Prophetic Word Tool

Use this quick tool to help you deliver, receive, and test a prophetic word. View as PDF→

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. —John 10:27 (NKJV)

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that we have been freely given to us by God. —1 Corinthians 2:12 (NKJV)

And it shall come to pass in the last days [last days are now], says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.And on My menservants and on My maidservants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. —Acts 2:17–18 (NKJV)

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. —1 Corinthians 14:1 (NKJV)

 How to deliver a prophetic word

  1. All words given must be given with love-based motives. (1 Corinthians 13; 1 Corinthians 14:1)

  2. The focus is the “gold” in people. Every created human being has deposits of Heaven inside of them.  Mine for the gold in people. 

  3. Word needs to encourage, strengthen (build up) and/or comfort. (1 Corinthians 14:3)

  4. Once you give the word, let it go. It is your responsibility to give the word; it is not your responsibility to ensure the word given is received. 

  5. Resist using words like, “Thus says the Lord,” or “God told me.”  Rather, “I’m still learning to hear God’s voice and I’m sensing that He may have a word for you…”

  6. Do not try to interpret the word that is given to you. Be like a FedEx agent: just deliver the package.

  7. Remind the person to test the word that you give them.  

  8. Track your words. If you give a prophetic word for something in the future, check-in with the person and see if the word landed (get the individual’s contact information).

    • If the word did not land, take ownership for the word.  The receiver may interpret it as being their fault that the word hasn’t landed, when it’s more likely that you didn’t hear quite right. Say something like, “I’m still learning to hear God’s voice and it looks like the word hasn’t landed. I apologize for that.”  

    • If the word did land, praise Jesus together and be encouraged that you are hearing the voice of God.

How to receive a prophetic word from someone

  1. Cultivate a lifestyle of intimacy with God. Camp around His presence and learn to hear what His voice sounds like. (1 Samuel 3)

  2. Regularly meditate on scripture. Knowing what God says in His Word will help you discern the word given to you.

  3. Recognize that every prophetic word given is a mix that consists of God’s words expressed through a human being. Some words are just human encouragement, which is completely fine. Don’t be discouraged by this.

  4. Record (electronically, on paper, etc.) the prophetic word—word for word—so you can pray over the prophecy and test it with the Lord.

  5. Remember that God’s timing for a prophetic word to be fulfilled is different than ours (2 Peter 3:8). “Quickly” could be 2000 years or more (Revelations 22:12–14).

  6. Generally speaking, prophetic words should be confirmation of what God has already spoken to you about.

  7. Do not make any decisions based off of one prophetic word given to you. You need to test it—confirm it in Scripture, in community, and with what God has already said to you.

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
— 1 Corinthians 14:1 (NKJV)

How to Test a prophetic word

If the prophetic word does not land or pass the tests, “flush” the word away.

Scripture Test
Is it in line with the Bible’s teaching? (2 Timothy 3:16)

Wisdom Test
Is it wise? Ask for wisdom to discern. (James 1:5–8)

Witness Test
Does the Holy Spirit give a sense of agreement in our heart? (Romans 8:16)

Will of God Test
Does this seem to fit the “good, pleasing, and perfect will of God for me/us? (Romans 12:2)

Purpose of Prophecy Test
Does this edify, exhort, and/or comfort? (1 Corinthians 14:3) 

Peace Test
Can I have the peace of Jesus as I lean into this and/or receive this? (John 14:27)