What do you do if you dream that your husband or wife has a fatal accident while driving to work? Do you accept it as a prophetic revelation from the Lord that must come to fulfillment and then make plans for the funeral? Do you chew your nails for days, weeks, or years, wondering when the awful calamity will take place? Do you plead with your spouse to get a work-at-home job? Do you just ignore it?
And where is this kind of dream coming from? Is it a demonic dream, intended only to scare you, or is it from God?
Dream experts will give you different opinions on whether this is a dream directly from the enemy or a dream from God to warn you. That may be because it could be either. Satan will sometimes try to turn us into a melted gelatin puddle of fear through false threats, while sometimes God will warn us of plots that are afoot against us.
I don’t feel the need to sit around obsessing about where this kind of dream comes from. The important question is how to respond. Some people think every dream or vision they have is God’s will, and therefore unalterable. That’s just not right. In Amos 7:1-6, Amos received two visions of destruction, which he was able to stop from happening simply by interceding against their fulfillment. We need to learn to do that for our nation, our communities, our families, and ourselves.
In addition to pleading for the Lord to not let evil dreams be fulfilled, we must cancel the assignment of the enemy. If you have a dream about something terrible happening, you can pray something like this:
“Father, You know the frightening dream I’ve had. I claim John 10:10 on behalf of my loved one: ‘though the enemy comes as a thief to kill, steal, and destroy, Jesus has come so that ________ may have life and have it more abundantly.’ So I claim Your protection for ________, in Jesus’ Name.
“In the Name of Jesus, I also cancel any assignments that the enemy may have against ________, and I nullify his ability to harm ________.”
You can also declare other Scriptures that promise us protection from satanic attack. Psalm 91 is filled with powerful promises for every kind of protection we could need. I pray it and declare it over myself and my loved ones frequently. Even when not using the entire psalm, I’m likely to at least use portions of it daily as springboards for prayer.
Here are two more verses which you can use to refute any evil schemes the enemy may have planned for you or your loved ones:
Luke 10:19 – Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you.
1 John 5:18 – We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but He who is begotten of God keeps him, and that wicked one cannot touch him. (About half the translations say “But he who is born [or begotten] of God keeps himself,” so there is some question about what the emphasis is in this verse. The bottom line in either case is, keep yourself from having open doors to the enemy through deliberate sin in your life, and Jesus will protect you so that the evil one cannot harm you.)
And then, yes, do warn your loved one to be a little extra careful, if that seems appropriate and will not cause anxiety. If concern about the dream pops up at future times, you might need to pray about it or take authority over the enemy again. Sometimes we have to guard the territory we’ve already conquered with additional prayer.
What we shouldn’t do is live in fear. Nor should we ignore such dreams. Nor should we accept them fatalistically. We simply take the appropriate prayer or declaration action to keep them from being fulfilled. This is just one more aspect of the spiritual warfare all Christians must engage in as part of living as overcomers.
We will continue talking about “bad” or frightening dreams next time.
Hearing God Through Your Dreams (CD set or mp3), by Lee Ann Rubsam
Growing in the Prophetic (CD set or mp3),
by Lee Ann Rubsam