Night terrors in children somehow have a pattern that is different from the adults. It is more prompt for boys than girls, with children between the age of two and eight. The night terrors may visit these children several weeks at a time and will just seemingly disappear.
Children who experienced night terror may have physical symptoms such as sitting or standing up in the middle of the bed, sometimes eyes wide open, screaming hysterically or maybe body thrashing violently. They are in their partially sleeping stage. Parents normally will have difficulty waking the child up as the child is in the stage of confusion, fright and unable to sense your presence.
It would be better for the children who are experiencing night terror to go thru the whole duration of the night terror. If you wake up the child or interrupted the night terror duration will only cause the prolonging of the process. Let the child view every scene of the night terror, as this will enable the child subconscious mind to deal with the thing they fear. This will normally takes on 10 to 20 minutes before the normal sleep pattern comes back. When the children wake up from night terror, they normally have no recollection of what happen in their sleep and the event that has occurred. Children who have night terrors may experience sleep walking as well. I will share that further in the article.
Why is it important we need to keep watch over our own children or even others children who has night terrors? Certain children are gifted with the discerning spirit and able to see into the spirit realm as a child. They are able to see the demonic activities and also that of God’s angelic activities. When the children don’t understand the supernatural gift and the discerning spirit, they will tend to shut down this gifting in them. When night terrors are not properly dealt with will cause this gifting in the child to close up because of fear of seeing the demonic side.
How do we as parents train children who experience night terrors? We need to teach them how to call upon God and ask Him to loose His angels to stand guard over them with watchful protection. Children can learn to change the night terrors into positive experience by using the name of Jesus, His blood shed for us and His words. Teach them how to exercise the spiritual authority in God, and to build their level of faith since young.
Let me share the real life testimony : My niece who was eight then when she experienced sleep walking. Remember earlier I mentioned that children who experience night terrors may experience sleep walking as well? She completely has no recollection on what happened that night when she sleep walk. Her mother revealed to me that at times, she will scream in her sleep. However, as parents they thought that because she was very active playing during the day, thus resulted such reaction at night.
I remember there is a saying from the old wise folks that when the children have too much play activities during the day, such as playing silly, laugh too much, they will tend to have nightmares at night, screaming and kicking action while they sleep. I will reclassify that as night terrors, as these are spiritual cause of root issues or ungodly fear being introduced onto the children at different time and level.
My niece and her mother went for deliverance and healing ministry. It was discovered that her mother was wounded while she was young as seven or eight then. She felt that she was not loved by her mother and has harvested ungodly fear in her life. This fear hence been brought down spiritually to her daughter who experiences sleep walk. After repented and dealt with the matter, my niece pattern of sleep walk has stopped. This is the root cause of such pattern in sleep that my niece experienced.
Occasionally the sleep walking comes back as when my niece is telling lies in her life, door open for the enemy to use it to fear her. She needs to learn to pray and have a righteous life with God. This is her own spiritual walk with God, she needs to learn to pray and not to fall into the trap of the enemy of tempting her to have open doors.
Ephesians 6:10-20, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
My next article I am going to share with you is the soulish dreams. What is soulish dreams, dream that is of our own strong desire. How do you identify them?
Written by: Mary Chu (Dream team leader)
Copyright: Fire Stone 7 Dream Centre