Your young will prophesy

young will prohesyThis post may be a bit exposing for me. For those who know me, none of what I’m about to say will surprise you. But, for those who may not know me or are in the process of getting to know me – well, let’s just say you’ll know me really well after this post.

You may shout and scream AMEN after reading this.

You may scratch your head and think I’m weird.

You may not know what to EVEN do with this.

All of that’s okay.

I love you. He loves you. And we’re in this thing together.

So, here it goes…

The Lord is doing something…in churches, in bedrooms, in closets, in retails stores. Like, He’s waking up His church. I’m struggling with the right words to use, but something is shifting spiritually. I can feel it. I’ve sensed it for a while now, and just kept quietly going about my business. But, what happened this week got my attention.

I am a mom. I’m also a preacher (eh – something like that – I don’t know what to call myself these days. Can I just say I’m a crazy Jesus lover? That sounds better) That being said, it’s no secret I can be what some may call a little fiery.

So, those two combined can be interesting.

I love my kids. Like CRAZY.

One of my faults is that I put a TON of pressure on myself as a parent. It’s something God has been working on with me for a while, and we still have a ways to go.

I am my hardest critic in the mom department. And I will be the FIRST to give you the rundown of every single failure (I know this isn’t good. God and I are working on it).

One of the things I’m known for (especially after we’ve had a hard day and I feel like I’ve completely blown it) is that I will go in the girls’ room and pray over them while they are sleeping (this is where the crazy Jesus lover piece comes in)

During those nights, God has given me some of the most amazing prophetic words to speak over them. Those prayer moments are some of the sweetest times between me and my girls…and they aren’t even awake; but I treasure them.

All that being said, my kids really have no idea how I pray over them because they are asleep when I’m usually doing it.

BUT, one of the things the Holy Spirit led me to pray over my two middle ones years ago, was that the prophetic gifting the Lord has given me would be given to them in a double portion.

I remember thinking it was kinda crazy to pray (like how much of that gift does one person actually need? Lol) But, I went with it. He had me pray that numerous times over them.

All of this leads to what happened this week.

So, I’m tucking the two of them in bed and I just felt like the Lord wanted me to pray in the spirit over them (okay, if that sentence freaks you out, it’s ok. Not everyone is comfortable with that, and I totally get it. I don’t think everyone has to speak in tongues and I don’t think you’re less of a Christian if you don’t. BUT, I also believe it’s super powerful and something that has totally transformed my prayer life. Can we still be friends?) 🙂

So, I’m praying over them quietly while stroking their hair when one of mine pops out of bed and says she HAS to pray in the spirit or she would burst.

I sat back and was like…okay, then.

So, I let her go for it.

And, people – I kid you not, she EXPLODED with the spirit of God. She sat up, laid her hands on her sister and began to pray intensely in the spirit over her.

(We don’t go to a church where this is shown. We don’t really do this in our home in front of them either. This is not something she has seen to my knowledge)

It caught me off guard, BUT, I know how to hear the Lord and I kept in tune with him the entire time. And, while she was praying I felt like He gave me the interpretation of what she had prayed.

I calmly sat back and explained what I felt the Lord wanted to say to her sister. And in the middle of what I was saying, my daughter (the now spirit filled prayer warrior) interrupts me and FINISHES WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY.


My 7 year old daughter was prophesying and saying the EXACT same things the Lord was telling me while we were praying.

I can’t even believe I just typed that sentence.

What amazed me through the entire experience was how effortless and pure it was. There were no hidden motives or agendas. No one was getting all worked up and trying to manifest some experience. It was just….gentle and peaceful. It was beautiful. Yet, extremely powerful.

There is purity in a child that you and I don’t have.

We simply don’t have it.

And when that purity collides with the power of the Holy Spirit (the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead, fell on the believers in the book of Acts, cast out demons and healed the sick) it is like nothing I’ve ever witnessed before.

A good friend of mine recently attended one of Todd White’s power and love conferences (SO JEALOUS). When she came back she had so many amazing things to tell me about, but one thing she said that stood out to me was about a 7 year old boy at the conference. This sweet little boy was (apparently) filled with the Holy Spirit. He was going around laying hands on the sick and they were all being healed. Like over and over.


My heart swelled when she told me that story.

Because after my own little encounter with my prophesying daughter, I knew the innocence and the power that the spirit can release in willing vessels. Especially in ones that aren’t hindered by the same things that grown-ups are.

(Like, What will people think? Am I crazy? Does this stuff really happen? What if I pray and it doesn’t work?)

Children don’t think that way.

And I have to believe that is why scripture says, In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams Acts 2:17

I love Jesus. And I believe the Holy Spirit is the most powerful thing on earth. I also believe I am compelled to scream (through writing or teaching or whatever God has me do) about how much we need the Holy Spirit.

Especially in the church. Especially in this culture. Especially in the generation we are in.

We can’t be afraid of it.

We can’t ignore it.

We can’t grieve it.

The tide is changing. We must pick up our weapons and fight darkness. Sometimes it’s a lonely fight. Sometimes you may feel like you’re all alone. But, believe me sisters and brothers, you’re not alone.

God is raising up His church…it just may not be the kind you are used to. It may not be the seasoned pastor who lays hands on the sick and sees them healed. It may be a 7 year old child.

For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me. Matt 18:3 (MSG)



40 thoughts on “Your young will prophesy

  1. Sounds like you’re parenting is going just fine as you got a couple of prayer warriors on your hands! God Bless! I’ve never prayed in tongues before, raised Lutheran. I suppose my faith has always been more of an intellectual experience, which is good, but I’ve been praying that I could better trust when the Lord speaks to me. I get super neurotic and tend to think it’s me instead of Him.

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  2. Great experience/word Anna! Some years ago, two of our children’s friends were over at our house. I forget now how it came about, but I ended up having them sit on our coffee table and prayed over them to receive the Holy Spirit (they were 10 & 8, and their family attended a Spirit-filled church). Anyway, the 8-year-old boy was lifted into the heavenlies by the Spirit and was in that state for 10-15 minutes or longer. He was speaking in tongues all the while. When he came back, I asked “Greg, what happened?” and with the awe of an 8 yr. old, he said, “I saw Jesus, Peter and Paul and all of them!” His 10 yr. old sister died of hepatitis that year, so she is with Jesus. We have had children in our churches (we’ve moved a few times over the years) receive prophetic words, pray over people, etc. It is so beautiful to see their “childlike” faith and lack of self-consciousness. Thank you for sharing this. And, yes, God is up to something these days….it has already started on the West & East coasts. Continued blessings upon you and yours

    Genie Brown (a relatively new follower of yours)

    On Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 4:31 PM, just a jesus follower wrote:

    > Anna McCarthy posted: “This post may be a bit exposing for me. For those > who know me, none of what I’m about to say will surprise you. But, for > those who may not know me or are in the process of getting to know me – > well, let’s just say you’ll know me really well after this pos” >

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    • This is my first time reading anything here, and I am totally with you on this one. So many of my Christian friends have the feeling of being stirred up. As for the “speaking in tongues” that is something so wonderful and I’m in awe every time it happens to me. Keep up the nice readings for us.

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  3. Your story is beautiful and powerful. But, I must confess church membership is on the decline in our country. As a Christian, I see part of the reason as some churches being less inclusive and they are becoming self fulfilling prophesies of declining membership. I am a huge believer in a big tent God – everyone is welcome. When any religion is inclusive it is at its absolute finest; when it excludes it is at its absolute worst. Your blog is helping to spread a word of welcome. I applaud your taking us down that path. Bless you on your efforts. Keith

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  4. Anna, Thanks for your courageous post. I wish it didn’t take courage to share something so beautiful, but in our culture, it does. I said, “YES AND AMEN!” several times while reading. I think we will be seeing and hearing more and more testimonies such as yours. Blessings to you and your family. Keep shining that light, sister!

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  5. Hello Anna. I just started following your blog a month ago. I’ve enjoyed your posts. This particular one is wonderful. I am the grandmother of a 5 year old born again, water baptized boy, who has recently been talking a lot about being baptized in the Holy Spirit. My son in-law is a pastor, our whole family are christians, and my daughter and son in-law were reading the bible every night to Alex when he was still in the womb. I love the wondrous way that the Lord moves through children. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. I have three blogs. You might be interested in taking a look at “The Salt Shack” at Blessings, Debbie


  6. Yes, yes, yes! God has ordained praise from the mouths of babes to silence the avenger’s claims. They are so powerful in the spirit! Have you read Children and the Supernatural by Jennifer Toledo? I finished it in a day – you would love it. The stories are incredible.


  7. I love this! It was super encouraging to me. As a mom of four, I’ve let myself get caught up in the busyness of life and have slacked in one of my most influential responsibilities and privileges…praying over my children. It’s the best feeling ever when you get to see Jesus reflected in their hearts. God has given my daughter visions and prophesies for our family, and I’ve seen my son literally weeping during communion out of gratitude for Jesus’ sacrifice for him. It’s so important to encourage them to engage in a passionate relationship with the Creator of the Universe and live a life of boldness for Christ. We must never underestimate the power of our prayers over them!


  8. Beautifully eye-opening way to begin my day. Thank you for the good Word and blessing! I’ll be praying for you and your girls!!


  9. A mind blowing experience, fer sher! God will use whom He will at the time of His choosing – and a child will trust and obey.


  10. This is an amazing testimony. I too feel the atmosphere is shifting. The Holy Spirit is drawing people like never before. He will work through Anyone who is yielded. God bless you for your faithfulness to pray over your children. You are seeing the fruit of that.


  11. Anna, I don’t think your weird at all. I love this so much. Sharing this with all of us, is very encouraging to me as I am waiting on direction from the Lord. Thank you so very much, for being real.


  12. I have felt this for quite a while, that God is calling us to throw off all unimportant worldly things, which, if you think about it are all unimportant. We must get back to the beginning and the love we felt for him then. Filter all thoughts through Jesus. Thank you so much for this post.


  13. Yay!! I love it when this happens!! I want to thank you for allowing your little girl to do this. Thank you for not shutting it down in her. Thank you for your obedience 😄 you are amazing and keep on going and sharing with this journey!!


  14. I LOVE THIS!! Thank you so much for sharing and please NEVER hesitate to put it out there! You speak the Truth and it’s very, very powerful. The world needs the Truth!! God Bless you and your beautiful, precious children!


  15. This was exactly what I needed to hear and it has increased my faith. Thank you for writing this. God spoke to me through this testimony!


  16. Yes, HE IS!!!! Oh, wow, I hear this!

    I am so glad I found you again, friend. I’ve been diving into some of this and just in awe of how things are syncing up with believers all over. I’ve missed you! 🙂

    Praying for you always.


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