Every morning when my son wakes up and comes out of his room I say to him “Good morning buddy, what did you dream about?” Most of the time he answers me by repeating everything I mentioned in my prayer for him the night before or he says “nothing”. But sometimes he tells me about water buffalos and Easter eggs and Mariokart.
Either way, I’m trusting that as he grows up, he knows I care about his imagination.
I would be annoyed if I asked him that question every morning and he responded…
“My dreams don’t matter. I only want to know your dreams.” or
“Not my dreams, but yours be done.”
But so many times, this is how we approach the Father in prayer. We can easily default to a place of assuming he’s not interested. Even if we do tell him what’s on our heart, we quickly change the subject back to His glory in case He forgets that we really do love Him.
The conversation in mainstream evangelical Christianity has, I believe, made good strides in the last several years in clearly announcing “It’s not about me” and “It’s all about Jesus” in our songs and in our sermons. There has been a pendulum swing away from self-absorbed prayers and towards rightful desire to emphasize God’s glory, not our own. Though our love for God and a lifestyle of delighted obedience should clearly be a priority (John 14:23), some of us have forgotten that the Father is delighted by our boldness and big dreams.
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells a story of persistent widow who keeps coming to an evil judge with requests and won’t shut up. The judge finally grants her request because of her boldness. The story ends with Jesus wondering if he would find that kind of faith in us when he returns.
There are several other places in Scripture where we see that dreams are not just tolerated but are actually the fruit of a God-centered life.
Dreams are the fruit of a Holy Spirit filled life.
They’re what God promises to restore in us.
Acts 2:17 (ESV)
And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
Dreams are the first fruit of free people.
When we’re liberated we sing these kinds of songs…
Psalm 126 (NASB)
When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
Dreams are the fruit of those who trust God…
Ephesians 3:20 (Amplified)
Now to Him Who is able to do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think … infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams.
What are you praying for, desiring, thinking about, hoping for, and dreaming about?
It has everything with your view of the Father. Do you believe that the Father cares about your dreams?