Sleep Paralysis

I was doing Bible study with a prisoner who told me she often has sleep paralysis.

When this occurs she feels she’s awake.  Her hearing is keen,  yet she cannot move any part of her body. She cannot even open her eyes.  It frightens her and she feels vulnerable to demonic attack.

I told her I have experienced the same thing!  It is not uncommon.  It’s a phenomenon in which people, while they are falling asleep or shortly before waking, temporarily experience an inability to move. However, the few times it happened to me, I did not experience fear as she did.

This is what I suggested, and I believe it was from the Lord:  “The next time it happens, your mind will be awake. You will be able to pray in your thoughts, even though you cannot speak verbally. The Bible tells us to thank God for everything and in everything.  I suggest you use that time to thank God that He is bigger than this sleep paralysis. He is bigger than any problem you have.  Praise the name of Jesus in your thoughts and thank Him.  You will receive His peace and your fear will lift.”

She said she would.

  • SONG: DEAR LORD OF LORDSby Kathleen
  •  I will fear no evil, for you are with me.    Psalm 23:4 
  •  Give thanks in all circumstances;  for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.              1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • …always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.    Ephesians 5:20
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.     Philippians 4:6-7
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Sleep Paralysis

  1. Frank K says:

    Interesting subject. I have experienced that paralysis many times in the past. It’s been over 10 years since the last time, but I still remember how intense the experience was. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is call on the name of Jesus in your mind. But God can and does work with that.

    • Kathleen says:

      I know what you mean, Frank! The body may feel paralyzed, but the mind is still alert and the one thing we can do is focus on the name Jesus. His name is powerful!

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