What to Do With Bad Dreams?

What to Do With Bad Dreams?

Do you have weird dreams? What do you do with them?

God has been speaking  to his children through dreams from the beginning (the Genesis). What should we know about dreams today?

I am not an expert dream interpreter but I want to share a practical way to deal with bad dreams. It’s not magic, it’s not a secret but unfortunately in today’s world fewer and fewer Christians know about/use it.

God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. (Eph. 6: 10-12, MSG)

First of all we need to know that life is not a game. Life is a serious battle in your soul and you need to be prepared to deal with it. God has given us everything we need to be victorious, including dreams.

Last night I had an adventure dream where I was urged to give up my children to a group of people for safe-keeping while I’d compact the wilderness without -as they said- the burden of dragging the kids with me. I felt bewildered. I felt they tried to steal my children. So I ended up fighting against this evil group of people but was able to stay together with my family. When I woke up I still felt anxious about the matter. What did I do? I prayed.

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (Eph. 6: 13-18, MSG)

Prayer makes all the difference. Prayer is our secret, indispensable weapon in this world. When we pray we are safely in the will of God. I gave the dream to God, prayed for protection for our children, wisdom to understand anything that I needed to know about the dream, guidance to make right decisions in my life. When I finished the prayer I felt peace. This matter, too, was now in God’s hands. I was free like any child of God should be.

So don’t be afraid of your dreams. Sometimes they can be scary. You might be warned against something. Pray. You might dream about a friend or acquaintance. Pray. You don’t need to know why you needed to pray for him/her, just pray. God speaks to us in dreams. Our responsibility is to bring them to God in prayer and ask for guidance, protection, interpretation.

Prayer is far more powerful than we can imagine. Prayer is essential in the ongoing warfare in our lives. But with prayer -and all the other spiritual weapons available for us- we are prepared to live boldly and joyfully. God is with us. Who can be against us?

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for being almighty, sovereign.
Thank you for loving us and protecting us.
Thank you for the gift of prayer.
Show us how to use it for all it can be for us.
Equip us to be victorious.
Strengthen us for your service.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you had any interesting dreams lately? How do you interpret your dreams? How do you deal with them?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you boldly continue your faith journey securely in Christ!

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