3 Ways Prophetic Worship Will Change Your Life

What makes prophetic worship prophetic? ‘Prophetic’ simply means that the things on God’s heart—His thoughts, intent and purposes—are being conveyed.

Prophetic_Worship_Encounter‘Prophetic’ also means that Father’s purpose is being carried out in the worship environment. Jesus said of His miracles and works, ‘the Son can only do as He sees the Father doing.’ (John 5:19)

During prophetic worship, those of us who are leading worship are engaged with the Holy Spirit.

Our desire should always be to ‘see what Father is doing and do that—to hear what Father is saying, and say that.’

As we carry out what is on God’s heart to do in the ‘now’ moment of worship, people are touched and transformed.


3 Ways Prophetic Worship Will Change Your Life

Here are 3 ways that prophetic worship can transform your life, and the lives of those you lead in worship:

1. You will Encounter God

The highest purpose of worship is communion. God created us for a face to face relationship with Him.

A traditional view of worship is that it is a one-way giving of our love to God. However, prophetic worship is ‘two-way’. Heaven is touching earth. During prophetic worship, we are encountering God.

During prophetic worship, as your heart is raised in adoration towards Him, you are being touched by God. You are hearing His voicethe whispers of the Spirit to your heart.

You catch a glimpse of Who Jesus is, and Father’s purpose for your life—and it transforms you. You are growing in intimacy with Him.


2. You will be Impacted by God’s Power—Healing, Impartation and Freedom

As your heart is lifted in love and worship to God, you are more open towards Him than at any other time.

As you worship, God is releasing something into your life. An impartation is taking place. That could be a fresh infilling of His Spirit. Perhaps God is releasing an attribute of His nature—such as faith, courage, strength or hope.

You discover it is on God’s agenda to release His power into your life, to heal and set you free.

The Bible says, ‘God sent His word and healed them’ (Psalm 107:20). During prophetic worship, a ‘now’ word of healing can come from the throne of God.

As David played on his lyre to Saul, the demonic oppression that was on Saul lifted, because of the anointing on David’s music.

During Spirit-led, Spirit-breathed worship, God’s power is being released. You can expect miracles and healing to break out in the atmosphere of prophetic worship, touching your life and others around you.


3. You will Discover a Powerful Weapon of Breakthrough

King Jehoshaphat sent the musicians ahead of his army to praise and worship God—and the enemy was destroyed by the power of God! (2 Chron 20)

Prophetic praise celebrates the fulfillment of God’s promises before they are manifested in the natural realm. It is also the Spirit-led proclamation of who God is, declaring His attributes, greatness and power.

This makes it a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare.

And while we know that an open Heaven is our inheritance, we also know that there are times we need to contend for what belongs to us.

During the times you need to contend for the atmosphere around your life and over those you lead, turn to prophetic praise and worship. As you do, you enter the realm of breakthrough.


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4 Benefits of Soaking Worship, with Suggestions and Guidelines

Soaking WorshipWhat is ‘Soaking Worship?

‘Soaking worship’ has become a familiar term in church life today, but what do we mean by it?

As the name suggests, soaking worship has two aspects.

  • Worship speaks of the giving of our adoration, honour and love to God
  • Soaking speaks of receiving and drinking from God

Soaking worship means that we are simultaneously focused on both giving and receiving. At first glance, this appears to be a contradiction.

It has often been said that worship should be a one-way giving of our adoration to God, not expecting anything in return. However, the Bible reveals that God’s desire has always been for communion, relationship and encounter.

The tabernacle was an early place of worship that God referred to as, ‘the tabernacle of meeting where I will meet with you.’ (Exodus 30:36) [1]

The key elements of soaking worship are:

  • An attitude of worship
  • Being positioned to encounter God
  • Spending quality, unhurried time.

‘As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.’ (Ps 42:1)

The Psalms give us glimpses of the worshipper’s heart. In Psalm 63, David expresses both his longing and thirst for God and his worship of God. The two go hand in hand.

There is something in our hearts and spirits that can only be satisfied in the place of worship.


How Soaking Worship Takes Place

Soaking worship can take place either privately or publicly. However, by its very nature, soaking worship is personal.

I sometimes lead into a type of ‘soaking worship’ session when ministering in conferences and camps. This enables individuals to encounter God and gives the Holy Spirit room to minister and take the teaching of God’s word deeper—from heads into hearts.

When our hearts are open in worship and an attitude of surrender, we are open to receive the ministry of the Holy Spirit more than any other time.

Methods have arisen to facilitate worship soaking in groups or publicly. There is even a ‘soaking’ sub-genre of worship music. [2] Whilst these can be helpful tools to assist us, it is important to remember that soaking worship is not about a formula, style, or method.

Each of us encounters and worships God in a very unique way—and we also have individual tastes as to what type of music touches our hearts and connects us in worship to God.


4 Benefits of Soaking Worship

Here are 4 benefits of taking intentional time for soaking worship:

1. Soaking Worship Fosters Intimacy with God

Taking time in God’s Presence to love, worship and appreciate Him as well as to receive from Him helps develop our intimate relationship with Him.

We open our heart’s door and welcome Jesus in to commune with us. (Rev 3:20)

We catch a revelation of the Father’s heart, His grace and His love. In the light of His grace and favour, we can open up the innermost places of our soul, where we have been hurt and damaged—and in that space, the experience of His love can heal us.

2. Soaking Worship Facilitates Encounter

Soaking worship encourages individuals to have a personal encounter with God. We set aside intentional time to worship and meet with Jesus.

3. Soaking Worship Allows the Prophetic Ministry of the Spirit to Flow

Soaking worship times encourage us to hear from God for ourselves as we open our hearts to Him. As we position in His Presence, our Father births His dreams in our lives and speaks of what is on His heart.

4. Soaking Worship Provides Replenishment

During times of soaking worship, we receive an impartation of the Holy Spirit into our hearts and lives. We intentionally surrender and yield all of our hearts and lives to Him—and what we present to Him, He takes and fills.

Soaking worship also has natural benefits. As we physically and mentally relax in God’s Presence it helps relieve us from stress, pressure and anxiety.

The above are personal benefits to the worshipper. However, God Himself delights in and benefits from our times of encounter and worship of Him. ‘I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me.’ (SOS 7:10)


Personal Soaking Worship

Soaking worship is something that we can incorporate into our personal times with God. It is especially helpful during seasons when we have experienced weariness, dryness or are at a crossroads when we need to hear what is on our Father’s heart.

It is important to remember that soaking worship is not a replacement for our devotional life, although it can complement it. Our experience of God should always be grounded in His Word and these times of encountering God should always be balanced with times of Bible study.


Leading Soaking Worship Sessions: Suggestions and Guidelines

If you are involved in leading public soaking worship times, here are some important things to remember:

  • Be intentional about creating a safe environment for people to encounter God.
  • Have a plan to minister to anyone who responds emotionally or who has a spiritual manifestation during a worship soaking time. Creating a safe environment may require you appointing leaders to—on the rare occasions it may be needed—take individuals aside and minister to them separately from the group.
  • Provide for those who have physical needs or limitations to have a comfortable place to sit or rest.
  • Acknowledge that some people are at different places in their relationship with God, and have different comfort levels of opening their hearts to Him. Allow people some different options in how to position and respond during a soaking time.
  • Because this is a time when individuals hear from God, it is important to foster an environment of prophetic integrity. Encourage people to talk with their leadership about any personal guidance or spiritual experience they receive during a soaking worship time. [3]
  • Being under spiritual oversight is vital for any prophetic endeavour and a safety net for those who are ministering in soaking worship sessions.

Notes:

[1] See articles under ‘related posts’ below on the topic of prophetic worship.

[2] For those who are on Spotify, I have just set up my own ‘soaking’ playlist. Search for ‘Helen Calder Soaking Worship’ on Spotify.

[3] See Prophetic Accuracy: Why Should Prophecy be Weighed Up?


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