Have you ever had a lucid dream? Wikipedia tells us that “A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware of dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment.”
I have had a few lucid dreams, one of which I’ll share here as it speaks to me of the power of heaven to be a comfort and influence in our lives, even while we sleep.
My dream was actually a nightmare, frightening and full of a feeling of evil, but I can’t remember anything about it except that it was so dark and demonic that in the dream I was distressed enough that I wanted it to end. I knew it was a dream, and I “stepped away” from it for long enough to pray to be released from it and to wake up. An answer came into my mind that I should command it to stop. So in the dream, I commanded in the name of Jesus Christ for the dream to stop and not to torment me. I didn’t wake up, but the dream immediately switched to something innocuous and when I did wake up I didn’t remember the nightmare or have any of the lingering dreads some bad dreams leave–I only remembered that I was told to send it away through the power of Jesus Christ and it went.