God has used dreams to speak to people since the beginning of time. Dreams have foretold future events and inspired many amazing inventions.
I was super excited to do this post. Honestly, before actually gathering my thoughts, I figured my college classes and sleeping every night would suffice for the knowledge to create a great post. But I was wrong. The more I dug into dreams, the more I realized how big and amazing they are. I even called a Rabbi to see if there are interesting nuances on dreaming in the Hebrew language. I started getting lost in all the wonderful information I was learning. I can’t cover all of it here, so be sure to spend some time learning about dreams after reading this post.
For now, I’m going to focus on one important question: How can we hear from God while we sleep?
God has spoken to me a lot through dreams. And I would love to share two things I’ve learned (from personal experience and Scripture) on how to invite God into your dreams.
Also, I highly encouraged you to watch the video before you continue reading . . .
Before you fall asleep tonight simply ask God to speak to you. This may seem too easy, but it’s very powerful. You don’t need to have some special gifting to hear from God—you just need to ask.
Also, don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a crazy prophetic dream or hear from God right away. The fact that you’ve invited God to be with you as you dream is massively important. I don’t have many prophetic dreams, but at least my nights are set apart for God.
Decompress Your Day
What I mean when I say “decompress your day” is to spend contemplative time with God. As I mentioned in the video, a great example of this is found in Daniel.
Daniel was a man who was distinguished above everyone else in the kingdom of Babylon. He was so wise that King Nebuchadnezzar made him a ruler of the kingdom, second only to himself. The reason Daniel got to this position was that he was able to understand dreams. He deciphered multiple dreams for the king and sometimes without the king even telling him what he dreamed. But Daniel was only able to understand these dreams because he was spending time with God daily.
Just like Daniel, we need to spend time with God, which positions us to understand our dreams. So dedicate time each night to decompress through prayer and getting into God’s Word.
Tip: I did a post on my nighttime routines and how I decompress and focus my mind (post 017). So if you need more help with this step, make sure to check that out.
You’ve probably already guessed this week’s action step. Simply ask God to speak to you as you sleep.
As I said at the beginning of this post, there is a lot when it comes to dreaming, and I know I didn’t answer some of your questions. In the future, I may do another post with a dream expert who I found during my research. But I believe following these two steps—asking and decompressing—will set you up to hear from God in your dreams. I’m excited to hear your stories.
If you’re interested in hearing the podcast of Rabbi Brian with Lisa Bevere, just click on the link below.