelaide recently the prophesy I received was very much tied in with my requirement to pray. I was feeling a little bit stuck with where to go with it but this makes sense now!

  8. Joan

    Thank you so much for the inspiration and wisdom that you have given here, it has given such confidence to persist with praying for my son and to keep on praying no matter what. I shall also pass this on to a friend who is also standing for her marriage and refuses to give up and knows in her heart her marriage will be restored through the Grace of the Devine. Thank God for you and being open to receive God’s word and sharing this with love. Lots of love, Joan.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Joan, I know what it’s like as a Mum to be praying and interceding for your children. (I have two young adult children) May you receive the fresh breeze of Holy Spirit inspiration to continue pursuing God for Him to move on your son’s life. Your prayers are making a difference!
      And thanks so much for the encouragement too, it means a lot to me!

  9. Karen

    Hi there, I just ordered and paid for an e-book online but i haven’t received it by email and its been about 20 minutes – i usually receive e-books pretty much straight away. Could you please assist me? Thank you Karen Faithful

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Karen, not sure what’s happened there, it says it’s awaiting payment notification. I’ll send you an email from my personal account and we’ll organise a book to be sent direct from me. I’m sorry about the hassle!

  10. Alecia

    I sometimes feel a pull towards the prophetic but I am struggling with several things presently. But i want God’s prefect will for my life

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