an Evening Prayer
I’m learning to invite God to interact with me as I sleep. The stillness of our nights is a perfect time to hear from our Lord – the One who shepherds, corrects, heals and delivers us.
For the last several years, the Lord has spoken to me in dreams and visions. Many times the dream is a warning for me or someone else. At first these warnings made me fearful and embarrassed. A dear friend helped me see that these are simply conversations with a good, good Father who desires the very best for me and those I love.
God greatly desires to lead us and protect us. Just yesterday, I was able to share a vision I had with a friend. It was a specific warning to her but I didn’t know the circumstances. She received the warning and later realized God was helping her avoid a bout of depression that was subtly creeping in.
At times, the visions help me receive the gentle discipline of the Lord. Other times, they reveal His presence and power.
With today’s simple prayer, I believe we are opening the door to wonderful encounters with God. My prayer for you is a deeper sense of His presence through dreams, visions and any other means God has prepared personally for you.
God, tonight I choose to adore You. I desire to go to sleep thinking of You and Your goodness toward me. I am so thankful that You are with me as I sleep. While I sleep and when I awake, I’d like to hear Your voice. I want to dream your dreams and see your visions. I welcome Your warnings. I welcome Your messages of hope and direction for my life.
I want my first thoughts in the morning to be from You and about You. Teach me to be still in those quiet moments. Teach me to discern Your voice.
I choose to anticipate tomorrow with great delight because You are already there. I choose to be excited about what tomorrow will bring because You are always good and You are always with me.
Thank You, God, for Your faithfulness to me and love for me. I hide myself in You tonight.
In Jesus, I pray. Amen
— I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Psalm 63:6
— For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings, Job 33:14-15 ESV
— But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. Psalm 42:8
— For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.