Training the Prophetic

Lukas Maina of Eldoret, Kenya

“Do not neglect your gift… Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” (1 Tim 4:14-15)

If you have the spiritual gift of prophecy, receiving prophetic training is one way in which you can develop your gift. No spiritual gifts, even revelatory gifts such as discernment and prophecy, come mature and fully developed. We have a responsibility to steward the gifts God has given to us, from the time we recognize that we have them.

Training and mentoring is a Biblical concept. In the Old Testament, Elijah and Elisha had groups of prophets that looked to them for leadership (2 Kings 2:5-7, 2 Kings 4:1 & 4:38). In the New Testament, we learn that God has given leaders to the Church to help equip people for ministry and bring the Church Body to maturity (Eph 4:11-13). Jesus trained His disciples, who in turn trained other leaders to do the work of ministry.

7 Reasons for Prophetic Training:

1. Training Develops Your Unique Prophetic Gift:
The purpose of training is connecting your skill level with your gift and ministry development. Training is an intensive, focused way in which you can grow your prophetic gift and take the next steps forward in your prophetic ministry. Good prophetic training will not limit, but rather enlarge your capacity to hear the voice of God and provide tools for ongoing growth.

2. Training Accesses the Experience and Knowledge of Others:
Prophetic training will give you knowledge and instruction on a broader base of experience than just your own. Along with this, training should teach you how to apply what you have learned with wisdom. The best teachers are those who are not afraid to share their own experiences… even failures make great teaching material. It is wiser to learn from other people’s mistakes than make your own!

3. Training Enables Instruction from Mature Leaders: 
When you receive prophetic training, you are learning from instructors who are gifted and experienced in your area of ministry. They have a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience to impart to you. And they carry authority in their sphere of expertise. Each of us struggle with our blind spots… in other words, we don’t know what we don’t know! Training is an opportunity to have others who are further along in the journey speak into our lives, broaden our perception and teach us new insights about our prophetic gifts.

4. Training Provides an Environment for Practice:
Your prophetic gift is sharpened through being put to use. Training should provide a safe environment in which you can practice using your gift among other people who are on the same journey. A good teacher will coach you, encourage you to prophesy and provide advice on how you can become more accurate at using your prophetic gift.

5. Training Provides Opportunities to Fail and Get Feedback:
Feedback is vital to growth, and training should take this into account. Training is not meant to be a comfortable process. One Hebrew word for training means “to goad!” (1 Chron 25:6-7). Training requires personal discipline and discomfort. It also calls us to be open to direction and correction from those who are training and leading us. In a training environment, we should be assured that we are in a safe place to give and receive feedback, as we practice using our prophetic gifts.

6. Training Maintains a Fresh Anointing for Ministry:
Training can help us recognize and release old or incorrect paradigms and styles of prophetic ministry. Training is a great way to bring unity into a ministry team, as those trained receive the same instruction and are grounded in the same values together. Some values that should be present in prophetic training are: the Bible, prayer, praise and worship, a balanced approach, prophecy that reflects Jesus’ character, humility, accountability, natural expression and participation in a local fellowship.

7. Training Provides Community with Like-Minded People:
Training brings you into contact with people who are on the same journey as you. You can encourage each other, share ideas and experiences and provide a safe place to practice together. It is good to attend sessions that directly relate to your gift. However, it will also benefit you to attend any sessions your own church runs on leadership, ministry and Bible teaching. This is because the outworking of your gift is going to be unique to the flavor, vision and values of your church.

Remind yourself that the Holy Spirit distributes the gifts to each one individually as He wills… “for the profit of all!” (1 Cor. 12:7 & 11)

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