As we prepare to activate the prophetic grace and gifts upon our lives, we will need to lay down some ground rules—or prophetic protocol—for how we will deliver a word. Here are a few guidelines to begin with. You can also adapt other guidelines as you discover what is appropriate within your own culture or spiritual environment.
1. Be Positive
New Testament prophecy primarily centers around the ministry of encouragement, comfort, and building up another person.
Kris Vallotton, an internationally recognized prophetic trainer, says: “Look for the treasure, not the trash.” Anyone can see negative activity in another person, but it often takes true prophetic grace to see the positive. If you don’t know whether a word is encouraging or not, then try it out on yourself first and see how you would like it if someone were speaking that word over you.
2. Be Brief
A prophetic word does not have to be long to be powerful. In most cases, a single word or phrase is what will really stick in a person’s spirit. Deliver the word as clearly and concisely as you can. You do not have to explain the whole picture you see, or the process you went through in receiving the word—just deliver it. Sometimes people feel more powerful or more prophetic when they are able to speak many words. Giving a long prophetic word does not make you spiritually deep. Jesus was the master of speaking short phrases that were absolutely transformational. In many of our activation exercises, you will only have from one to five minutes to receive and deliver the prophetic word. So be prepared to be brief and try not to teach the prophetic word—just give it.
3. Be Kind
I love the words of Galatians 5:6:
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
First Corinthians chapter 13 really drives home this point: if you have amazing gifts and accuracy but don’t have love, it means nothing. Love and kindness can be expressed in a gentle, friendly vocal tone while looking someone kindly in the eyes as you deliver the word with a smiling, bright, and encouraging countenance.
Many people are afraid of prophetic ministry—it feels foreign or spooky.
Don’t add to their fears with a scrunched-up face, a fiery tone, or harsh, foreboding words. Follow the way of love as you pursue the gift of prophecy.
Kindness also refers to content. There are healthier contexts for delivering correction or direction than through a prophetic word. Correction is better shared in the context of a relational conversation. I will usually only bring correction to someone into whose life I have already made significant deposits.
I don’t want to withdraw more than I have put in and become relationally overdrawn. Directional words should also be approached with a certain amount of caution and honor. The receiver of a prophetic word can often fail to judge, process, interpret, or apply the word with the same context and intent i was delivered. For this reason, as a general rule, we do not prophesy about dates, mates, babies, or major life changes. Not because we don’t receive this information from time to time, but because it is not always loving, honoring,and wise to deliver it in a prophetic context.
4. Be Humble
When activating your prophetic grace, there will be times that you miss it or misinterpret what you are seeing. Missing it does not make you a false
prophet. A false prophet is not someone with a wrong word, but rather, it is a person with a false motive or attitude. Balaam had the right words but the
wrong motive and was called a false prophet.
If you miss it, “clean up your mess.” Apologize. Make things right any way that you can, and move on.
Be teachable. Don’t defend yourself or insist that you are right. If you are right in something you delivered, it will often be proven in time.
Be humble. You can seldom go wrong by staying low since the yoke and partnership with Jesus is humility and gentleness.
5. Be Bold
Take chances. Most people miss supernatural opportunities because what comes to them seems too natural or too simple to be special. Don’t wait to be
overpowered by God. Know that He is looking for friends, partners, and lovers who are about the Father’s business. Many prophetic impressions come as what I call “drive-bys.” It could be as
simple as a thought-picture or impression that quickly passes through your mind and spirit. It takes boldness and confidence to speak out those whispers
of the Spirit.
The intent of this book is to train you on how to hear from God and activate what you are hearing, seeing, thinking, and perceiving in the form of
prophetic words. This will never happen, however, if you allow fear, shyness, and timidity to rule. Be respectfully and reverently cautious but courageously bold.
This is a time for learning and maturing. The environment for learning needs to be a safe place of experimentation and a place of mutual good will for
exploring, discovering, and mastering the mysteries of the invisible Kingdom.
With these things in mind, we are now ready to begin—or advance—your prophetic journey. Prayerfully partner with the Holy Spirit and Christian
friends to step out in your prophetic grace. Grab your Bible, your journal, and a friend, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.
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Apostle Ojo Peter Korede