What is soaking?
To soak in God's presence is to rest in His love, rather than to
"strive" in prayer. As you rest expectantly in God's presence, often
the holy Spirit hovers over you to reveal more of God's love and to
renew and repair areas in your life. Gentle and intimate worship
music will help you to quiet your soul and to bring you closer to
How do I know if I need to soak?
If you are spiritually dry, soaking can revitalise your
If you long to move more powerfully in the gifts of
the Spirit, soaking can help you hear God clearer
If you are looking for fresh vision and direction in life,
soaking can bring it
If you are hurting inside, soaking can ease the pain
If you are about to start something new and need the Lord's
strengthening, soaking can refresh you
If you are searching for an answer to a problem or situation,
soaking can help you find the way
If you carry responsibilities, soaking can lift your
If you are trapped by habitual sin, soaking can empower you
to break free
If you are having relationship difficulties, soaking can give
you new resources of grace, patience and love
If you simply want to have more intimacy in your love for
your heavenly Father, soaking can take you
How can you 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. Set your affection on Jesus.
You might like to
soak while listening to intimate worship music with meaningful words
that quiet your soul and help you 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
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.
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, then re-focus on Jesus. Remind yourself why you
are soaking and listen to the worship music.
How long do I continue to soak?
It usually takes about fifteen minutes to quiet the business of
life and enter into rest. But Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, and
He wants you to enter into His rest. The fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy and peace, so we need to take quality time with Him. 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.
Occasionally people can become quite emotional during soaking
prayer. God may want to touch deep places in the heart. There are
often areas of past wounding where we are very reluctant to go. That
is often the very place that the Lord wants you to revisit so that
He can bring freedom and healing to areas of fear and pain. It
is helpful to have friends and even experienced ministry people in
the room so they can love you through this and help reassure you to
go ahead in faith in order to, so as to bring closure to these
Do I have to lie down?
No, you can soak sitting in a chair, if you find it more
comfortable. Being still and at rest is the key. Some people find it
easier to surrender themselves when they lie down on the floor. It
can even happen that you fall asleep. That's perfectly valid.
Deep, holy Spirit sleep is very good for us, especially in difficul
and stressful times. See Genesis 2:21, Daniel 10:8-10 and
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.