9 Bible Promises About Your Sleep, Dreams and Night Hours

Encounter God in Prophetic DreamsImagine what it would be like to approach your sleep with a positive sense of anticipation.

  • You look forward to enjoying God’s Presence in the night hours
  • You feel safe, at peace, and secure
  • You believe that God will impart to you Divine blueprints, strategies and creative ideas as you sleep
  • You anticipate encountering the Holy Spirit through prophetic dreams and songs in the night
  • You know that you will wake up rested to begin your new day with God

This is your inheritance.

However, I frequently hear from readers who are experiencing trouble with bad dreams, demonic encounters in dreams, or nightmares. I understand a little about this as for many years, I personally struggled with the same problems. I thank God for the freedom I have in my dreams now.

This week and next, I will be sharing some tips to help you, and those you love, to enter into your God-given inheritance of sweet sleep. 

Sweet Sleep is Your Inheritance

There are many promises in Scripture covering the night and night hours! God cares for you in your nighttime as much as He is interested in your life by day.

The promise of your Father is:

1. ‘When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.’ (Prov 3:24)

This is our inheritance as Christians and children of God. We are to be blessed in our dreams and in our sleep.

2. ‘In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.’ (Ps 127:2)

Even when awake in the night hours, our reflections can be full of God’s grace:

3. ‘On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.’ (Ps 63:6-7)

4. ‘By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.’ (Ps 42:8)

It is also our inheritance to feel safe at night. Our loving Father is the source of our security:

5. ‘In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.’ (Ps 4:8)

6. ‘You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.’ (Ps 91:5-6)

Expect God to Speak and Minister to you in Your Dreams

The heart of our Father is to lead us as much by night as during the day:

7. ‘He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.’ (Ps 78:14)

Throughout the Bible, God gave instructions and prophetic insights to His people in dreams. In the New Testament, this is a ministry of the Spirit available to all God’s people:

8. ‘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)

We can expect to receive the counsel and instruction of the Spirit in the night hours.

9. ‘I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.’ (Ps 16:7)

Use Scripture for Breakthrough in the area of Dreams

Some ways you can use Scriptural promises concerning your sleep and dreams are:

  • Meditate on God’s promises for your sleep and night hours
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to highlight particular promises that He is ministering to you personally
  • Use insights from the Bible to confess, pray and declare what God has promised you concerning your sleep

The Word of God is our standard, and we should not put up with anything less than the fullness of what God has available for us and our families.

In addition to promises, the Bible also contains the example of many of God’s people who encountered Him in dreams, receiving impartation, guidance, instruction and prophetic revelation.

This is the heart and purpose of God for your life.

I trust that reading these Bible promises about the night hours have touched and blessed you as much as they have for me this week as I have looked them up. In an upcoming post, I will share some specific tips concerning what you can do when you have disturbing, emotionally painful, or demonic dreams.

More Enliven Blog Articles on Dreams:

4 Types of Dreams and their Meanings

What to do When You Have a Prophetic Dream

3 Tips About Bad Dreams, Prophetic Warnings and Nightmares: Know the difference and how to deal with them.

Note: Unless stated, Scripture quotes in Enliven Blog are from the NIV version.

©  Helen Calder – Enliven Ministries – in the David McCracken Ministries family

40 thoughts on “9 Bible Promises About Your Sleep, Dreams and Night Hours

  1. Tara

    Thank you for your article. I will memorize these verses.

    I have the spiritual gift of discernment for several years. Not only am I sensitive around atmospheres and people, but also around specific objects. Sometimes it is difficult for me to sleep with specific household items in my room (books, movies, specific clothes, and shoes). Sometimes the spirit of witchcraft attached to these items even though they are not outwardly demonic or look like they are tied to the occult (e.g, socks with hearts on the outside that were purchased from Walmart, regular gym shoes). After I pray and ask The Lord for wisdom and remove the objects from my bedroom I feel a sense of peace and removed demonic presence from the room. This is occuring frequently. Praise The Lord He provides me comfort during these episodes.

    I am the only person at my church, to my knowledge, with this gift. Is this something other people with the gift of discernment have experienced? Have you experienced attacks from demonic spirits attached to common day objects? Have you come accross scripture that relate to this?

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Tara,
      I’m sorry to hear of the trials you have been experiencing with regard to your room at night. I pray that you find the verses empowering.
      God’s purpose for you is to have peace at night and complete confidence in His Presence with you.
      I don’t believe that you should have to go through a process of removing things from your room to have peace at night.
      When I teach on the gift of discernment, I share that the Biblical guideline for all gifts of revelation (such as prophecy, discernment and intercession) is accountability – that is, submitting insights that we receive to Godly and wise leadership around our lives. This helps us weigh up what is truly of the Holy Spirit (1 Thess 5:19-22) I encourage you to go through that process and to allow your perspective to be challenged sometimes – it will help you grow and sharpen your gift. A big test of hearing from God is 1. is it Biblical and 2. does it bear Godly fruit. Not having peace to sleep until you’ve removed ordinary items from your room, and believing those objects have demonic attachments doesn’t fit those two criteria. I encourage you to pray over this some more and also to find a leader to run insights past. Even when a leader is not gifted as we are, their Biblical insight and wisdom will help us pick up on how what we are receiving from God fits inside those two most important criteria I mention.
      Hope that helps, praying for your peace, Tara.

  2. samantha

    Wow, dreams are amazing ways to walk with God…I have had many amazing treasured dreams. Thanks for the re-inspiration about dreams.

  3. Brittany

    Hi Helen, it has been awhile since I’ve taken time to read one of your emails, but I’m gratefully I did tonight. Thank you for this truth email. Reading this email gave me a dose of love from the Father and our Lord Jesus. I cried and cried while reading this, and became filled with hope and truth that Jesus does love me. And for the first time I don’t feel like an orphan anymore, and I know I’m not. Please keep me and my family in prayer. Our newborn is in the nicu and her oxygen levels were low at birth, she needs her oxygen to circulate more in her lungs and for her blood vessels to open up and relax. The diagnosis is pulmonary hypertension. Thank you again. God bless you.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Brittany, just read this and prayed for your little one and your family, will also share with our team for prayer. You are beloved, Father has you all in the palm of His hand.

      1. Brittany

        Thank you for your prayers Helen, and the team. The baby is getting better everyday so that should encourage me to keep the faith. 🙂 we need her oxygen levels to be in the mid 90s to late 90s and stay that way.

        1. Helen Calder Post author

          Good news Brittany, may she continue to become stronger and oxygen levels stabilize. May you be richly blessed as a family and grow in faith and may a powerful testimony of God’s goodness emerge from this time to touch many others.

          1. Brittany

            Amen! Thank you Helen! More good news she came home July 28th and has been doing great! God is more than good! 🙂

  4. Baldwin Francis

    Dear Helen,
    Thank you for your news letters they are a great blessing.
    I had a vision on Easter Sunday, it lasted over 5 minutes, I was awake and saw a bed of roses and clear water running over it, it was there if I closed my eyes or opened it. can you interpret it.
    God speaks to me in dreams and visions and words of wisdom and knowledge.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thanks for the question, Baldwin. (What an amazing vision!) We have a policy as a ministry not to do any dream interpretation or prophesying online. But I do encourage you to think about the elements in the vision, and the timing… for example having the vision on Easter Sunday places the context of your vision in resurrection. Clear running water in the Bible can be salvation, healing or the Holy Spirit (Ezek 47 river), also think about whether roses (in general) or the particular ones you saw, mean something to you personally. I love that there was a bed of roses, not cut flowers, but alive and growing. Generally in our culture, roses are symbolic of love.

  5. Marie Redhead

    Hi Helen. I appreciate your article on dreams. My dreams are really mixed up at the moment. I have so many over the last 3 years and I know no one who understands or can interpret them where I am. I have no fellowship with anyone that understands dreams too. And I have had some awful demonic and soulish dreams of recent. I am alone in this as my husband doesn’t understand and is not close to God.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Marie, I hope the scriptures I’ve shared in this article are an encouragement for you. Next week I will write some thoughts on how to respond to the bad dreams…believing with you for peace at night, sweet dreams and breakthrough.

  6. Steph

    Hi Helen,
    Thankyou for this article! God has used enliven blog to give me timely encouragement in my life many times. I just woke up from a bad dream with a strong evil demonic presence in it. It hasn’t happened in a while and I woke up afraid. Decided to read enliven blog because I couldn’t sleep and this was the first blog post I saw on the page!!!Praise God, He helps me. So thankyou, and looking forward to the next one about what to do when you have a demonic dream. I have a question: Can God teach you from what happened in a evil dream? (My dream was related to something I was struggling with in real life to do with ministry).
    Thanks and God bless!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Steph, I do believe God can use and redeem every dream. I trust the new blog article is an encouragement to you!

      1. Angie Maris

        Hi Helen

        I hope I am doing this correctly.

        Your article excited me, finally someone who knows and understands with first hand experience. I have been having demonic attacks nearly every night for nearly 11yrs. In this time I have learnt to walk in the authority Jesus has given us kids and its only small things that happen, aimed at keeping me awake or waking me up.

        I feel its time it is done with! No more. I shall approach our pastors with my darling husband and submit to their guidance to achieve full deliverance. Its a new church and I have learnt to be nervous of discussing this issue due to past ‘judgements’ made upon me but I trust our Lord will present the right person to point or help me on the way.

        I ask dear sister if Holy Spirit prompts you to pray for me, do so with gusto! 🙂

        Thank you for sharing and imparting wisdom, insight, knowledge etc.. you have gained and experienced to us all to benefit in our own lives. Bless you.

        Your sister in Christ ox

        1. Helen Calder Post author

          Hi Angie, I sure do pray for you. May this time with your church and leaders be your ‘safe harbour’ to become free, and more of who you are called to be.
          My healing came through two fronts… one was receiving prayer ministry for freedom, and the other was growing in faith, the Word and the revelation of the Fatherhood of God.
          May you receive fully His abounding grace!

  7. Josephine shittu

    l really enjoy this topic on dream and am looking forward to read the part two.thanks very much God will continue to strenght you in Jesus Name, and pls l need the free ebook thanks again Josephine.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Josephine,
      Thanks for your note, did you manage to read the second article? It’s here: https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2015/08/04/tips-bad-dreams-prophetic-warnings-nightmares/
      There are other articles on dreams, you can find them using the search box or clicking on the dreams category.
      To get the free eBook, sign up by adding your email address in the subscription box – it is available to all new subscribers. If you are already receiving the blog articles via email, let me know and we’ll get an eBook to you.

  8. Mary

    I started having demonic attack out of the blue 2-3months ago. Really terrifying.
    I have been through a hard few years having to walk away from a abusive family and friends. I spend 8 hours a day studying and being with God the last 3 years and have gotten very close to him.
    Really felt I was getting healing breakthrough in my life.
    I go to a place called miracles in marketplace where there are people like me with discernment and inecessor spirit also.
    Many are prophetic also.
    Many are under attack also. Not sure if it’s because this group does alot to pray with people heal and helps the poor in other countries?
    Not sure if these attacks on me are targeted at this group as a whole or satans trying to stop me from stepping out?
    It all started 3 months ago I would close my eyes and soak in God’s presence.(day) I started seeing colors very bright. Almost like waves of color in a ocean. Then another day I barely closed my eyes and saw the back of a 10 ft scaly tail and faces that looked demonic. One time 4 faces.
    But most of the time bright colors of waves. and a few other vision orbs etc.
    All started out of the blue. Don’t understand.?
    Then I started being woke up 2-3 times a week with what I knew was demonic. Terrifying.
    One night i left a hallway light on(knowing it was in the room )shadows were moving on ceiling of my room. I felt a cold breeze blowing at me. Feel it was right beside me.
    I have tried taking authority. Not looking at it. Praying. No matter what I do. Won’t go away for 3 hrs.
    Another night i was in a turbulent ocean all alone rolling around and tossing in the storm. It was lightning.
    My eyes are now wide awake. I felt sea sick. I almost threw up.
    I’m not mentally ill. This is
    Very exhausting and very real
    I stopped going to miracles group and church last 2 weeks and it stopped. Hopefully forever.
    Kind of sad because I was making quality friends there. Now I am afraid to go that all the demonic returns.
    God led me to these places and people and strongly guided and helped me. (Alot of what I study is connected to bethel in redding.
    Little concerned that could open the door??)
    When the attack started at night
    It was like there was a block to see God. I would call on him but it wouldn’t stop and I couldn’t here God.
    I know Faith is God. Fear isn’t and I try hard to just believe.
    When God does things there is usually a purpose. Can’t find any …purpose God would have in allowing this? Confused.
    Always had alot of fear of loss and betrayal and worked through alot of it. Now enemy attacks in my weak area.
    I just don’t understand this…. Can’t find God’s purpose…I was just starting to step out in God more. like you would think God would want.
    Do you know why he would allow this? Why this happens since you experienced it.? Is there a way to make it stay away.
    Any info. would be greatly appreciated. I have spent many hours trying to find out how to deal with this and pray and then I get your email that I believe is from God for me and is very helpful. Would love more help if possible.
    Thank you God bless you!!!
    Thank you for your post!
    Love it!! Just stumbled onto it a few months ago on line. Thanks mary

  9. Palesa

    Hello Helen. thank you for the topic, There was a point in my life were I dreaded the night. I would wish that night fall does not come because the moment I slept I was under attack or seeing frightening things. Monsters, demons, blood. you can imagine. Either frightful dream or I would be fighting. This went on for a couple of years. But there was a time where all of that disappeared. I was so happy that God is now with me and has taken over those dreams. I am at peace now and all dreams that HE brings to be I see them vividly and I remember.
    I don’t understand why God allows those dreams to be channelled to us, especially when HE knows some us are terrified by even the smallest thing. I just concluded that maybe those dreams He allowed them to happen a way of preparing for me His plans about my life.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Palesa, I’m very glad to hear that you have freedom from those awful dreams now!
      Sometimes our Father does allow the battles so that we grow in faith and spiritual authority, and also to show us when something (such as fear) needs to be dealt with in our lives. Praise God for your breakthrough!

  10. Palesa

    Thanks Helen. As led by the holy spirit. Remember I wrote to you that I am one of those people whom God has chosen a path for. My first year at varsity and that’s when all confusion started in my life. After 9 years of even having ancestral calling and God finally speaking that He was the one who was always in charge. I end up now having a need to study a degree in theology because I feel I want to know more about God. I tried to read the bible on my own but I don’t get anywhere hey, I just tire along the way on the first chapter. With varsity I don’t want to talk because I have had my high school certificates which started disappearing, then it was my matric certificate when I had to re-register for the next subjects of my first year, if not that when I had to go and write my exam I just get sick from no were and no be able to write. So much has happened in my life with the spirit world. sometimes I wake up from a dream that is out of this world that I tell to my husband but he seems to not understand me. When it comes to such messages that I receive I want to share with someone but don’t have anyone that understands. I once wanted to approach the pastor at the church but the universe was not letting that happen so I figured that it was also God’s way of saying probably that was not the right person to share such information. See Helen, I am a woman who is on this island and I feel I need a spiritual mentor to take me through this journey that God is intending to give me. He shows me things and sometimes is too complex for even my husband to understand. I am a dreamer and that’s where all prophesy come from. That’s how I help His people as well because I know that He is using me as a vessel to get to His people that need healing or help, but sometimes it gets so complicated that I also find myself puzzled with the messages that come through.

  11. Favour

    I desire the peace of God in my sleep and dream life. I dream a lot and most time they are full of nightmarish undesirable things. I am tired of this and I want a change.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Favour, praying for you to have the peace and breakthrough in your sleep that you need.


    wow! This is a word in season.Just yesterday i was praying to God and reminding m
    him concerning the inheritance of the saints concerning dreams and visions.But,i’ll be honest,i have more horrifying dreams than Gods visitations.Not that i at all doubt his word.I’ve just read about someone whose operating on prophetic gifts like i do…could this be an attack not to know what is happening in the third heaven?Plus I’m on meds,epileptic,very strong.I don’t know if that’s a cause.pharmacia spirit?Agree with me for complete healing.i have a lot to tell you but maybe on mail.personal.so lets start with the sword of the spirit mastering above scriptures as weaponry.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Kev, yes praying for you for healing and to have the keys and wisdom for your breakthrough.

  13. LOUIS

    Wow.. I just had a revelation now as I was about to wake up. At my work , my boss who congratulated me after I had good numbers, in a poll from students report questionaire about good teachers in the school, now hates me and my very presence. Cordinators, who favored me now look at me with disgust and I have been crying to God asking “WHY?…. where did I go wrong ? why the sudden hatred?…….And now as I was about to wake up, I had a short trance where I went to drop a class report sheet ,only to be called by the boss and asked to give a message to a sacked teacher,whom , they hate …and whom, am presently helping to grow a new language school, by teaching in his school for only 2 hours after my 6 working hours with my present school was reduced to 4.
    I actually came across this site a few minutes ago when I asked google “where I can pray holy bible verses concerning a revelation “. What do you think Helen? God bless you

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Louis, the thought that comes to me is that God gives you revelation into what is happening in the background so that you can pray about it – and also move in the opposite Spirit to those who are acting negatively towards you.

  14. Jessica

    Hi Helen,
    Not sure if you’ll see this but I appreciate the scriptures to mediate on. I plan on writing them out and placing the promises of sweet rest inside our pillow cases.
    I hope you can addresses this: there have been several times when I have slept somewhere like a hotel, my parent’s home (since leaving home and becoming a Christian i find im continually being delivered from bondages of death anxiety, panic, and fear that I experienced in my parent’s home-as long as I remember). Also, having guests stay in our home who are tormented by fear have caused my husband, my daughter, and myself to have demonic inspired nightmares. Years ago as we stayed at a hotel both my husband and I were harassed by evil presence. Our daughters were little and seemed to sleep well but I kept having murderous thoughts like someone close by was filled with rage and murder…I saw flashes of demonic faces over me as I prayed. It was like evil thoughts amplified telling me how they wanted to violate my daughters. I sensed my husband moving around and uncomfortable so I asked him if he was OK and he felt like he was smothered while being pulled down in bed. We prayed about what to do but we were so “drained” and tired we just played “love and healing” soaking music and called on Jesus for help as we tried to sleep. I know this sounds crazy but I find myself anxious when we are preparing to travel, as we will soon be doing in the coming months. Especially to my parent’s home town since there is an expectation for us to stay there. At the risk of offending them, we have stayed in “safe” environments.
    My question…or need for encouragement, when will we be able to go visit and not be harassed? Or do you have insight on why we are affected by the darkness in the atmosphere if we take the Light worth us.
    Any insight you have is appreciated.

  15. Sarah Mmutlane

    Hi my name is Sarah I have two vision the other one I was 20years old when I saw an angel putting drops of fire in my mouth after that I feel like preaching the gospel to the people I told my pastor he told me I am graizy he told me there is no such things again this year 2016 October I saw again the angel he was looking at me and he did not say nothing the first angel I saw was wearing white clothes and the second one was wearing like the apostles of Jesus Christ when they appear on the photos please help me

  16. Jeff h

    I need to get sleep I felt a cloud come over me on. November. 23. And. Ear. Ringing any I can’t sleep at all. I’m losing my mind I can’t focus. Why is this happening please pray for me. I want god to completely heal me thank you I’m cry out to him all the time.

  17. Michelle Monroe

    Hello.I am so happy that I found this topic.I had a dream a couple of months ago and have been praying for understanding. Before I had this particular dream, I awakened from my sleep praying in The Spirit using my prayer language. I then went back to sleep.In my dream a stranger hugged me, we were in my house, the hug was somehow comforting.(I have been going thru quite a few trials here lately,and quite honestly have been spending a lot of time crying out to the Lord and seeking comfort from Him). While I was talking to the stranger,I noticed something coming out of the walls where I stood. I recognized right a way that it was oil. I went to go check to see if I could find the source of it but could not.When I looked around the stranger was gone and I could see footprints saturated in oil going towards the door. I immediately dropped to my knees and started speaking in my prayer language. I then awoke and said out loud “it had to do with the anointing”. I would appreciate any feed back I can get.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Beautiful dream, Michelle, sounds like an encounter with the Holy Spirit to me.

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