Are you the parent of a child that says things and dreams things that seem to happen? Does your child spend a lot of time alone at times in introspect, not wanting to interact socially with others or exhibiting behavior that doesn’t seem inclusive of others? Is your child naturally drawn to the things of God? Your child may be prophetic. Does your child seem harder to discipline with a myriad of emotions? Is your child sensitive to the hurt, pain, and injustices of friends, animals, or things in the world? Your child may be prophetic.
In the world that we live in today, many children may exhibit behaviors of what is considered outside of the norm and these behaviors may go misdiagnosed as depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses and the child is given medication to curve these things, when the parent just doesn’t understand that their child may be prophetic.
IDENTIFYING YOUR CHILD’S SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Children can hear the voice of God. In fact, the ears of a child may be a little more in tune with the voice of God. In the story about Samuel, God spoke to the young boy in time when the word of the Lord was not a common thing and people were not having many prophetic dreams. He spoke to the child in the midst of an elder, who could not hear the voice of the Lord.
1 Samuel 3:1-2 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
TRAIN THEM UP
Again the voice of the Lord would call out to Samuel and he would believe that it was Eli speaking, because he did not yet know the voice of God. The glory of it all, is that Samuel was in the midst of a guardian that knew God and realized that it was God that was speaking to the child and gave him instruction on how to proceed.
Prophetic children need instruction on how to receive the word of the Lord and what to do with it. They have to be taught the posture of the prophetic and how to respond to the pull of the prophetic.
A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
1 Samuel 3:8-9 Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
Eli gave instruction to Samuel so that he would not miss the word of the Lord. Eli knew that from that moment Samuel was prophetic.
1 Samuel 3:17 “What was it that he said to you?” Eli asked. And as Samuel grew up the Lord was with him.
This is an important point that prophetic parents must understand, God is with our children. They will continue to grow and God will be with them. He has purpose for their lives. We have to continue to guide them, instruct them, and teach them to always be in a posture to receive the voice of God. Samuel also was taught to give the word of God, no matter who it may hurt or offend. The word he was given was for Eli!
In the last days God said that he would pour out his spirit upon all flesh and your sons and daughters would prophesy (Acts 2:17). We all know that we are definitely in the last days. We must embrace that fact that our sons and our daughters will prophesy too. We are not the last prophetic generation. If you feel that your child may be prophetic, it is important that the right counsel is available for your child. If you are not spiritual or do not have a relationship with God, it is also equally important that you become knowledgeable in the things of God so that you know how to train up your child.