‘Be still and know that I am God…’ Psalm 46:10
Every once in a while, I remember doing something that gave me enormous pleasure. I was looking out at the sea recently. It was beautifully calm. I began thinking about when I used to just lie on the water and float. On a few occasions I discovered I have drifted a little way off to where I started from. This is a similar feeling I experience when I am soaking in God’s presence.
In this blog I would like to share about soaking in His presence because it is such a vital part of my everyday life and something will always happen.
What is Soaking?
For me soaking is the practice of finding a quiet place to spend time with God, emptying my mind of all distraction and attempting to get into contact with the Holy Spirit
‘Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.’ Psalm 37:7.
When we soak in God’s presence, we are in a place of rest as we wait upon Him. Soaking in the Lord, while similar to tarrying, has an emphasis on rest in His love and receive in faith, as opposed to striving and crying out to God.
How do I soak?
I have been asked at times, “What do you do in your time of soaking in His Presence?”
I don’t have a set formula. It varies from time to time, but here constant components I have discovered:
- Find a comfortable place; You may want to lie down, you may sit, the main thing is to be in a safe place, so you can be vulnerable.
- Settle down and open your heart to the Lord; I like to reflect on the cross, As I reflect on the cross and all that Jesus has lovingly purchased for me I begin confessing my sins to Him and longing to be close to Him. After a few moments, I become aware of the Holy Spirit’s unseen presence.
- Relax and just enjoy being still; Soaking is a discipline to become still before God and knowing He is God. I soak in His presence not to just receive from Him, but spend precious time with the Heavenly Father and to feel what He feels and to see what He sees. Becoming still in His presence helps me learn more about the Father and encounter Him.
- Listen to worship music and invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you; For me it is usually listen to instrumental music. I let the melodies and meaningful words soak through my being. This quiets my soul and help me draw near to God. It helps to play worship music while we are soaking. Music sets the atmosphere and worship music opens our heart and causes our spirit to rise in adoration. Worship is His love call to all saints to simply love and adore Him. I found I experience a richness of His presence in even greater degrees.
- Invite the Holy Spirit to soak you in His presence; Pray and surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ – body, mind and soul;
- Focus on the Lord’s presence within you; Remember, soaking is about ‘being’ with God, not ‘doing’ things for God. There should be no agenda. Just ‘be’ with God, communing with your loving Father.
- Set your affection on Jesus; It is not only a rational process; your heart must be engaged.
- Become a sponge; Put a dry sponge in a bucket of water and slowly the water permeates the sponge. This is the same as soaking in God’s Presence. The more we soak, the more we become filled with His Spirit. We actually function best when we are saturated through with God’s presence. We take on God’s flavour or nature. We need times of being fully surrounded by God’s presence, to recalibrate our body, mind and emotions to the atmosphere of heaven. God wants us to be transformed into the image of His Son and carry his fragrance and flavour.
As we soak in the presence of the Lord, something is happening. Sometimes He will fill us with His love and we respond with a heart of love. Other times He will heal a deep wound. He may empower you for ministry, or reveal a ministry calling. Often the Lord takes control and begins to draw attention to God’s Word either in the scriptures or through internal audible impressions or pictures seen in our mind’s eye.
Soaking for me helps bring me to a place of intimacy with God. Take a few moments to soak in His presence, delighting in and adoring the Lord.
May God richly bless you.