Four Keys to Improving Your Prophetic Gift
Do you have a prophetic gift? Have you ever felt led by the Holy Spirit to speak a word of prophecy over another person? Have you ever wanted to increase your anointing as you give a word from God to someone? Do you want to improve your gift?
Key 1: Love
The best key to becoming an effective witness and bringing strong and impacting words to other people is demonstrating your love for people. Any person can have a gift of prophecy and operate in that gift, but the release of power and the depth of the gift as you share it with others is closely linked to the love that the prophetic person has for others.
When you don’t have love for people, you will fear stepping out and giving accurate but risky words of knowledge that are very specific to a person. However, when you have the love of the Lord Jesus in your heart for people, then you will not allow the fear of getting it wrong stop you, and you will step out and prophesy even when your words sound weird.
I heard Shawn Bolz share that he was with a skeptical businessman for dinner who didn’t believe in God. Shawn asked God for a specific word for him and then started to recite a twenty-digit number that was made up of numbers and letters and all sorts of characters. The man stopped him half-way through the recitation and asked him how he knew the number. It was the entrepreneur’s private business account number that only he and his lawyer knew. This man’s wife did not even know the number.
Shawn told the man that God had told him that number, and he didn’t realize the significance of it. The man believed in God from that day.
Key 2: Compassion
Many people are saved but not all of them carry the compassion of the Lord Jesus with them. Your love and compassion will cause you to prophesy to a stranger that you meet as you conduct your business each week. When the Lord gives me a word for a stranger, love and compassion for the person allows me to walk up to them, interrupt their conversation and share a prophetic word.
Jesus had a lot of compassion for people, and because of that, he ministered to many more people than a normal person would minister to. To grow in anointing and power, you need to grow in your compassion for people.
Key 3: Practice
Shawn Bolz has an amazing gift of word of knowledge, yet the gift does not remain dormant. Every time he ministers, he reaches out with very specific words of knowledge that he has been given from the Lord when he spent hours before the Lord.
Shawn does not rest on his laurels and his reputation. He regularly releases very risky words of knowledge when he ministers, and he trusts that the words of knowledge are about someone in the audience.
Personally, I have given about 20,000 prophetic words – 10,000 to non-Christian strangers and about 10,000 to Christians. Every time I prepare to give a recorded nine-minute prophecy for a person via my website, I become a little nervous with the weight of responsibility.
If I hear a verse when I prophesy, I share the verse, and I am often told that the verse is their favorite verse or a key verse in their life. God uses me regularly with words of knowledge that build trust in others. You can only become skilled at releasing words of knowledge with plenty of practice.
Key 4: Impartation
I would not be telling you the truth if I shared that impartation does not play a role in the strength of your gift. You can receive the mantle of another prophet via the gift of impartation as well. If you move in the prophetic and whenever you have the opportunity for a prophet to pray for you, you should be bold enough to ask for an impartation.
I hope this article has helped you.