Prophetic Minstrel

“And Elisha said…But now bring me a minstrel and it came to pass, when the minstrel played, the hand of the Lord came upon he…And he said, Thus saith the Lord… “ (2 Kings 3:14-16)

Minstrel is another name for musician.  As the musician played it stirred Elisha and he started to prophesy. What ignites your prophetic flow? I’ve noticed certain types of music can stir or activate one’s anointing, thus, maximizing the prophetic flow. I have noticed over the years when a musician plays a certain sound it stirs and activate the prophetic flow and  releases spontaneous, songs, worship, praise and even warfare beats.

Music is an instrumental sound with rhythm, melody and harmony.  Music was used to make merry the celebration of the prodigal son returning home. (Luke 15:25) Celebrate victories; Miriam and other women sang, danced, and played timbrel when the Israelites escaped the Egyptians. Ex. 15:20. Music calms the soul. King David was called to soothe Saul with music (1 Sam. 16:16-23).

Music and singing is an excellent tool for releasing the prophetic word of the Lord and His power. You might begin by speaking in your heavenly language, even though you don’t understand it; creating a harmony in spirit, soul and body, which releases the anointing power of God. Music has the ability to take your mind and emotions and will and bring them to flow together at the same time creating unity.

Your whole spirit, soul and body begin to vibrate with the very power of God when His glory begins to fall upon you.

Worship: Hearts Connecting To God

…let us come before His presence with thanksgiving and enter into His courts with praise (Ps. 100).
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker” (Ps. 95:6).

The definition of worship in Hebrew is “Shachah” meaning to prostrate, to bow or fall down in submission as to pay homage.  Worship is not about how the presence of God falls on you nor is it about how wonderful you can sing or pray it’s not about impressing others. Worship is about our spirit  connecting to the heart of God and  hearing what He has to say. Worship is about being truthful and bowing in submission before God. “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (John 4:23, 24).

The Father is seeking believers who will worship from their born-again spirit instead of an intellectual knowing. Intercession should begin with a heart filled with praise and thanksgiving. When we praise God, it leads us to a place of worship. According to the Americana International Encyclopedia, worship is defined as “giving honor to a divine God, to acknowledge Him worthiness.” It is words addressed to Him, either said or sung, to acknowledge His acts and greatness.

The Stirring of Worship
Worship is a stirring in your spirit where you begin to feel His presence and find yourself seated in the throne room of Heaven; a place where you are no longer concerned about your surroundings but basking in the Almighty’s presence.

  • Worship is a conversation between you and God.
  • Worship is the heart expression of love, praise and adoration to God and acknowledging his Lordship and supremacy.
  • Worship is an act of worship, reverence, honor expressed to a Holy God.
  • Worship is unashamed pouring out of our inner self unto your Lord.
  • Worship is obedience.  Worship is the ability to magnify God with your whole being, spirit, soul and body. True worship will always bring our heart closer to God.

Worship is the place where new songs, ideas, plans, vision, dreams and inventions are birthed. I call it dwelling in the secret place with God.

Worship and music calms trouble emotions, 2 Kings, Psalm 24:7 says, Lift up your hands, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. What are these gates? It’s the gates our heart, mind, will, soul and emotion. If we would lift off those ancient gates that barricade our hearts, the King of glory would come in and rest with us.

It’s sad to say, but we are living in a time where many are trying to worship the Father, without being connected to Him. God is a Spirit. No one is able to truly worship God in Spirit without being born of His Spirit. Jesus said, “…except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit” (John 3:4-6).

Jesus said that which is born of the flesh (human birth) will produce fleshly results. The flesh will never connect with the Spirit of God without being born anew, at best we’ll only produce fleshly worship exciting the emotions of man, but not producing any spiritual. Flesh and spirit is like trying to mix oil and water; no matter how you stir the two they will never come together. Jesus explained to Nicodemus, one must be born again in order to communicate with God. In the natural realm we communicate through our five senses—tasting, smelling, touching, seeing and hearing.

Therefore, in order to worship and fellowship with God a person must possess God’s nature. He is a Spirit (John 4:24). Your  spirit must be born again before you can connect with God. How can you become born from above and enter into true worship? You must repent of your sins, confess and acknowledge that you are a sinner, ask for His forgiveness and then invite Him into your heart to live forever.

What Is Meant By Prophetic Worship?

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker” (Ps. 95:6).

What does it mean to move prophetic in worship? It means to move with an awareness of the desire and leading of the Holy Spirit to discern the direction of the Spirit and to lead the people of God in that direction. Worship is also a way of expressing our love for God. Worship is the humbling of self and the exalting of God, which brings brokenness that is a key element of worship.

Prophetic Worship is an expression of our spirit in direct communion with our Maker; sharing and receiving from Him as well as giving Him homage, honor, and reverence for who He is.  We should not rush into God’s presence unprepared and insensitive to His majesty. When we commune with God, our spirit becomes one with Him, and we are on the same page with God. We are connected.

First Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” That gives room for the Holy Spirit. Jesus says, “…when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”  (John 16:13)

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14 NIV)

Prophetic Worship will usher one into the presence (glory) of the Lord. It will at times bring brokenness or conviction within one’s heart. Prophetic worship will prompt us to examine ourselves, revealing the true nature of our hearts so that we may see ourselves the way we really are, without hiding behind the mask. Isaiah 6:5 gives a perfect example of this. “Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

Isaiah was convicted of his mouth and his sinful condition. He saw himself as an unclean man before a Holy God. His sins were revealed, and he saw himself unworthy to be in the presence of a Holy God. Isaiah became broken and confessed he wasn’t in his proper place. So often, we find ourselves in a place that we know we should not be in. We allow our members to indulge in things that are displeasing and that we know is wrong in the site of God. “..for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.. But I say unto you, that a every idle word that men shall speak they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shall be justified and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:34-37.)

Prophetic Worship will reveal the envy, strife, greed, hatred, lust, pride, anger, evil desires, malice and a host of other things in our hearts that must be repented of. I believe when we are in the presence of God any existing unrighteousness is brought to the surface so that we can begin to deal with the issues of our hearts.

Waiting is another attribute of worship. Prophetic Worship is characterized and developed through the process of waiting upon God. We must learn to wait before our Father in prayer, reading the word and listening to His voice. True worship requires submission of the whole person—spirit, soul and body. True worship will cause us to examine ourselves, our motives and the way we respond to people and situations.  The question was asked in Psalms, “…who shall stand in his holy place (His presence)? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart…” (Ps. 24:3, 4). From this place you can petition, intercede, declare and do spiritual warfare. This is a place where your prayers can cause changes to take place on the Earth.

Should we praise Him? For the Lord is good; His loving kindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations.

Praise is always proceeding before worship. That means we should act according to Psalm 100. We should:

  1. Shout joyfully, Serve His with gladness, Come with joyful singing; Know our God who made us.
  2. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise, Give thanks and bless His name.