How do you know if you have a spiritual gift of prophecy?

It is common for people who are in the early stages of developing a prophetic gift to experience uncertainty and questions. If you can relate to this, the following list of signs will encourage you to keep moving forward and develop your gift of prophecy:

8 Signs You May Have a Prophetic Gift

1. You Desire a Close Relationship with God

Prophetic insights from the Holy Spirit, are sourced in an intimate relationship with God—His Presence is where you hear His voice and receive revelation from Him.

So one sign you have a prophetic gift is that you are not satisfied with a shallow relationship—you want to be close to Him.

That is because God has called you to be one who hears the whispers of what is on His heart—to learn what His intention is and pass it on to others. (John 13:23-25)

2. You Want to Learn About Prophecy

‘Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.’ (1 Cor 14:1).

A hunger or longing for a gift can be from the Holy Spirit, as He is drawing you towards God’s purpose for your life.

This is the hidden stage of a gift—where very few people, except those who are close enough to know the desires of your heart, are aware that you have the ability. But God knows—He has placed that desire within you because He is drawing you towards your destiny. ‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart’ (Psalm 37:4)

3. You Tend to Pray Prophetically

A gift of prophecy often shows up in prayer before it manifests in other ways.

  • You find yourself praying something spontaneously that you hadn’t thought of—and you realise the Holy Spirit has led you
  • You are praying for another person or situation—and you get feedback that what you prayed for was exactly what was needed
  • You discover God has given you knowledge in prayer that you could not know by natural means

Prophetic prayer is powerful—because you are praying according to God’s purposes. As 1 John 5:14-15 says, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’

4. You Have Had Confirmation that you Accurately Hear from God

A sign that you have a gift of prophecy is that you build up a track record of hearing from God accurately. For example:

  • People you have prayed for, or shared prophetic encouragement with, have given you feedback that your prophetic insight was spot on
  • You have found yourself thinking about a Scripture or message—and then your Pastor or another person shared the same one
  • You have journaled something you believe God is saying—and it has come to pass

Very often these kinds of confirmations are private—this is the Holy Spirit giving you are nudge to explore your prophetic gift further.

5. People Have Been Helped by Prophetic Insights You have Shared

Accuracy alone is not a sign you have a gift—in the Bible, a spiritual gift must be exercised in love and bear good fruit that honours God (1 Cor 13, 14).

The Apostle Paul said, ‘the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort… the one who prophesies edifies the church.’ (1 Cor 14:3, 4b)

So important questions to ask are:

  • ‘Have people been helped, encouraged, strengthened and comforted by the prophetic insights I have shared?
  • ‘Has the church been built up?’

The sign of a prophetic gift is that people are helped and drawn closer to God by what you have heard from God and shared.

6. You Find Yourself in Circumstances Where a Word from God is Needed

One sign of a prophetic gift is that God engineers circumstances to gently push you into needing to hear from Him. You find yourself in a place where you need to respond and act on what you hear. For example:

  • Someone you are praying with needs a word of encouragement from God, or
  • You have some personal circumstances where prophetic guidance is necessary

7. You Have Prophetic Values

Here are some core values that those who have a gift of prophecy tend to have in common:

  • A love for God’s Presence
  • A high value on hearing God’s voice and the prophetic gift and ministry
  • A passion about God’s prophetic promises
  • A love for holiness and justice and the righteous standard of God’s Word

You may wonder why other people don’t see things the same way as you do—but the reason is, God has placed prophetic values in your DNA. It’s how He has designed you.

8. You Have Been Through a Trial in Relation to Your Gift of Prophecy

A pattern we see in Scripture is that someone who has a ministry calling goes through a trial, or a failure, or what we might call a ‘wilderness experience’ in relation to their gifts. So if you have had difficulties, or you have felt shut down in the area of prophecy, be encouraged. This may well be a sign you are gifted and called in prophecy.

God has an end in mind. Don’t let the enemy hook you to a past experience through hurt or disappointment. Remember Proverbs 4:23 says, ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’

Do whatever it takes, forgive others and yourself; keep your heart free to move on, pick up your prophetic gift once more, because God is coming through for you.

What to read next:

How to develop your prophetic gift: where to begin
Taking the pressure off when you are growing in prophecy

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238 thoughts on “8 Signs You May Have a Gift of Prophecy”

  1. Methu Nyamakazi

    Thank you so much Helen, I am so encouraged to pursue and grow in my prophetic gift.
    Thanks and shalom.

  2. Thank you Helen. This is exactly what k have been experiencing , I thank God that He used you to encourage me. I have found myself fall under numbers 1,2, 7,8. Stay blessed in Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name.

  3. Hello Helen,
    I have learned over the years that I have prophetic gift. First thing I would notice that I would hear or know certain things about people and I would tell my pastor that I did not know how I knew them.
    Sometimes what I would hear and did not understand and then I would get confirmation about what I heard. Later on I would see things and did not understand what it was all about. Sometimes I would be encouraging people and then I would see something about their life or something they need to do and it would be so strong that I would have to share it with them. Many times people have come to let me know that what I said was correct. I have ask God to allow my tongue be a pen for him so I have written many spoken words, I have written 2 books but have not been able to have them published. One is called “More than a Conqueror ” and another is called “Seasons” I don’t understand why I am writing about seasons and how to handle the difficult seasons you find yourself in. I just started writing about this subject without any knowledge of my own as to what I was writing but it speaks to me. Over the past year I have been going through a serious financial battle, where I have been homeless, and not enough to meet my living expenses. I feel like I am under spiritual attack as it seem that every door has been shut. I have ask God what is going on and I just don’t understand. This month makes it a year that I have been dealing with this situation. I know my Father is there and He sees and I am trying to understand what do I need learn through this but it is quite distracting and I have press even harder sometimes just to pray. Do you have any advice. I apologize for the length of my comment.

  4. Thank you Ellen for the 8 sings and thank God for using you, I have been experieing the 8 sings for a long time,also I have been see shadow sometime when I’m doing somthing, also I see light in shape of something. I don’t know if it is angel I see or not but I would want know what it is or if it is a next sing im experienceing.

  5. Hi Helen
    Thank you for the words of revelation. I get songs that the Lord requires me to minister at a certain time to a certain people .as a child people would cry after I’d finish singing. I use to find it very odd why people would be sad and crying. I later got to understand that god was healing their hearts.

  6. God bless you Helen, l can relate to mostly all the sign, but l still feel unfulfilled and at time people think am strange. Thank you.

  7. Hi Helen..

    Im not sure whether im having a prophetic gift since i dont get visions, etc, except that i received inspired bible text late last year around October 2016 (1Tim1:19) until toaday i do re-read this verse.Two months ago my daughters mother past away, im in financial struggles (scammed over 25 000), currently in a unstable relationship, the list goes on but im holding on to faith as per the verse i received, moreover im keen on helping people, solving problems, sensing demoralized effects on fellow colleagues and a great team player. Im currently looking for another job, a parastatal within the same ministry im working for in order to make use of my pensionable earnings for my family background isnt so rosy therefore, wish to uplift the livelyhood of my parents back home, where my kids are going.
    Wish i could say more, but one thing im sure of..God loves my,and highly favors me, because HE did it in the past, the current job was due to miraculous intervention, and im willing to serve HIS purpose HE created me for, but find it a bit difficult to join local churches.I am getting easily bored listening to the “preaching” as if i can do that better…Please dont get me wrong but i have this urge to lecture people due to so many dark experience in my past.I am turning 40years in three weeks time.

    PLease let me know what your guidance can unveil.

    God bless

    1. Hello Mattheus… I understand what you say about the preaching, it’s harder to receive from others as you mature and have more knowledge, but God always has something to give us even through the simplest preaching and those who have not had the trials. I encourage you to persevere as receiving from others (church leaders, preachers) is a key to growing and being released in our gifts. We can only receive from what we honour. Scripturally to honour means to place value on.

  8. Yes thank you everything you said speaks to my heart. Thank you. Be blessed . I want you to know that your messages inspired me.

  9. Thank you for posting this. I am a prophet and have been in what seems like the wilderness concerning the gift.

  10. Wanda Faye Steele

    God bless you. I was so eager to get the next e mail because it felt like God had something for me that I really needed to know. This message has really blessed my soul and spirit. Before I could even finish reading it, God began to speak to me concerning the gift of prophecy. This is so knew to me, but I love God and his presence. I trust him. Thank God for your ministry, it has truly been a blessing to me.

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