Around the globe, I have taken an unofficial survey. I often ask the attendees, “What does the Holy Spirit do? What makes up the ministry of the Holy Spirit?”
I always get great answers such as the Holy Spirit is the gift giver, sanctifier, bears fruit, brings conviction, speaks to us, intercedes through the believer, magnifies Jesus, releases dreams and visions and so much more.
But one answer I have never heard from anyone anywhere.
The Holy Spirit Listens!
One of the ongoing activities of the Holy Spirit is listening and then communicating.
In prophetic intercession, the Spirit of God pleads the covenant promises made throughout history to be enacted in our day.
This inspired form of intercession is the urge to pray, given by the Holy Spirit, for a situation or circumstance about which you may have little natural knowledge. But you are praying the prayer request that is on the heart of God.
As much as any time in history, it is time for believers in Jesus to take up the call to pray what is in the heart of God to be enacted for this generation!
How Does Prophetic Intercession Work?
I believe we are entering an apostolic era when heavens are going to break wide open over cities. There will be teaching, revelation, expression and experiencing of this on a scale unseen at least since New Testament days, if ever. Homes, families, congregations, parks, hospitals, city halls—all will become “ground zero” for open-heaven manifestations.
I have faith for this divine realm to be extended over entire regions for protracted periods of time.
From all my years traveling in many nations and helping to light fires in many places, and having interviewed and walked with many “fire starters,” I have learned one very important principle:
Before there is ever an open heaven over a congregation or a city or a nation, there first is an open heaven over a person.
What kind of person might have heaven open above them? It is someone who becomes radically undone in the Lord, someone who is absolutely “wasted” on Jesus. Whenever heaven opens over an individual, they carry that open heaven with them wherever they go and become climate-changers. They become history-makers.
God is looking for candidates in this generation who will be seated with Christ in the heavenly places and call forth God’s destiny and design into the earthly realm. It has happened before in all historic awakenings. I am talking about ordinary folks who surrendered to an extraordinary God.
Will You Open the Door for Your City?
Dreams are known as “the sleep language,” and since the time of creation God has brought divine revelation to mortal men and women while they are sleeping. Scripture even calls a prophet a “dreamer of dreams” (see Deut. 13:1; Num. 12:6).
Many Christians hold the mistaken impression that prophetic dream encounters are reserved for a small, elite group of especially sensitive or gifted people. But this simply is not the case.
I can testify personally that God has communicated and ministered to me in amazing ways through dreams.
For example, the Lord has used dreams to heal my emotions and give power to my personal ministry. Through dreams, the Holy Spirit enhanced my ability to open my eyes of faith and see myself as God does. Also through dreams is where I first began to carry the “burden of the Lord” of prophetic intercession in compassion for others.
Recently, there has been a stirring controversy over the issues of women in ministry and leadership roles.
I am rather shocked at some of these views resurfacing and even grabbing our attention as they have. Putting down women and calling out premier leaders such as Beth Moore, Paula White Cain and others is just plain not right.
We are each accountable for the light we have. And to be honest, I was once in that narrow camp myself.
We are each on a pilgrimage and I have been on mine. Since the recent negative articles and statements have been released, the Holy Spirit has arrested my attention and reminded me of my journey in the faith as being the co-founder of Women on the Frontlines with my late wife, Michal Ann Goll.
So, I feel I should step to the plate and help undo some of the harm that has occurred as of late.
Releasing Value and Worth
A strategic new governmental prayer movement is beginning called One Voice Prayer Movement, chaired by Paula White Cain, Todd Lamphere, Dave Kubal and Jon & Jolene Hamill. Others such as Mike and Cindy Jacobs, Dutch Sheets and myself help to comprise the core team for this valiant new effort.
In June while ministering in Miami at King Jesus Ministries, I proclaimed that soon there would be the beginning of the greatest governmental prayer movement in the history of the United States—and possibly be a model for governments of the nations. I had been given dreams at the beginning of 2019 where I saw that a united prayer force would converge to intercede for all three branches of government and eventually cover in prayer every cabinet member. I waited for the right location and time and released this prophetic word in June at Apostle Maldonado’s School of the Supernatural.
Let’s Make History Together
Early in the modern prophetic movement in 1988, I remember learning the importance of the three-stage process of properly handling revelation. These three basic but essential principles each build upon one another: (1) revelation; (2) interpretation and (3) proper application.
Without discovering that framework, we might have continued to take every word literally, never realizing that God might sometimes speak in symbolic language. These three principles have become vital building blocks for understanding the prophetic.
We also learned there is a trifold nature of the prophetic. It is: 1) partial; 2) progressive and 3) conditional. So, let me build on these foundational principles with some additional understanding to unpack the anatomy of a prophetic word.
In today’s global society we continue to see an increase of violence, rampant shootings, riots, tumultuous weather patterns, racial strife, instability in North Korea, chaos in Syria and the Middle East, Russia’s re-emergence, and wars and rumors of wars (Matt. 24:3-14).
How are we to respond in these perilous times? (2 Tim. 3:1). These events leave us with a simple choice that we must make. This one question must be answered: Will we respond in fear or faith?
In a time of confusion, strife and fierce anti-Semitism, the stateswoman Corrie Ten Boom declared, “There is no panic in heaven! God has no problems, only plans.”
If the church is pushing the panic button instead of faith, trust, prayer and confidence toward God, what do we expect the world to look like? Rather, we must create a culture of faith instead of fear!
What Time Is It?
Often at the head of the new Hebrew year, the Holy Spirit speaks concerning things to come. As I have prayed and sought the face of God, I have been given a series of revelations concerning the new era we have entered as of 5780 and beyond. In this period, we are not just crossing from one year to the next, but from one era or decade to the next.
I have chosen the title “8 Proclamations for 5780 & Beyond.” Let me unpack this one phrase at a time. The number 8, of course, is the number of a new beginning. The number 5 is the number of grace and 7 is the number of completion. So, by grace we are completing past assignments and we are moving into a new decade in the kingdom of God. We are crossing over from one side of the river where promises are revealed to the other side where promises are manifested.
I agree with others that we are shifting from an emphasis of the “Year of the Eye” to the “Year of the Mouth.” But since my expertise is not in Hebrew numeric symbolic interpretation, I feel safer to stay in my lane of prophetic teaching, encounter and revelation. With that in mind, here are the proclamations I have been granted.
Proclaim for All to Hear
Praying in the Spirit activates the grace of God to pray perfect prayers in any situation. These prayers go beyond our own agendas and beyond our rational understanding.
When we pray in the Spirit, divine insight enlightens our hearts so that we can hit the mark when we pray.
Praying in the Spirit With Eager Expectation
We prophetic people come in all shapes and sizes, and our upbringing and personal experiences vary widely. But in my view, many of us tend to be more sensitive by nature, which may make us better prophets, but which may also make any form of rejection more painful.
What do I mean by rejection? Part of rejection is not feeling understood or valued and therefore being unwanted. Rejection makes you feel excluded, not part of the group, as if you are on the outside looking in. You so much want people to love you, and you are dismayed repeatedly when they do not even seem to care.
In my own family growing up, I suffered much verbal abuse from my father. God made it right at the end of my dad’s life, but in the meantime, I had to learn how to walk in forgiveness and how to conduct myself as a son to God as my perfect Father. I had to learn not to fear retribution. My heavenly Father loves me simply because He had made me. I am His; He said my name was inscribed on the palms of His hands (see Isa. 49:15-16). This is true for you as well.
God’s healing touch manifested itself over time, sometimes in dramatic ways and sometimes through my concerted effort to establish His truth in my heart. I learned (and I’m still learning) how to trust Him all the way, all the time.
Rejection: Signs and Causes
Prophecy is for everyone. It is difficult to convey this concept enough in our world of superstars—both in the church and outside it.
But Scripture is clear—every believer is prophetic, and every believer can prophesy (see Num. 11:29 and Acts 2:16-18).
So whether you have prophesied for years or are just getting started, here are 10 practical guidelines that will help you grow in prophecy and keep your gift solidly grounded.
10 Practical Ways to Help You Prophesy
Wisdom is invaluable for any believer and all the more when exercising your prophetic gift. We need all the wisdom we can get, particularly when we are handling words of revelation in these perilous and controversial days.
The following prophetic wisdom lessons from my years in prophetic ministry will help you discern what to do and what not to do as you grow in your prophetic gift.
What Not to Do
Testing the spirits deals with all three aspects of discernment: revelation, interpretation and application, although a different kind of spiritual filter needs to be applied to each aspect.
I might pick up a revelation accurately only to interpret it incorrectly. Or I might get a revelation and its interpretation right, only to get stuck on the application (what I am supposed to do with that information?).
For example, let’s say I get a revelation about a political situation, but it happens to touch on a sensitive area in my own experience. If I have hung on to bitterness, for example, my revelation will be tainted by my bitter opinion, which will render my revelation worthless to the kingdom of God.
I need to be mindful of the influences that may come to bear on my thoughts and prayers, and especially on the way I communicate. As I test the spirits around me, I need to include my own spirit, continually consulting with the Holy Spirit for guidance as to what to do.
I am firmly convinced that the current prophetic empowering is intended for the many, for the rank and file “ordinary” members of the body of Christ, not just the few, the prophetic “superstars.”
Successive waves of God’s Spirit will continue to unfold until Christ’s church has been saturated with the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him (see Eph. 1:17).
Our Father God will not let up until His people are filled with the revelation of the loveliness of His Son.
If that sounds inviting, you will know it’s for you!
Moses came into this understanding in his day. The pressures on this anointed man were tremendous as he tried to lead his complaining people into the promised land.
I was sitting on a plane, and I had about 20 text messages come through, each one a more important testimony or story than the last about how different friends had encountered actual prophets in our day who gave them prophetic words.
These words all had stories attached, and each prophet had brought different people into a place of great authority and connection in their sphere of society. Each one was a testimony of how the prophet had affected their life and how the outcome was forever different because of the word they had received.
I was so excited because it wasn’t just spiritual encouragement. I heard them talking about different men and women whom God is raising up or has raised up as prophets and how prophets are alive and well in our time.
I then heard clearly in my spirit that God is restoring the dignity of prophets in our time.
Who Are Prophets, Anyway?
Many prophets, intercessors and key leaders across the global body of Christ all agree that we are in a critical time which the prophet Joel declared, “Multitudes [are] in the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14, YLT)
Could it be that there are multitudes of individuals who are in such a pivotal, strategic time, but also that the destiny of entire nations are also in a valley of decision? We (James W. Goll and Johnathan Stidham) believe this is the case. We believe many of you reading this article will be in agreement as well.
Jesus said, “For where two or three agree together, I am in your midst” (see Matt. 18:19). The Word of God also declares that, “One can chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight” (Deut. 32:30a, MEV). Yes, we are better together.
Prayers that Strike the Mark are guided by and endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish the will and the Word of God.
As faithful prayer warriors align with God’s heart, they focus on “prayer targets,” under the direction of the Holy Spirit, in order to partner with Jesus in prayer that results in victory and breakthrough.
Such prayer warriors, relentlessly reminding God of His Word, call forth heavenly intervention so that the earth will one day be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.
Prayer Precedes God’s Promises
esus has come to heal the inside as well as the outside! In my walk with the Lord since childhood and having been in full-time vocational ministry for over 45 years, I found that one of the most common needs among believers and non-believers alike is the need for inner healing. I have needed Jesus to heal my wounded spirit and broken heart in different seasons of my life. I am sure that you can relate.
Scripture often uses the terms “heart” and “spirit” interchangeably. One thing for sure; we each need to tend to the condition of our heart, because out of it flow the issues of life. Let’s get healed up on the inside now so we will not blow up later when pressures of life increase. So go on a journey with me into this sensitive and greatly needed subject of healing the wounded spirit.
Primary Scriptures to Consider:
As watchmen and prophetic intercessors, our assignment is to scan the horizon for potential dangers, loudly and clearly proclaiming the authority of God.
This was brought home forcefully to me one day when I was alone, waiting quietly upon the Lord. The voice of the Holy Spirit came to me, saying, “It is time to make a worldwide impact by calling forth the watchmen to the prophetic power of proclamation.”
“The prophetic power of proclamation”—for me this was like the final piece of a puzzle, and from that point forward, I began ministering out of a higher vision.