Prophetic words are one of my favorite ways God likes to show someone He loves them. I used to find it hard to know how or when to deliver certain prophetic words. But after years of practice, these are some of the keys that I have found help me deliver them in the most loving and effective way.
Walking in Humility
I have found that remaining teachable is key to all things spiritual. Humility is a posture where we recognize that our gifts are from a gracious Father, and how we use them should reflect His nature too.
Learning How God Speaks to Us
All of us hear God’s voice in different ways. When you develop a history with God, you become familiar with the unique way He speaks to you. You may find it helpful to record the ways you hear Him and find patterns through which you can discern what He is saying to you at any given moment.
Looking for the Right Moment
Learning to wait and be sensitive to what is happening around you will help you discover the right moment to delivery your word. If someone’s body language seems closed off (crossed arms or confused look), you will want to build some relational rapport before delivering a word of knowledge. Help them understand that you are a safe place by getting to know them first.
Feedback is crucial to you growing in words of knowledge. It gives you a track record. Ask God what He is saying and then engage with people to see if your word is correct and that you are delivering the word in a helpful way. I like to ask questions like, “does that word make sense to you?” when giving words of knowledge.
Most often, clear and short prophetic words are the most effective. I’ve heard people use stylistic expressions that are inappropriate for the context, like speaking in tongues in a shopping mall while prophecying over someone. This is unbiblical and unhelpful (especially if they aren’t familiar with church culture). Find language, imagery and a posture that will help point people to Jesus.
I hope you find these tools helpful the next time you give a prophetic word.
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