The Soaking Series
'Soaking' in God's presence simply means taking time out to fully engage with Him, to put aside for a moment our own thoughts and allow God to speak into our lives and pour His love into our hearts. Focus the 'eyes of your heart' on God as you wait on Him.
Soaking is intimate time spent with Jesus. It's you and I enjoying just being with Him. It's about returning to our first love.
There's a deep need in every one of us to be close to God. Experiencing God is something to be sought after. While we base our theology on God's Word, our experiences with God make it all come alive. The Bible is a book of experiences of men and women of God throughout history...
Is "Soaking" In The Bible?
Here's some of what the Bible has to say...(NKJV)
Psalm 23:1-3 - "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul…"
Psalm 131:2 - "Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me."
Psalm 4:4 - "Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still."
Psalm 37:7 - "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him."
Matthew 11:28-30 - "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Hebrews 4:9-11 - "There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest."
Isaiah 40:29-31 - "He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
Psalm 27:14 - "Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!"
Proverbs 1:33 - "But whoever listens to Me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil."
Luke 10:39 - "And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word."
Hosea 2:14 - "Therefore, behold, I will allure her. I will bring her into the wilderness and speak comfort to her."
Can I trust that it is the Holy Spirit working?
Yes you can. Remember, everything we receive from God we receive by faith. Faith must be positive and focused on God. (Not negative and fearful, focused on the enemy.) Jesus said in Luke 11:11-13, "If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" The key is intimacy. It is not a program to be run and managed, but a relationship to be maintained.
How long do I continue soaking?
It usually takes me fifteen minutes to quiet the business of life and enter into rest. But Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, and He wants you to enter into His rest. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace, so we need to take quality time with Him. You cannot force or hurry this. The idea is not to "get" something but to "be" with someone. Take time just to be with Him; to love Him and let Him love you. If you fall asleep, that's OK. If you are interrupted, you can always come back for more. You will know when your time is finished. You will feel a satisfaction in your heart and a release to go and get on with life.
Occasionally people can become quite emotional during soaking prayer. God may want to touch deep places in the heart. There are often areas of past wounding where we are very reluctant to go. That is often the very place that the Lord wants you to revisit so that He can bring freedom and healing to areas of fear and pain. It is helpful to have friends and even experienced ministry people in the room so they can love you through this and help reassure you to go ahead in faith in order to, so as to bring closure to these areas.
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