I read your "vivid dreams" Q&A and still have a question. I have been a Christian for 11 years. For the first 6 years I would have thought that someone was over-imaginative (even crazy) if they told me they have divinely inspired dreams. Yet for the past 5 years I have been having dreams that I cannot explain and reluctantly share with anyone. I have seen 9/11 happenings: friends being robbed and other very specific events (both good and bad) before they actually happen. I don t have these dreams every night only occasionally. Over the years I have learned to differentiate when I have an ordinary dream as opposed to one that reflects something that may happen in the near future. I wouldn't lay claim to being psychic or to being some type of prophet. When I have these dreams, I pray for God to intercede about what I dreamt about. Do you have any insight or advice?—Shannon

No, I do not have anything beyond what I have written about how God speaks to us in The Spirit. Have you read this book? Anyway, I would not read too much into them. This can lead you into a sort of hyperspirituality that is not healthy (Colossians 2:16-22).

I am glad you don’t claim to be a psychic. (Quite a few people who email me claim to be mystics to whom God speaks.) On the other hand, I would not be afraid of these dreams. They reflect what is going on in your mind and heart. As for 9/11 etc, the idea of a massive terrorist attack is not a new one, and many people worldwide imagined such a disaster years before it took place. (One thriller was even penned with such a plot.) In other words, even our more "impressive" dreams are probably a lot more mundane than we might think. Most of us fail to remember our dreams. If we remembered them all, I believe our “accuracy rate” regarding future events would appear to rise. That is I think a statistical certainty.

You are right to pray to God and not to let your dreams lead you away from his word (Jeremiah 23 etc).

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