Soaking & Rest
What is Soaking?
Soaking is not a new concept, but we are rediscovering it after so much of the modern life and contemporary noise has invaded our world, home, church meetings and our church life.
Taking time to simply be quiet for a few minutes in a day could demand planning and discipline. But what if we would simply "show up" and be silent before God, letting Him pour over us His affection, letting Him reveal our own hearts to ourselves, and as we do, finally learn to become familiar with God's language? In turn, we could just respond by whispering, "Father, I am here to be with you, I let go, I will do, work in me, heal, save, restore..." And so we have learned to just stay put, open our hands, close our eyes, and receive prayer, experiencing the most amazing and deepest of changes: forgiveness, healing, renewed strength, visions, commissions, confirmations & affirmations from the Father...
I use the term "soaking" as being that which we do when we lay down before the Lord, soaking in His Spirit and love. Adding candle lights and the fragrance of our praying hearts lifts up before Abba Father like a sweet perfume. Our main goal is
- to meet with Him,
- to have people pray over us in a non-interfering way,
- to let ourselves become immersed in the sounds of soothing music pouring over the room as the anointing is being released and
- to experience God; to have an encounter with Him.
Rest is not only an external state, but it is also an internal experience. Jesus says..."I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled ro afraid." (John 14:27, NLT)
The promise of entering God's rest still stands; let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. There is a special rest still waiting for you. For all who have entered into God's rest have rested from their labors, just as God did, so do your best to enter that rest. (Hebrews 4:9-11)
Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28, NLT) For we who have believed enter that rest.