How to Steward your Prophetic Words


How many of you have received more prophetic words than have been fulfilled? How many of you have had an amazing encounter with the Father but don’t know how to move into what you feel He’s called you to? I’ll be the first one to admit that I’ve been in this same season of frustration and process many times. Today I feel in my heart to encourage you in your process and give you some practical ways to steward your prophetic words.



When a prophetic word is spoken over you, the tension that you are now living in is that you have an impartation and a prophecy. What many of us misunderstand or are unaware of is that there is a process that follows. This process is sometimes frustrating unless you understand that frequently, impartation and prophecy come in a seed format. When God speaks something, it becomes a seed in the soil of your heart.

In Mark 4:13, Jesus explains the parable of the sower. In the story, a sower sows seed; some seed falls on the path (way side), on rocky ground and among thorns, and it is lost, but when it falls on good earth it grows, yielding thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold. Jesus is talking about the physical act of sowing seeds but also the spiritual aspect of sowing seeds in the soil of your heart. Jesus practically states that if you miss this parable then you will miss all other parables, because all kingdom matters are matters of the heart. So, in order to change the soil of your heart, you first need to know that all the best of who you are will only be found in him. Instead of doing, just be.

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The process after you have received a word, like we’ve talked about can be frustrating. I’m going to give you a new way of thinking about this process that will help you tackle your frustration. Most of the time when we receive a prophetic word, if it isn’t super clear we don’t understand it. When we don’t understand it, we don’t know how to value you it. If we do not know how to value the word, then we don’t know how to steward the word. Then the word falls to the way side and doesn’t produce any fruit. Yet, if we readjust our understanding then we are one step closer to walking in the word spoken over our lives. Consider these readjustments.

  1. What you understand you will know how to value. Ask the Lord for understanding, and wisdom to get the fullness of His promise.
  2. If you know how to value, you will know how to steward. (1 Corinthians 9:17)
  3. If you know how to steward, then you will be able to multiply. I heard it said once “we teach what we know, but we reproduce what we are.” When you steward the word, it becomes apart of you.
  4. What we multiply, we now have authority over.

I hope these four points, help you to better walk through the process with more grace and less frustration. Remember that the process takes time. That’s why it’s called a process! You have the time of becoming impregnated with the word, being pregnant with the word, and then the moment of the word coming to fruition and being birthed.



Here are some practical tips that may be helpful and give you courage as you walk through your own journey of stewarding a prophetic word.

  • Soak (spend time with Him).
  • Transcribe the word. I find it helpful to write down the word in a journal or a note on your phone that you way you can access and remind yourself.
  • Get opinions. I always bounce things off of about 5 different people with different callings who I trust.
  • Make ready, and make room. When I received a word that I would be ministering to the nations, I went out and got a second passport. I practically made myself ready for the word to come into action. This may look differently for each individual case, but make sure you are READY.
  • The word may evolve differently over time but always reproduce the word God has given you.



I hope that this encourages you as your process what God is speaking to you today! Remember, there is a process but God is faithful and will see His word come to completion.

How have you stewarded the words God has given you? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!