One of the questions we are often asked by visitors and students alike is, “How can I grow in the prophetic?”

Usually, this is followed up by solicitation for resources. In addition, they’ll want to know whether they should simply go out and practice, or whether there are certain exercises we recommend.

Then there is the request for mentors. Everyone is looking for someone who can help them go to the next level in the prophetic.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. Psalm 1:3a

If a leader is like a tree (see Daniel 4), then its main concern should be focused on being a healthy tree. Healthy trees are those whose roots go deep and thrive in a place where there is plenty of moisture. If the roots fail, the tree is doomed to failure. If there is insufficient moisture, the tree will die.

Above all, we should be concerned about grounding ourselves in the Word of God and making sure we have plenty of access to the water, the Spirit of God.

In other words, we should be planted in a healthy community where not only the prophetic is allowed to flourish, but we have a sufficient healthy grounding.

The prophetic is not first of all about giving the most accurate prophetic word or being able to dazzle others with our prophetic word of knowledge, but it is about a healthy, solid relationship with the Lord.

Many a tree has fallen because their roots were not able to hold up under strong winds or they died for lack of moisture.

In the same way prophetic oaks of righteousness will continue to produce fruit in season when they are healthy trees, year after year.

Let us not become unduly concerned with showing off our skill, but first of all, let us be examples of healthy leaders with a wholesome community. In this context all the prophetic will grow.

By Ralph Veenstra