What is Soaking?
Some of you may have heard the term “soaking” lately and don’t understand what it means… well you are not alone! Simply put, soaking is a process of being still usually lying down with a blanket (sometimes sitting in a comfortable chair), with the lights down low, and listening to soft Worship music that draws you into the Presence of God. It is also sometimes referred to as “Soaking Prayer”, which might not seem like prayer as we know it… but is a form of prayer. Prayer means communicating or talking with God, so as you are lying there focusing on God and not your concerns it allows the Holy Spirit to speak to us, or what I find a lot of times… just letting all my concerns and worries just melt off me and recharge my spirit and refocus on God and His priorities in my life.
You want to do this for intimacy with the Lord, not just because you want something. Build a better relationship with the Lord and learn to hear His voice. Sometimes I just want to hang out with Him… or better yet He wants to hang out with me! Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear anything from Him every time, many times just sitting in His presence will change my whole day and I don’t hear anything but I know He is with me. There are times that I don’t’ hear anything right away but after I get up and am moving around the Holy Spirit starts revealing a scripture or talks to me. I would encourage you to take an hour, or maybe two and just soak in His Presence… don’t rush out, give Him your time and just visit like you would a close friend. You can ask Him questions like “Lord, what does this mean?”, or “Lord, what are you doing in my life right now?”
How do you do it?
As I stated previously, soaking is finding a quiet place where there are no distractions, no phone, no internet, and no one that will come and bother you. Some call it their prayer closet. This could just be your bedroom when no one else is around, or a spare room in your house. I like to soak in the morning before everyone else gets up, put the lights down low and get a blanket so I stay warm, put on one of my favorite soft Worship CD’s which I give you at the end, lie down and clear my mind and only think about Jesus not my problems or anything else. Yes, you might even fall asleep and that is fine too… normally I don’t, but Jesus doesn’t mind… it is all about focusing on Him and dedicating time for Him.
Normally when I start I will simply invite the Holy Spirit by saying, “Holy Spirit come, I invite you here and welcome your Presence”. Sometimes soaking may take an hour or two when you start, so set aside the time and don’t be in a hurry. Many times after a short while I will actually feel all my cares and concerns just leaving, almost like lying in a stream on a hot summer day and having warm water wash over me cleansing me. You may not feel anything which is alright; you might feel heat, a cool breeze, or something that feels like electricity… these are all good. See when the Presence of God comes on people it can be different for everyone, so do not freak out if you actually start to feel something, as long as you are focusing on Jesus He is watching over you. Many people don’t feel anything except calm and peace which is great too. Don’t base your feelings or emotions on whether something is happening… just relax!
Where is it in the Bible?
The term “soaking” is not in the Bible, but here is one reference that was very interesting as it was explained to me.
In Sam 3:3 Samuel slept in the temple right by or around the Ark of God and one translation says “as it was his custom“, so you could say he was sleeping right in the presence of the Lord in that day. Then as we know the Lord called to him three times and each one he went to his master Eli because he didn’t know the VOICE of the Lord yet (verse 7). Each of the first two times Eli told him to go and lay down again, then when Eli realized it was the Lord speaking to him he told him to go and lay down AGAIN instead of doing anything else, but this time when he hears just say “Speak, Lord I am listening”. So the key was “LISTENING“. I find it interesting that Eli told Samuel to go and do exactly what he had been doing when he heard the voice the first two times, Eli didn’t give him anything “spiritual” to do, he said go and lay down and listen.
So what does this have to do with soaking today? Well Samuel knew where to sleep, right by the presence of the Lord and he RESTED there as his custom. To the best of my knowledge he was the only one ever recorded in the Bible that slept there. It was also interesting that he became one of the most well known Prophets of his time and he was the one that anointed David as King. Could there be a correlation there, it does make you wonder?
It was while he was lying down (or trying to sleep) in God’s presence that he heard from the Lord, and the interesting point is the third time Eli told him to go back and lie down again ,but this time say “Speak Lord I am LISTENING“.
Let your mind be still, and picture yourself sitting at Jesus feet while He is on the throne like Mary did (Luke 10:39-42). Even then Jesus said she was doing the most important thing, sitting at His feet listening!
1 Sam 3:2-11 NLT
2 One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. 4 Suddenly the LORD called out, “Samuel!” “Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” 5 He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did. 6 Then the LORD called out again, “Samuel!” Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go back to bed.” 7 Samuel did not yet know the LORD because he had never had a message from the LORD before. 8 So the LORD called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” Then Eli realized it was the LORD who was calling the boy. 9 So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, LORD, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed. 10 And the LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.” 11 Then the LORD said to Samuel, “I am about to do a shocking thing in Israel.
Recommended Soaking Music:
My ALL time favorite CD is Kim Walker “Here is my Song”!
Kim Walker, “Here is my Song”, http://www.kimwalkermusic.com/
Jesus Culture “Your Love Never Fails”, “We Cry Out”, “Everything”, “Consumed” Jesus Culture Music
Jason Upton, http://www.jasonupton.net/vision/
Kari Jobe, “Kari Jobe” (Brown Album) http://www.karijobe.com/index2.html
Grace Williams, “Fire Fall” http://www.gracegrace.com/
Soaking Sites to get FREE music to get started right away.
Soaking with a Purpose http://www.soakingwithapurpose.com/
Secret Places http://www.secretplaceministries.org/
God Bless you this day for getting this far, and may His Presence saturate you and permeate you this day, may you get as much as Jesus as you can hold and MORE! While you are soaking it is ok to say “More Jesus, I want More”.