What to do with a prophetic dreamYou wake up from a vivid dream that you believe had a significant or spiritual meaning. What do you do with it?

As well as a physical body, the Bible tells us that we have a soul and a spirit; we are triune beings made in the image of God (1 Thess 5:23).

Dreaming is a natural process that our bodies carry out, as we are physically refreshed during sleep. But dreaming does not only have a physical function. We are aware that during our sleep our souls (mind, will and emotions) are processing our responses to our past and present, along with our perception of the future.

We are also spiritual beings, created to commune with God. The Bible tells us that one of the many ways God speaks to people is through dreams (Job 33:14-15). These dreams are spiritual, or ‘God dreams.’ A prophetic dream, when tested over time, will prove to be significant.

How to Make The Most of your Prophetic Dream

If you believe you have had a prophetic dream, what should you do with it? Here are some ideas to start you off:

1. Pray About It

If you think your dream may have a spiritual meaning, pray about it. As the Bible says, symbolic dreams are mysteries; only God is able to reveal what they mean (Dan 2:26-28).

2. Record It

Write your dream down as soon as possible, or at least jot down some of the key points to help you remember it (Hab 2:2). Your memory of the details in your dream will naturally fade. If you dream regularly (or get great ideas in the night hours) then you might like to keep a notebook by your bed.

3. Remember It

Some other things you can do to help remember your dream are:

  • Replaying the dream in your mind will help you memorise the content of your dream
  • Share it. Find someone to tell your dream to who will be interested and draw the details out of you.

4. Reflect on its Meaning

What was it about the dream that made you think it was spiritual in nature? Some questions you can ask to get you started are:

  • What was the atmosphere in the dream?
  • Who appeared in the dream? A person who appears in the dream may also be symbolic of an attribute in you, a role that you play, a ministry you are called to, or symbolic of something else.
  • What objects, places or symbols showed up in the dream? This is where developing knowledge of the Bible and Biblical and prophetic symbols can be helpful. You can also find further helpful information about dream symbols in books from reputable Christian authors
  • How did you feel during the dream?
  • What did you sense and what came to your mind when you immediately awoke from the dream?

Remember that a dream in its entirety can be a mixture of both natural and spiritual elements. There may be one factor in a dream that is a revelation from God, but the rest could be from your own inner world.

Don’t discount the value of a dream that is from your soul, not from God. It can still be valuable to show you how you are responding in your inner world to past and present circumstances in your life and it may well be worth taking the time to meditate on it.

5. Seek Help in Interpreting Your Dream

The best person to interpret your dream is you, as many of the symbols in your dreams are from your personal life. You may like to share your dream with one or more people who can help you understand its meaning. Remember that the principles for checking a prophecy also apply to dream interpretation.

Whilst some people do have specific gifts in interpreting dreams, realise that just as in all prophecy, no one person has all the answers. Never become dependent on a single person with a prophetic gift. Be wary of becoming reliant at ALL on others with prophetic gifts or upon the gifts themselves. God has given you the Holy Spirit to guide you into truth (1 John 2:26) and good leaders in the church for protection (Heb 13:17).

6. Release What You do not Understand (1 Thess 5:21-22)

It is OK to RELEASE what you don’t understand, or anything that is not encouraging. If you are disturbed by a dream, find a caring Christian friend or leader who can pray with you about it.

In the New Testament, the recipient of a dream usually knew what God was telling them. Don’t try and force meaning out of a dream that is a mystery. If you have recorded a dream that you believe is significant, it may take time for the meaning to become clear.

Finally, the Bible illustrates that God uses dreams to foretell His future plans (prophetic dreams, Gen 37:5-11), give guidance (Acts 16:9-10), impart spiritual gifts (1 Kings 3:5-16), warn (Matt 2:12) and even give successful business strategies (Gen 31:10-13) to His people.

Let’s be open to receiving a prophetic dream, for our dream world can be an opportunity to encounter Jesus and receive God’s instruction and blessing for our lives.

See also:

How Do I Know a Personal Prophecy Or Dream Interpretation Is From God?

4 Types Of Dreams And Their Meanings

© Helen Calder

Enliven Ministries: in the David McCracken Ministries family

20 thoughts on “What To Do When You Have A Prophetic Dream”

  1. hOY TUBE UN SUEÑO…este es el sueño,me encuentro en una iglesia muy grande,que cada dia crece y crece…pero yo les decia a los hermanos que habria mas almas a los pies de Cristo,si limpiaramos mas nuestra vida delante de su presencia…pues habia recovecos en donde la mano del Señor no la dejabamos entrar…si queriamos mas bendicion,la santidad era necesaria,plena y completa…este es un sueño…alli va otro,con mucha frecuencia sueño una iglesia anegada de agua cristalina,puedo ver la estructura del templo,y he pedido en oracion que el E.S. me diga que significa todo esto,y este sueño se repite una y otra vez,en este sueño del templo anegado de agua cristalina,aparece una hermana joven que me dice :hno.pastor,veo los limites de esta congregacion,mientras extiende la mano para señalarme los limites…y estos sueños son vividos,hasta el momento sigo orando por interpetacion al E.S.,y en ocasiones el Señor me dice:ESPERA JOSE,ESPERA. DEBES ESPERAR JOSE…y ese tiempo para mi no llega,y vuelvo a decirle al Señor,el tiempo se me esta pasando,considera mis años,y el me sigue diciendo :ESPERA JOSE…en una ocasion mientras predicaba en una congregacion al sur de mi pais,y despues de ministrar la Palabra,ore por un grupo de hermanos y de repente empece a decir a algunos de ellos,cual seria su Ministerio,todo esto me causo sorpresa,pero lo guarde en mi corazon…yo sabia que un profeta puede hacer eso y mas para bendicion de la iglesia…Profeta Helder,gracias por sus consejos,los sigo rumiando.!saludos!.

    1. That sounds like a very significant dream, Jose. It is possible that your dreams are a type of prophetic prayer and intercession to God – He is using the cry of your heart to minister in prayer for the church, before His throne.

  2. Masego Prudence Moreetsi

    Thank you so much Helen for this article on dreams. I almost identified with some of the things you said about dreams. Sometimes I have dreams and what I dream sometimes present itself exactly the way I saw it in the dream. Sometimes I dream something closer to what is about to happen.Like you said it can take some time for the revelation of the dream to come, and I am so thankful for your tips on how to handle forgetfulness of dreams like keeping a journal on dreams and praying about them for example.

    When I look back I realise that I have lost too much messages which some of it might have been from God. May the good Lord bless you immensely!

    1. Hello Masego, it sounds like you have a gift, treasuring the gift of dreams through keeping a journal or some kind of record is a good idea.

  3. Hi, my name is L and I live in Mexico. I came across your blog and really loved what you taught about dreams.
    Recently I had a dream where I was ran into my house and as I was about removing my clothes I noticed that I had alot of insects like cockroaches and things alike started coming out, thousands of them.Each clothing I removed ,i could see them crawling out even under my skin. I was really scared .Can you help me explain what this meant?

  4. Hi, can i ask something? i had a dream about a group of people standing and happy fellowshipping. Then the scene suddenly changed. it has become a church like scene with a pulpit in front of it. i was standing on the right side of the congregation then our pastor came out of that side that i believe was hidden because i am not able to see that side. She was wearing a white gown. everybody was happy then suddenly that pastor cried and move out of the pulpit and sat on the chair on the first right row that’s in front of me. Then there is someone i did not see in that dark side or hidden part of the dream and it felt like that person (though i am not seeing Him. it felt like we both know each other) turn around to me look to me and say something it was not an audible voice it was like he spoke to me and my spirit understands what that person is saying and i was intrigue with my response saying “Lord not now”.. does that dream prophetic? and does that dream reveals that God is calling me to do something for Him? Thanks and God bless you.

    1. Hi Maui, it is certainly a dream for you to pray about and ask God for further insight. A dream like this can be for prayer initially.

  5. Hello Mun Helen Cardel, i must say i’ve been so blessed reading all your articles and i believe it could be only God that led me to all these…
    I have read these particular article and please i got a question for clearification; I live with two sisters just to make it short, I had a dream of one of them being pregnant and was like hiding it but on reality confirmation, itd instead the other sister of mine that got pregnant and had being hiding it…
    Now the question is, Can someone have a dream of someone but it actually turns to happen in reality to a different person???
    (please help me cause i’ve had morethan two dreams of such).
    Thanks very much and i humbly wait for your reply, may God keep blessing You.!!

    1. Yes a reminder that not all dreams can be taken literally – but may be symbolic and to pray about.

    1. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is stirring you to hunger for and focus on God more at this time, Chidimma

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