Sunday, June 24, 2012

Prayer is Powerful – Part 3 of 5

My husband and I have made it a habit of praying every morning with the kids, either before leaving the house or once we’re all in the car together. We also pray every night for each child, sometimes while they’re still awake or when they’re already sleeping. Part of our prayers includes asking God to give them good dreams.

When I was a small child, I remember many times waking up from nightmares. As I grew older, those nightmares became less frequent. As an adult, I almost forgot they ever existed, but one day they suddenly came back.

I began to notice that there was a pattern for when I had a good night or a bad night. It seemed that the night before I had to lead a youth group or Sunday school class, a nightmare would strike. The dreams would be so graphic and gruesome that I realized they couldn’t be from my own imagination.

I tried praying scripture promises from David’s psalms concerning peaceful sleep. I also anointed every room with oil, but nothing I did seemed to work. Finally, I tried another tactic. It was so simple that I was surprised to find that it worked. All I did was pray that God would put His angels around our home to protect our sleep. I continued to pray that prayer every night, and from then on the nightmares stopped.

Now, every morning and evening we ask God to place His angels around our family. It might sound tiresome to follow such a routine. I know that after a while I had to make peace with it. We never question the need to brush our teeth every day to keep cavities away. The experts say that twice a day is better than once. It’s the same with prayer. My husband and I have seen such an improvement as a result of praying preventative prayers that we’ve chosen to make it a lifestyle.


  1. I pray with my children every night that God would give them good dreams and I truly believe in the power of preventative prayers. Great Post!

    Hey I'm a new follower and I'd love for you to visit and follow back!

    1. Thanks Emily! I'm already following you and also on Google+. Thanks for the follow! God bless!

  2. Hey, I'm a new follower! Found you thru the MMM blog hop! I should start doing that too, I started having nightmares just last week and I realized that was when I was too busy to even talk to him. Thanks for this reminder.

    Follow back? :)


    1. Hi Ochi! I'm now following you back! I have two daughters who take dance lessons. My eldest girl will be at a dance festival early July in Cape Town for 3 days with her dance instructor and dance group where they will be performing all 3 of those days.

  3. my son has a hand written note taped to his alarm clock, "pray first."


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