Praying Christians & the Seeing Word of God
God can speak to you through what you see. You can see visions, dreams, and things around you, circumstances, other people’s actions, and God’s hand in your life and that of others. On the other hand, you can see nothing despite God showing you all these things. You have to identify how God speaks to you, and pray accordingly.
Visions and dreams
“In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumbering on the bed; then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction, that he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.” Job 33: 15-18
Visions can be seen with eyes wide open or when you are asleep. You are shown a picture, an event, and an incident. It is precise and very clear. You may or may not understand it. God reveals things because he wants us to do something about it. It could be to take action, pray, and learn. A vision can be something that is going to happen in the short term, medium term, or after several years. Daniel had two visions. In Daniel 8, God showed Daniel a vision of a ram and a goat while awake.
“When I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it. Then behold, there stood before me something like the appearance of a man. I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, which called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” Daniel 8:15-19
Vision is a revelation you have no part in. It flashes before you to reveal what is going to happen and is happening concerning you or someone else. Once you are shown the vision the Spirit of God will give you the interpretation if you seek it. Sometimes you will receive the interpretation, sometimes you need to learn more about the vision. This does not mean you understand all the visions you receive. Even if you do not understand, try praying about it.
Dreams are imprinted on your mind. You find yourself involved in the dream. The dream may come as an instruction for you to do something. It may be a message for you to know about something that is going to happen or is happening. Whatever it is pray about it. For example, Joseph had two dreams relating to his own destiny in Genesis 37: 1-9. The dream may come as a warning. In Genesis 41, Pharaoh dreamt about seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine in the land of Egypt.
You cannot manipulate dreams, though your mind may play tricks on you. The devil can play tricks on your mind as well. You need to discern which dreams are of God and which ones are just your mind recalling your worries of the day. Dreams given to you by God are there to open your heart to something God wants to talk to you about or show you, that you might not have been able to receive via spoken word. The bible does not cover all events that happen in your day to day life or in your current environment. If you do not understand dreams and visions God shows you, pray about them. Let the Holy Spirit interpret them to you.
If God shows you a vision about someone else and instructed you reveal it to the person, try not to interpret it in your own understanding. As you do not know exactly what went on in that person’s life, your interpretation could become more of a hindrance to that person’s own understanding of what God is saying. Keep an open mind and pass on the vision just as you saw it, with no interpretation or suggestion of what you thought God was referring to.
Avoid judging people on the basis of visions you receive about them. That was not God’s purpose for showing the vision to you. Sometimes God wants you to pray about the vision given about someone rather than telling them about it. Some visions you can do nothing about – they will come to pass whether you pray or not. Allow the Spirit of God to help you interpret visions and dreams and teach you what to do about them.
Beware of dreams that are extension of your unconscious mind and the tricks of the devil. Your thoughts can play tricks on you and your imagination is revealed as dreams in your sleep. The enemy can disguise as an angel of light and show you dreams that could make you believe that it is of God. “And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14. Always ask yourself if that dream is in line with the word of God. “Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good” 1 Thessalonians 5:21.
Beware of dreams that are misleading. Always pray about dreams that are very clear on your mind when you wake up. They could be of God and may not be. Any dream that is not of God should be rejected immediately. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy God’s plan for your life. Do not let him take away your blessings through dreams. If you do not understand any dream leave it alone. Seek God in prayers and ask God to give you an interpretation he will do so in his own way and in his own time. If you do not ask God and walk away as if dismissing it, you may not receive what God wants you to know.
God speaks to individual Christians in different ways. Identify how God speaks to you and find out how he wants you to pray about it. Be vigilant. The devil tries to imitate God to derail you from God's plan. Keep your eyes on Jesus and pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17.