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I was intrigued by the gift of prophecy starting when I was a young girl. I didn’t see it in action very often, but I knew it existed, that it was in the Bible, and that it was pretty cool.
What I didn’t realize then is that anyone can prophesy and God speaks to everyone.
Once I became aware of these two key principles, I wanted to grow in the gift of prophecy but I didn’t know how. I had reached a point where I knew I was hearing from God, but I didn’t feel like I was hearing from God for others.
I had no idea how or where to get training in this area. Eventually I came across Truth to Table’s Prophetic Personalities course, read a few books on prophecy, and ultimately I went to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry.
When I got to BSSM, I was surprised how little instruction we actually received when it came to prophesying. Instead, we were given opportunities to simply go for it and take risks, learning from our mistakes in a safe environment with our classmates and leaders. There were times I got it wrong, and there were times I got it right.
Around this same time, someone recommended Dan McCollam’s book Basic Training for Prophetic Activation to me. I found this book to be a great tool for activating the gift of prophecy. It gives you starting points that you can then run with. Some of the following ideas came from this book; others I’ve picked up elsewhere or dreamed up myself.
Here are a few exercises to get the prophetic flow going:
Remember that any word you give should be a source of edification, exhortation, or comfort. This isn’t an opportunity to condemn people or air their dirty laundry. It’s an opportunity to give them a love letter from their Heavenly Father. Get in tune with his heart for people, and the words will start to flow, because he is always speaking!
But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.1 Corinthians 14:3 NKJV