Let the Children PROPHESY!!!
Teaching and training children in the prophetic has been one of the most exciting things for me to do. Their innocence, willingness and curiosity is always a blessing to me. Children are no less capable of operating in the prophetic than adults. God desires to use our children just as much if not more than He desires to use you and me. Activating your child in the prophetic is not a difficult thing but it does take patience. When handling children you do not want to "quench their fire" and discourage them by being harsh. Give them room to grow and be prepared to answer a lot of questions. Please note that a child being able to prophesy does not indicate maturity for ministry. Children should be allowed to continue to be discipled and mature as a person. It is a blessing for children to be able to recognize the voice of the Lord but they should not be platformed. The ultimate goal is not for them to be seen but for them to have an intimate relationship with the Lord.
Listed below are 4 Keys to Activating Your Child in the Prophetic:
1. Any child desiring to prophesy should be Spirit filled because the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the prerequisite [Acts 19:6]. (Spirit Filled Children)
2. Take the time to explain and define prophecy to your child. [Simple definition: Prophecy is speaking and revealing God’s heart and will for a specific persons(s) or place(s).] Consider the age and level of maturity because sometimes simpler works best. Be sure to explain things at a level that is appropriate for your child. Just explain the basics no need to go to far in depth right away especially with younger children. It is better to let them grow in their prophetic grace and continue teaching them as they grow in order to avoid overwhelming them. Make sure they understand that prophecy should build, exhort and edify God's people and is not to be used to cause harm in any sort of way.
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. – [I Corinthians 14:3]
3. Ensure that they understand that they can PROPHESY [I Corinthians 14:31]. Many times children can be a bit fearful, bashful or just unsure but most of the time they are willing so reiterate that they CAN PROPHESY. Keep them encouraged and help them overcome any fear.
I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. [I Corinthians 14:5]
For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. [I Corinthians 14:31]
4. Activate their faith and allow them to begin to share what God is saying to them. Times of prayer and quiet times of reading the Word are great opportunities to activate your child in the prophetic. Their ability to hear can be hindered for a number of reasons. They must learn how to quiet down and take the time to receive what the Holy Spirit is releasing to their Spirit. Some children will "see" the Word of the Lord in images, visions, words etc., while others may primarily hear the Word of the Lord and this is totally normal.
Be sure to continue to build their faith and encourage them to have a desire to prophesy. It is important for them to understand the role faith plays in regards to prophecy. They must have faith and believe that God will use them to prophesy. Ultimately our level of faith can affect our prophetic abilities.
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. [I Corinthians 14:39]
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; [Romans 12:6]