What to Do With Bad Dreams?

What to Do With Bad Dreams?

Do you have weird dreams? What do you do with them?

God has been speaking  to his children through dreams from the beginning (the Genesis). What should we know about dreams today?

I am not an expert dream interpreter but I want to share a practical way to deal with bad dreams. It’s not magic, it’s not a secret but unfortunately in today’s world fewer and fewer Christians know about/use it.

God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. (Eph. 6: 10-12, MSG)

First of all we need to know that life is not a game. Life is a serious battle in your soul and you need to be prepared to deal with it. God has given us everything we need to be victorious, including dreams.

Last night I had an adventure dream where I was urged to give up my children to a group of people for safe-keeping while I’d compact the wilderness without -as they said- the burden of dragging the kids with me. I felt bewildered. I felt they tried to steal my children. So I ended up fighting against this evil group of people but was able to stay together with my family. When I woke up I still felt anxious about the matter. What did I do? I prayed.

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (Eph. 6: 13-18, MSG)

Prayer makes all the difference. Prayer is our secret, indispensable weapon in this world. When we pray we are safely in the will of God. I gave the dream to God, prayed for protection for our children, wisdom to understand anything that I needed to know about the dream, guidance to make right decisions in my life. When I finished the prayer I felt peace. This matter, too, was now in God’s hands. I was free like any child of God should be.

So don’t be afraid of your dreams. Sometimes they can be scary. You might be warned against something. Pray. You might dream about a friend or acquaintance. Pray. You don’t need to know why you needed to pray for him/her, just pray. God speaks to us in dreams. Our responsibility is to bring them to God in prayer and ask for guidance, protection, interpretation.

Prayer is far more powerful than we can imagine. Prayer is essential in the ongoing warfare in our lives. But with prayer -and all the other spiritual weapons available for us- we are prepared to live boldly and joyfully. God is with us. Who can be against us?


Gracious God,
Thank you for being almighty, sovereign.
Thank you for loving us and protecting us.
Thank you for the gift of prayer.
Show us how to use it for all it can be for us.
Equip us to be victorious.
Strengthen us for your service.
In Jesus’ name,

Q4U: Have you had any interesting dreams lately? How do you interpret your dreams? How do you deal with them?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you boldly continue your faith journey securely in Christ!

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8 thoughts on “What to Do With Bad Dreams?

  1. I was just talking to someone the other day about a bad dream that had and was saying that I believe that particular dream was preparing this person for the time when the actually confrontation she dreamed about would take place in real life.  I believe God gave her the mistakes she made in the dream to use as a starting place to know what to do. They definitely do bring to the forefront of our minds things to pray about.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Shanda! Yes, God uses our dreams to prepare us and guide us. What a blessing to have a loving Father who cares so much about us! Loads of blessings to you, Shanda!

  2. wow, Awesome, sis~thx for sharing ur dream! GOD takes such good care in ALL, He tries to prepare us to be on the alert in EveryThing~~~such a wonderful LOVING Dad :))) we keep pressing on to give Him our best & HE will take care of The Rest!

  3. I found your site from a search engine; but, what do we do with dreams that seem to have a meaning? I asked someone close about a dream I had a few months ago; and, related dreams have been coming… If they don’t mean anything, why don’t the dreams of this category stop? Is our sub-conscious that strong?

    1. Hi, Orli! Glad you found your way here. Always ask God to show you the meaning of any dream that seems to be meaningful. Especially if they keep coming. Bring all your questions to the Lord and he will answer in one way or another. Hope this helps. May God bless you richly!

  4. I thank God for your site. I believe all that you said and I do them. but I still could not get answer to this latest dream I had. it is very weird. one of my daughter and I were watch a motor car race from a room through the window and the racer drove past our window and the next thing that happen was one of the window that my daughter was leaning to got broken as soon as the driver drove pass our window and the next thing I saw was my daughter shouted and said the glass of the window has entered her stomach and she pointed it to me and was going down and I looked and touch and felt the piece of the glass and I started calling for help and I woke up. I prayed and still could not interpret it but just as you said I have prayed and left it to God to handle. I asked God for His protection, deliverance for all my family. what do you think.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes, you’ve done all you can when you give the dream to God in prayer. Asking for protection is important too. We don’t need to understand all our dreams. Sometimes they’re just dreams. Sometimes they have an important message but then God would help you to discern it. Trust God and rest in his grace. Blessings to you and your family!

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