Here is a brief introduction to the practice of “soaking” in the presence of God. The content below is from Catch the Fire.
SOAKING: THE OTHER HALF OF THE CONVERSATION
Jesus says, “Ask and you will receive”. We’re very good at the asking part…but how about the ‘receiving’? If we are the ones who are doing all the talking, it’s really a one-way conversation. Soaking is the listening part of our conversation with Him. It’s setting aside time to lie down and receive from Him.
One of the main barriers to encountering God is that we are simply trying too hard. God’s top tip to us is ‘just relax” In Psalm 46:10, He put it this way, “Be still and know that I am God”. Literally translated this means, “Cease striving and know that I am God”. The way to know God is through peace and stillness.
A peaceful environment on the outside helps us to come to peace on the inside. When we soak we simply put on some quiet instrumental or worship music and lie down. At first our minds will be whirring with thoughts, but we don’t try and wrestle them. We just wait for them to settle, submitting our mind to the Holy Spirit. Meditating on the fact that the Lord is in our spirits, we believe He is right there with us. If we get distracted we don’t become frustrated, we just simply turn our attention back to the Lord.
We have found that lying down is the best posture. It helps us physically relax and focus on the Lord. As we lie down it’s a statement to God that we are laying down our agendas. We are surrendering control. We surrender ourselves to the Holy Spirit. It may feel foolish and offend our pride. Soaking is an act of humility.
HUMAN BEINGS (NOT DOINGS)
At first we may have an internal Mary/Martha struggle. We feel, like Martha, that we should be “doing” something. But this is Mary time. Martha got caught up in the busyness of serving Jesus. Mary got caught up in Him. Soaking is not about how much we can accomplish by our own efforts. It’s about God’s action in us.
Soaking is a dedication: “God this is time just for you.”
Soaking is an invitation: “God do what you want to in me.”
Soaking is an expectation: “Thank you Father for what you are accomplishing as I rest in you.” We come to Him like little children believing that He has good things for us. “If you then…know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those that ask Him.” Mat 7:11
REST AND RESTORATION
Soaking is a Psalm 23 experience. He makes us to lie down in green pastures and He leads us by still waters. He restores our soul. As part of the restoration process we may find ourselves responding physically or emotionally. We might laugh, cry, or shake as the Holy Spirit works in us.
The Holy Spirit might give us a vision or bring a memory to our mind that He wants to heal. Often we enter into a deep rest. Perhaps we may fall asleep. Even if we don’t feel anything happening, by faith we believe that the Lord is working in our spirit.
ABIDE IN THE VINE
Intimacy with God is the key to fruitfulness in every area of our lives.
As we become more aware of His presence in us…so do other people.
As we become more affected by His presence in us…so do those around us. By taking time in the secret place with God, we start to walk by the Holy Spirit in everyday life. We find that, rather than striving to achieve things for God, He is building His kingdom through us. “Not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit.”
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