Have You Had A Prophetic Dream Lately?

Whilst not all dreams that we have are prophetic in nature, the Bible does teach that prophetic dreams are one way God speaks to His people. This week, I share an article on ‘what to do when you have a prophetic dream’ that I wrote several years ago, for the benefit of recent readers. [1]


What to do When you Have a Prophetic Dream

You wake up from a vivid dream that you believe had a significant or spiritual meaning. What do you do with it? [2]

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 prophetic 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 prophetic 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 prophetic 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.


[1] The original article can be found here

[2] If you are not sure whether a dream you have had is prophetic, a review of the article 4 Types Of Dreams And Their Meanings may help.


Related Posts:

4 Types Of Dreams And Their Meanings

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


Do you have any testimionies, scriptures or thoughts about what to do with prophetic dreams that you would like to share? Leave a comment in the box below. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down. (Note that I do not provide dream interpretations on this blog.)


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5 thoughts on “Have You Had A Prophetic Dream Lately?

  1. Sal

    Thank you for sharing about prophetic dreams. Dreams interest me a great deal, but I don’t understand them as well as I’d like.
    I have had one dream which I believe come from God, at the end of which I heard his voice, causing me to wake suddenly and bolt upright out of bed.
    Although I dream vividly and frequently, this is the only dream I know for certain has come from God. Is there a way to tell if some of my other dreams are prophetic, just from my imagination or from some other source?
    I ask because most of the dreams I have are actually nightmares. I know that some are born from my insecurities and worries, but some of the time I dream about other people (often strangers to me) suffering misfortune, loss, destruction and sadness.
    My nightmares usually wake me and I find I’m crying or screaming, sometimes I’ll have three or four dreams that wake me in a night and in a normal week I’ll only get one or two nights of unbroken sleep.
    This has happened for as long as I can remember, and I’m used to it. But I wonder where these dreams come from. I have often prayed with my husband for blessings and protection over our slumber, and while I feel safe and secure in the love of Christ, these dreams still occur.
    Have you heard of this happening before? Do you have any ideas where these dreams might originate? My church is small and I don’t really have anyone to go to for guidance in this area.
    Thanks,
    Sal.

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Sal, I encourage you to have a look at this article, if you haven’t already.
    4 Types Of Dreams And Their Meanings: http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2012/07/16/4-types-of-dreams-and-their-meanings/

    I do not believe the nightmares are from God, although He can redeem them by using them to bring you into greater freedom and intimacy with Him.

    My thoughts are that consistent nightmares like you mention could be from 1 of 2 sources:
    1. Our own soul expressing deep fear, grief, anxiety that is buried… processing this through personal time with God and perhaps sharing with a pastor, Christian counseling, or prayer ministry may help.
    2. Spiritual warfare. The fact that they are consistent could mean an ‘open doorway’ for oppression in your life that can be closed when you find out the root cause of it. (I share this from my own personal experience) For this I would recommend safe prayer ministry if you would like help processing it.
    I say ‘safe’ because not all that presents itself as prayer ministry is safe. My thoughts on finding good prayer ministry are here:
    http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2012/09/11/prayer-ministry-ideas-and-guidelines/
    Hope this helps 🙂

  3. Sal

    Thanks Helen,
    This is helpful, especially your thoughts on good prayer ministry. I will discuss with my pastor and see where we can go from here.
    I really appreciate it 🙂
    – Sal

  4. Gina

    I was at a service. The service was almost over and the preacher pointed on me and told me to come to him. I was about to take my son with me when the preacher said no just me. The preacher asked me what is my profession I told him HR and he ask me if it was a permanent job. He place his hands on my forehead and it’s like my body connect to his body I heard everybody in the congregation saying Wow! I don’t know what happen but I was connected to him for awhile Then my body separated from his and I was laid to rest at the alter and my wig came off and children was dancing around me. Each child touch my head as they pass by. I man bright I bucket because he thought I was going to vomit but he took it back. I have never had a dream like that before. .

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