How to SOAK in Prayer
Maybe you have heard of the term, SOAKING, but if not, soaking is a presence-driven relational encounter to know God’s heart better. Prayer is intimacy with the Father, and we get that, isn’t it amazing? This season, actually this year has driven me to new levels of prayer. Asking Him, “Lord, what are you up to? What is happening? What would you have us to do?” His promises haven’t changed. His load didn’t increase. He’s here. He’s waiting and He is the only one who is going to bring calm to this storm. Relationship with the Lord is the only thing that will drive purpose to this season, provision in the midst of hopelessness, strength in the midst of grief, and joy amid circumstances.
Isaiah 64:4 says God “…acts for the one who waits for Him.” The Amplified version states, “God … who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who earnestly waits for Him.” In other words, God is waiting on us to wait on Him.
How to Soak
“Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9, NLT)
Find a quiet, uninterrupted place. Allow your mind to work through any thoughts until they are gone, continue turning your attention back to the Holy Spirit. Some people play soft instrumental music. Others bring a journal to quiet their mind and record what the Lord shares with them.
1- Repent for your sins and reflect all that Christ did for you on the cross.
2- Worship the Lord as you pour out gratitude for His love, His faithfulness, and His provision in your life.
3- Ask Him- “Lord, I want to be close to you. Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”
4- Receive. This time may look like hearing His voice, or a vision He’s giving you, or a prompting He is laying in your spirit. It’s relational, so there is no wrong way, just receive it, write it down and rest in it.
The Difference Between Soaking and Praying
It’s natural to pray when we need something. We come with our list of things that we want, need, and are waiting for. This isn’t bad, but it’s only one part of the relationship. We could think of this in a marriage if all we did for our husband was tell him what we needed from him, what we wanted him to do for us. There is nothing relational there, just a feel-good moment when the answer is yes.
The Message’s version of Matthew 11:28-30, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
How fitting for this season of life we are in. “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” God does not burden us. His character never overwhelms us with the fret, worry, anxiety, fear, or confusion. The world will. Social media will ignite fear, division, and frustration. Satan uses people, and systems all day every day to distract us from the heart of the Father and to drown out the silence so we can’t hear His voice. Our enemy uses attempts to distract us to where we miss building the relationship, establishing trust, peace, and rest.
Do not let the enemy steal this from you. The first time or 5 times you try it, celebrate that you are pursuing God and trust that He is working in you. He knows your heart and best of all, He desires you. No negative thoughts, release them, and find rest in the Father.
A great resource for more information is, Finding Father by A.J. Jones.
You are loved. and worthy of love! Rest in His voice. Find peace in His promises!
You are a Catalyst Woman.