Sleep Warfare

You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night nor have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you.  Psalm 91:5 TPT

It’s the middle of the night and you are attacked by evil. Some versions of the Bible call it “the terror by night” while The Passion Translation, quoted above, says, “demonic forces at night.”


Demonic attack at night is mentioned back when the Psalmist wrote and there have been constant reports since. Most saints who write on prayer discuss wrestling with terror in the middle of the night.

Have you felt a presence of evil at night? Have you had a nightmare of demons attacking you?

I concluded years back that waking up in the middle of the night with a sense of foreboding or a literal apparition wasn’t just indigestion or mere anxiety. It was spiritual warfare.

Considering how vulnerable we are during sleep, is there a better time for the evil one to attack?

Convinced of “sleep warfare,” Psalm 91 has been a good friend for years.

Two lessons that I have learned:

  • When you talk about spiritual warfare or the darkness of demons, always speak these words, “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Say the words right now, “Greater is Jesus who is in me than he who is in the world.”
  • Demons attack your spiritual and psychological weaknesses. If you are prone to anxiety, you wake up in an anxious sweat; if prone to sensuality, you have a pornographic dream; and if anger, you dream about violence. Practice confession before you sleep.

Prophetic insight can arise from your “terror” at night. Why does God allow it? God uses sleep warfare to guide our intercession.

During sleep, there is a thin space between this world and the spirit world. A foreboding can be God calling you to intercede. A presence of evil might be God warning you that the roaring lion is about to attack (1 Peter 5:8).

If I get a sense of “something amiss” in the middle of the night, I know to start praying. It can be weeks of struggle during my sleep before I find peace. The Prophet Daniel struggled for 21 days of constant prayer and fasting for the release of Israel from Babylon.

In the end-times, more and more of us will begin to experience sleep wars.  Understand what is happening at 3 a.m. Don’t take a Temazepam, but engage in intercession.

A week ago, I woke up in the middle of the night. This may seem weird, but the lion of evil roars before an attack. My spirit woke instantly. I heard the roar in my sleep. Not a sound but an alarm. I prayed and woke up my wife, asking her to pray (she is getting used to this).


Don’t fear a thing! Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you, nor will the powers of evil be launched against you (Psalm 91:6).

We are called to be intercessors, not victims in the end-time. Our victory, like Daniel’s prayers releasing the Israelites, will set up the last days’ revival.

Do not fear, learn to confess, and stand in faith as Jesus has already won the sleep wars.

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