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Have you ever had a weird dream? Have you ever had a dream that seemed so real, that you didn’t realise you were actually dreaming? Have you ever had a dream that in your awake hours actually happened? Even a casual reading of the Bible reveals that many people had weird dreams where God was able to speak to even to the most godless person! This should give every believer, burdened with the eternal destiny of those who have not yet experienced the goodness and love of God, the inspiration to pray that God might just speak to those they are praying for by their dreams. 

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him,
“Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken,
for she is a man’s wife.”
Genesis 20:4

​But it wasn’t just the godless that God spoke to in dreams. We have examples such as Jacob who heard from God in a dream (Gen. 28:11-17). His son, Joseph had several strategic dreams (and an ability to “interpret” dreams, Ge. 40:8-12; 41:12) (Gen. 37:5-11). The young king Solomon had a dramatic encounter with God in a dream (1Kings 3:5-15). Joseph, the guardian of the Christ child, was guided by God on several occasions through dreams.

But as he considered these things,
behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,
“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife,
for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:20

And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed to their own country by another way.
¶ Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child
and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you,
for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”
Matthew 2:12-13

¶ But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a
dream to Joseph in Egypt…But when he heard that Archelaus was
reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there,
and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee.
Matthew 2:19, 22

The apostle Paul heard from God in various ways, including dreams.

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia
was standing there, urging him and saying,
“Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
Acts 16:9

And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision,
Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent
Acts 18:9

God seems to delight in speaking to people in a dream in a way that would change their lives. This is why I think we should consider the divine use of ‘weird dreams’! I’ve already mentioned Abimelech (Gen. 20:4), but I have overlooked mentioning Pharaoh (Gen 41), Nebuchadnezzar (Dan. 2), and Governor Pilate’s wife (Matt. 27:19). In each of these instances those who had these divine dreams had no doubt that God had communicated to them. In some of these examples, God orchestrated for angels to enter into people’s dreams and converse with them. Perhaps in another Pastor’s Desk one I will explain why angels (or demons for that matters) cannot “read our minds” (only God can do this which is why we can silently pray with our spirit/mind 1Cor. 14:15) but for now, I want to point out that the bible does reveal that spirit beings have an ability to sow ideas into our minds – but only God’s angels can speak to a person in their dreams. Therefore, I propose that we join together and ask God to speak in dreams to those pre-Christians we are praying for in a way that will lead them to encounter the goodness and love of God.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do you think God has so frequently spoken to people in dreams rather than by other methods?
  2. Why is someone more likely to accept what they dream as being a genuine message from God?
  3. Can we pray for God to speak to people in dreams?

Your Pastor,


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1 Comment

  1. LYDIA

    1) Having been created in His image and as His image bearer, where His beloved Son our Saviour repaired and restored this image after the Fall, tells me that we are spiritual beings, which can be read in the beginning of the book of Genesis. Therefore having the ‘Rauch’ the breath of God in us from the beginning, leaves all mankind without excuse. Martin Luther who wrote in his Hymn A Mighty Fortress is Our God… a free translation… that the body might be killed as in war eg yet the Spirit is ours thru Christ. This NO man can steal. EVER. Therefore by our God speaking to people via dreams to me is His assurance and direct purpose and calling in letting people know that He knows all, will command His angels if He chooses, He WILL make kings bow down, He will call all those from the four corners of this earth to acknowledge Him and Him alone. As I read on the WWW that throughout the Muslim world men and women without having contact with Christians or the knowledge of the Gospel, have come to faith, having experienced dreams and visions of Jesus Christ. Its an assurance of knowing that Jesus cares for us deeply and does comfort us, because He is all-knowing. This world is not just flesh and blood as there is a spirit-world too. Therefore by God using dreams as a means of communication outside of the human expectancy as well as His Word, tells me that just as the Old Testament Joseph was given dreams and the New Testament Joseph was also given dreams that these dreams are prophetic.
    2) An interesting question. If those Muslims, to use them as an example believe in the dreams they were given and come to faith, and others also, given dreams … not having fallen and hit their head on a rock first … it is a direct revelation of God. The Bible is full of it and God surely hasn’t changed because God cannot change. So a person is much more likely to accept a direct revelation or vision from God because the Spirit bears witness to my spirit. Romans 8:16.
    3) Why ever not? All people go to bed, all people dwell on the day therefore all of mankind can indeed wonder and know that all those stars up in the sky eg are not just hanging around but set in place. And who could possibly do that but God Who created it all. This question then opens up a new dimension that indeed I can ask the Lord to please work His salvation in the heart of another via a dream. Something I should have paid attention to a long time ago.
    Thanks Andrew


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