8 Signs You May Have a Gift of Prophecy

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. Thuliswa

    Dear Helen
    You are a God sent, thank you for this sings of prophecy I have experience them all. Most of the time I have revelation from God, but that revelation will take almost a year be revealed, like the times of ISAIA . Now that put me to number eight be because people do not understand that, so I found myself in trails

  2. Prophet:Shinua Morris

    Amen Helen sister greetings as always your prophecy praise God beautiful, all u have said is the holy spirit speaking. The situations God has me in are adventurous and he is amazing keep up the word (Jesus in the name of Jesus fatherGod bless u amen we

  3. Tshepo

    Hello Hellen

    Thankyou for the 8 points. I can definitely relate with point number 5. I’ve had the gift of discernment for a year and a half . Since June last year the Lord has used me to prophesy over my friend’s lives and to confirm matters to do with their personal lives.

    This gift is something else. I am very sensitive in publc areas suvh as malls. The other day i went to a mall with friends my body went all funny as a result of what my spirit is sensing. Although i do not yet see i can tell if the presence around me is evil or good. I actually enjoy this experience.

    Anyway its still early days, I look forward to growing in this gifting. I already read your book: “Grow your prophetic gift” and it has helped me a lot. I believe we need more material on “Discernment of spirits”, I dont think people know much about it.

    God bless you.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Tshepo, you’re right, we do need more info on discernment. I’m working on an online course right now on that topic, hope to have the first sessions available soon

  4. Kehinde Abegunde

    All that is written talks about all that I have experienced and experiencing at this very moment. In fact there’s no time that visit this blog I’ll always find something talking to me, how I pray to be mentored right now.
    God bless you, ma’am.

  5. Desmond Awe

    Wow wow wow… I’m so blessed by this, and i want to appreciate you (pst Helen Calder) for this wonderful 8 keys; and all are message to me because i ve experience all especially point num 6, i ‘ve learned and am somuch encouraged now. Thank you very much and God bless.

  6. Rainey Allen

    Hello Helen, God bless you & family! Thank you 4 this blog. I ID with all the signs of the profectic. I sent you a message on twitter from Rain Allen @jesuscallsmehis & it was a question about the profectic kinda personal bc it involved a family member. Anyhow I also had a dream & in the dream I was with 2 other people ( could not see faces) and we were restoring eagles but they looked like crows but we were painting their heads white & then they were eagles! In the dream I was pacing back in fourth panicking because I wanted them restored. So I asked the Lord to give me revelation and when I went to sleep again I kept repeating 144,000 even when I awoke I was saying that. If at all possible can you help me understand what this means or may represent. I believe its a calling dream about the profectic but more about getting people saved the part I do not understand is the 144,000 from the 12 tribes if Israel. I feel like I am missing it. Please help, I want to know if this is my calling profecy but mostly just want to do Gods will for my life & walk in the purpose he has called 4 me. Thank you so very much! God bless you and your wonderful ministry’s & family! Sincerly, Rainey Allen

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi I will check back on the Twitter message 🙂
      The dream sounds symbolic.. I don’t help with interpretations online but encourage you to consider the Biblical symbolism

  7. joackim pearson

    thank you helen you are a blessing. i strongly relate to ” 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. Christbeseen

    Hello Helen,

    The article and video were so enlightening and insightful. At first as I read the article, I was curious to see how many signs I actually had. As I finished reading, to my amazement I had all 8 that was mentioned in this article. I have been called with the ministry gifts of an Evangelist and Teacher. Seeing these signs manifest in my life in the manner and degree to which they did has been such a new and surprising experience. I also have many dreams in which in a short period of time they come to past. Should I seek out a mentor to help guide me in this gift? I find my self encountering jealousy and rejection as well (by people who don’t really know me) but have drawn negative conclusions about me because I am bold and free, how can I grow past these experiences where I am not affected by the attitudes and actions of others? Thank you for letting the Holy Spirit use you to convey His truths and revelations!

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