Soon after I became born again in the year 2018, I began to hear the voice of the Lord both audibly and in my spirit. I used to be part of a prayer ministry that met every Sunday at a school library in Adenta, an area in Accra, Ghana. I remember during one of the meetings, the preacher was preaching and said he wanted the chapter in the Bible that says the priestly blessing. I heard a loud voice say: “Numbers chapter 6.” Without checking the Bible, I said it and the man of God responded: “You are correct.” He further commented: “Wow! You are now reading the Bible.” What I did not tell him however was that I heard the Scripture audibly in my ear.
The following week when I went to the prayer meeting, there was a woman who had joined us. As soon as I looked at her, I heard a voice say: “Monday Birthday.” I told this to my wife after the meeting and we began to look for her full name to see if she was called Adjoa (pronounced Ajua – name of a female born on Monday in the Akan tribe of Ghana) but we found nothing. Later that evening, the woman posted in the prayer ministry’s WhatsApp group page that her birthday was the next day, which was a Monday. My wife and I were shocked. We couldn’t believe it. I continued to hear the voice of the Lord especially when I woke up from sleep and mostly, I could hear Bible Scriptures which I would read and this has remained till date.
Word of knowledge is one of the spiritual giftings mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8: “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit.” What is a word of knowledge? A word of knowledge is divine knowledge or information that God gives to a man about another man or occurrence. It is mostly a true fact about a person or a thing. A word of knowledge can refer to a person’s past or present.
In the Bible, we see many occurrences where divine information was given to people. For instance, an angel told Joseph the gender of the child Mary was carrying in Matthew 1:21. “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Also in Luke 1, an angel told Mary the number of months her cousin had carried John the Baptist as well as his gender. Again in Acts 10, an angel told Cornelius the full name of Peter and where he was staying. The Holy Spirit, in that same chapter, informed Peter about the number of men who had come looking for him. God can give you supernatural information about things and people that naturally, you cannot know.
God can give you divine information through an angel, a dream, an audible voice of the Holy Spirit in your ear and also through a strong perception in the spirit. These are channels by which you can receive a word of knowledge. In first Samuel chapter 9, the Prophet Samuel told Saul, by supernatural knowledge, that the missing donkeys had been found. He knew the reason for which Saul and his servant had come to see him and the number of days that the donkeys were missing without Saul telling him. “But as for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not be anxious about them, for they have been found.” (1 Samuel 9:20)
Once you are a child of God, you can get this gift by earnestly desiring it. In 1 Corinthians 12:31, Scripture says: “But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” At this juncture, I will show you three ways in which you can develop your earnest desire to receive and function in the word of knowledge: constant reading of the Bible, the company of the prophets and prayer.
Constantly reading the Word of God can sharpen your sensitivity to know the voice of the Lord. The Bible says in John 10:27: “My sheep know my voice…” So when you constantly read the Bible, it opens your spirit to the voice of the Lord. By reading the Bible, you will get to know the vocabulary of your God so that when He speaks, you can hear Him and discern His voice.
Another way to covet this gift is to be found in the company of the prophets. Prophets generally flow strongly in the gift of the word of knowledge. When they minister in the prophetic, they share information that was given to them supernaturally by the Holy Spirit. The Bible says in 1 Samuel 10:10 that Saul began to prophesy when He was in the midst of prophets. “When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.” Pray and ask God which of His prophets He would like you to covet this gift from. You can start by watching their prophetic ministrations and attending their prophetic services.
Thirdly, prayer keeps you in tune with the Spirit. The Bible says in Jeremiah 33:3: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” In prayer, God can speak a word or reveal something to you in a flash. Therefore, be very sensitive to the Spirit anytime you are in the place of prayer.
In conclusion, I have had many profound words of knowledge and seen their consistent manifestation in my life and ministry. I remember I once went to my mother-in-law’s house and after we had prayed, I told my wife to tell my mother in law to keep an eye on her young house help who was staying with them so she doesn’t get impregnated. A few weeks later I was told she was showing signs of covid-19 and my mother in law was planning on taking her to the hospital. I advised that a pregnancy test be done as well. At the hospital the pregnancy test was conducted and indeed she was pregnant. How shocked they were! I was also shocked but I knew the voice that told me she was pregnant.
I say a prayer for you: “May you hear from the Lord!” See this short video I put together on words of knowledge in operation in my ministry.