How to bring a prophetic word

First of all it is important to prophesy according to the level of faith that God has given you about the subject.

“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith.” Romans 12:6

When delivering a prophetic word, try not to add authority your words by saying ‘God says….’, ‘God is saying to you……’, ‘Thus says the Lord…..’ etc. When you do this you are claiming that the whole of what you are saying comes directly from God’s mouth. By adding these phrases you can also undermine the recipient’s right and responsibility to judge the prophetic word 1 Cor 14:29.
The only time that these expressions can be used legitimately is when quoting scripture. For example when bringing a word of freedom to someone in bondage, one can quote from scripture “God says ‘there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.’”
A better way of starting a personal prophecy is to say something like ‘I feel the Holy Spirit is giving me a picture about…..’ or ‘I have the impression that ……….’ etc.

When bringing a word try to be yourself as much as possible and speak in your normal voice. It is helpful to speak in a tone of voice and with body language that portrays accurately the meaning behind the message. Your actions will sometimes speak louder than your words!

Cartoon of a minister ranting 'If you could just grasp how tenderly the father loves you! He wants intimacy. He wants to hold pinheads like you in his arms and whisper sweetly in your ear' He then calms and says rather sheepishly 'Now who'd like to come forward for some ministry?'

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Do not be afraid to act out a prophecy.

In Acts 21:11 “A prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, ‘This is what the Holy Spirit says: “In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.”’” However, do get permission if possible prior to doing this type of thing!

After bringing a prophecy it is a good practice to ask something like ‘What does that mean to you?’ or ‘What did you get from that?’ This opens up the person to make a response, and to start the process of interpreting and judging the word of prophecy for themselves.


What happens if I get stuck?

A fireman rescues a black cat from a tree

Sometimes, when a person receives something from God, they only get the start of it. They then have to step out in faith and deliver what they have before the rest is given. If you do truly get stuck be honest and say ‘This is all I have.’ What may seem incomplete to you can make perfect sense to the recipient. Your incomplete word may well open up the situation and lead somebody else to add their part, leading to a more complete picture.

1. Introduction.
2. God is the only one who can interpret.
3. Bible is the best source.
4. Circumstances and knowledge can help.
5. Don't jump to conclusions.
6. Art or science? It'is only in part.
7. Ask for more.
8. Remembrance of the past can help.
9. How to interpret symbols correctly.
10. The importance of context
11. Don't add or subtract.
12. All prophecy must witness.
13. What if the opposite happens.
14. Dream interpretation.
15. Preparing to bring a prophecy.
16. How to bring a prophetic word.
17. Judging prophecy.
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