slide1 For my determined purpose is ] That I may know him [That I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of his person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from his resurrection which it exerts over believers and that I may so share his sufferings to be continually transformed in sprit into his likeness even to his death ( Philippians 3:10 ) slide2 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13) slide3To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27) slide4 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16) slide5For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain ( Philippians 1:21)
slide6I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20)
slide7 It is Finished ( John 19:30) slide8The Throne Room of Heaven (Revelation 4) slide9And I, if I am lifted up from the earth will draw all peoples to myself (John 12.32) slide10 The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11.14) slide11This is my body which is given for you.. This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you (Luke 22:19-20) slide2 Jesus Christ King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19)

The Christian Art of Soaking Prayer Dwelling in living intimacy with Jesus Christ STEP by STEP GUIDE to SOAKING

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. (Psalm 63:1-3)

What is soaking prayer?

Soaking prayer is the setting aside of oneself to focus and meditate on God for renewal of strength and peace. Because of the FINISHED work of the death, burial and resurrection of and with our Lord Jesus Christ, we need to enter His wonderful rest and consummate the complete work of redemption. In the beginning God created man and woman. His greatest joy was the close fellowship He had with them as they walked and talked together in the garden, enjoying the cool of the day. But it didn't last. Satan brought sin into the world and broke that precious, intimate relationship. So man began his search for something to fill the emptiness in his heart

Why would I want to "soak"?

There is a deep need in everyone of us to be close to God. Some have described it as a 'God-shaped' vacuum inside of every human heart that longs to be fulfilled. Experiencing God is something to be sought after and not avoided. 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, whose lives were changed through divine encounters. Your life will be changed as well, as you encounter Him. Simply put, soaking is coming to be with our Father and soaking in the anointing oil of the Holy Spirit. We come without shopping lists, or agendas, we come only to be still and rest in His arms of love. So why not come, settle down, relax and enjoy a good long soak?

How can soaking be of benefit to me?

    • If you are spiritually dry, soaking can revitalize your spirit.
    • If you long to move more powerfully in the gifts of the Spirit, soaking can help you hear God more clearly.
    • If you are hurting inside, soaking can ease the pain.
    • If you carry responsibilities, soaking can lift your burden.
    • Looking for fresh vision and direction in life, soaking can bring it..
    • In need of the Lord's strengthening, soaking can refresh you. • Searching for an answer to a problem or situation, soaking can help you find the way.
    • Trapped by habitual sin, soaking can empower you to break free.
    • Having relational difficulties, soaking can give you new resources of grace, patience and love.
    • Wanting more intimacy in your love for your heavenly Father, soaking can take you deeper.

HOW DO I SOAK?

Although you don't have to lie down, you may sit in a chair or lie on your bed, the main thing is to be in a safe place so you can be vulnerable. Do whatever you find most comfortable. Be still and at rest, with an attitude of submissiveness and attentiveness to God - this is the most important thing. The key is to minimize distractions. Set your affection on Jesus. I like to soak while listening to intimate worship music with meaningful words that quiet my soul and help me draw near to God. As you reflect on the cross and all that Jesus has lovingly purchased for you, begin confessing your sins to Him and longing to be close to Him. After a few moments, you will become aware of the Holy Spirit's unseen presence. People experience Him in many ways: a weight upon your body, an electric tingling upon your hands or face, or a warm sensation of love going through your heart which connects you to Him. This is how you grow to love anyone, by a series of several encounters that bond you together. It is not only a rational process; your heart must be engaged. Let worship rise up inside you and give yourself to the Lord. If you become distracted - refocus on Jesus. Remind yourself why you are soaking as you listen to the worship music.

Do I just "soak" with a blank mind?

No. With your mind and heart set on Jesus express your needs to the Lord and then, by faith, give them to Him. Focus on God's love for you, not on yourself or your problems. Listen for His still soft voice speaking to your heart. Open your heart to Him. Pray a prayer that says something like: "I invite You to come and heal my heart. I give my love to you Father and I receive Your love for me. Come close and let me experience Your love." Listen to worship music and expect the Holy Spirit to come. Expect God's healing touch and love to fill you as you soak in His presence. We have God's promise that if we ask for the Holy Spirit, we will receive only the Holy Spirit. 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! (Luke 11:11-13) Give the Holy Spirit permission to work in your heart - don't try to analyze things. The Lord has no favourites, He will always give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.

How long do I soak

It takes most people at least ten minutes before they stop thinking about the day's events or future plans and come to a place of rest. So it's unlikely that you would get much out of soaking if you do it for less than fifteen minutes. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, and He wants you to enter into His rest.

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. It is not unusual for me to soak for one or two hours.

We have found that the Holy Spirit comes in waves. As you wait, another wave will come and take you deeper into His presence. So, the longer you soak the better. Keep a pen and paper handy to write things down that the Lord may speak to you, so you won't forget what He said.

How will I know when God is finished?

The more you soak the easier it will become to recognize when to stop. Often you will sense a lifting of the anointing and a reviving of energy. Remember, you will never get beyond the need for more of the Holy Spirit.

How will I know if soaking is doing me any good?

Many people feel immediate benefits such as a renewed love for the Lord, a lifting of weights or fresh energy. Often evidence of long term changes are discovered later when back in daily life.

Key Word Dictionary Definitions

Soak - to become thoroughly wet, or saturated by immersion, to drink excessively, to become drunk, to take in, to soak up. Lie Down - to place oneself or be in a prostrate position in order to rest. To accept without protest or opposition. Quiet - to be untroubled, free from activities, distractions, still, calm. Rest - to relax from exertion, or labor, repose, sleep, a pause or interval. Listen - to concentrate on hearing something, take heed, pay attention. Wait - to stay in one place, or remain inactive in expectation of something.

During previous revivals people referred to it as "waiting on the Lord" or "tarrying" as they lingered expecting God's revival blessings. Although "soaking" includes waiting on the Lord, in this present move of the Spirit it means much more than that. To "soak" in God's presence is to rest in His love rather than to "strive" in prayer. As the person receiving a touch from God begins to connect with the reality of the Holy Spirit's presence, he often responds by gently sinking to the floor or lying there.

As he rests expectantly in God's presence, often the Holy Spirit hovers over the person to reveal more of God's love and to renew and repair areas of a person's life. As the believer soaks in God's presence, the Lord takes control and begins to draw his attention to God's word either in the scriptures or through internal audible impressions or pictures he sees in his mind's eye.

Experiencing God's presence is what will cause you to love the Lord with all your heart and soul (Matthew 22:37). Humble yourself before Him. Give all your worries and cares to the Lord talking to Him about them. Pray a prayer like this:

"Lord Jesus, I invite You to come and search my heart. Come close and let me know Your love." Let worship rise up inside you and give yourself to the Lord. If you become distracted, re-focus on Jesus. Remind yourself why you are soaking and listen to the worship music.

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).

Soaking is simply resting in God's Presence, where peace, healing and empowerment abound.

For our lives and ministries to be rooted and grounded in love we need to come into God's Presence continuously. There, our ministries of advocacy and proclamation become enlivened by the Spirit, freeing us from striving and exhaustion through ministering out of our own know-how and energy.

Soaking and contemplation is making space in our lives to spend quality time with God. It is a time to tell Jesus how much we love him and hear of his love for us. It is a time when we quiet down enough to hear the words of life God wishes to whisper to us.

Soaking prayer is something you can do in your own home alone, or just with your spouse or your children or with your friends.

There is no program, no performance, no wrong or right thing to do, no expectations placed on you by others. It is very simple. Just come ... quiet down and rest in God's presence.

Scripture References:

Psalm 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Isaiah 30:15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength Psalm 131:2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Psalm 4:4 When you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Psalm 37:7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him. Luke 10:39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Isaiah 55:1-3 Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? .

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me; that your soul may live.

Hebrew 4:9-:11 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest. Psalms 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

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