Recently, a friend commented to me about her disappointment when a dire situation suddenly arose in her family. She had just learned to live life without expecting the other “shoe to drop” and then it did. You must understand that this was not a casual or superficial complaint; this friend has faced her share of circumstances which would cause many of us to take one look, and run quickly in the opposite direction. Continue reading
By Pam Watson
Rest / Waiting On The Lord / Tarrying / How To Soak In Prayer Before The Lord
Psalm 37:7 “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.”
This essentially is what “soaking” is. When we soak in God’s presence, we are in a place of rest where we wait upon Him. The old timers spoke of tarrying. This is where they would spend long hours waiting on the Lord. Many times however they were waiting to be filled with the Holy Spirit and their waiting was more a form of pleading and trying to get to the place where they felt ready to receive the Holy Spirit. Fortunately we have gained more understanding of the Word and the heart of God and know that the Lord desires to pour out His Spirit upon us. Soaking in the Lord therefore, while similar to tarrying, has an emphasis on rest and receiving by faith, as opposed to striving and crying out to God.
Saturated With God
To soak something, is more than a five minute dip. It is allowing it to become saturated and full of what it is soaking in. If you take a cucumber and place it in vinegar and spices for a few minutes, then eat it, it still tastes like cucumber. But if you take that cucumber and soak it in that solution for a couple of weeks it no longer tastes like cucumber – it has become a pickle. It has taken on the flavour of that solution.
Soaking involves becoming saturated with God so that we take on God’s flavour or nature. Too often we “taste” of flesh. But God wants us to be transformed into the image of His Son and carry his fragrance and flavour.
Transformed From Glory To Glory
2 Cor. 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
When we soak in God’s presence, we begin to behold Him. As we do, we become like Him. Soaking in God’s presence enables us to behold the Lord. We cannot do this and remain the same. We are changed from glory to glory and transformed to be more like Him.
Waiting on the Lord
Is. 40: 31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
This familiar verse reveals that something happens when we wait on God. Who He is, starts to get on us and in us. This divine exchange of His strength for our weakness and His ability instead of our frailty and inadequacy, happens because we spend time waiting on Him.
Many of us have experienced this in our day to day lives. When we spend time with the Lord in the mornings our day is empowered. As we soak in God’s presence this effect is intensified..
Pam Watson pastor Pursuit church in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and Soaking.Net musician Ray Watson.
by Stephen Bennett (2006)
Read the latest Who, OK, or other daily or weekly magazine, and you’ll find ever increasing stories of rich, famous media people, with quickly annulled marriages, and other relationship problems: the bed-hopping, drug and alcohol abuse, anorexia, bulimia, and other dysfunction’s, are an endless list.
There is a great searching going on in the creative worlds – beyond the fame, the glory of the silver screen, the lights, and stage. Continue reading
Painting a canvas till it disappears and reveals the painter;
Tuning sounds and rhythms with silence,
So music can breathe, incarnated;
Morphing its visible and tactile energy,
The sculptor bends matter to will a new form
Defying its primal essence;
Exposed to the elements,
The writer’s soul pays dearly
With every pen stroke,
The gift of naming beyond words;
Pulsating from grace and gravity,
Rest and movement reveal
The still point of dance…
O u t o f s i l e n c e e m e r g e s t h e u n s p o k e n…
From the dark waters of the soul,
The self, at times deceivingly evanescent,
Projects unto the screen of awareness an image of itself
Wrestled from the creative forge of light and sound,
Merging time, space, ether and matter,
Into the living substance of an experience.
From the clear waters of the abiding spirit,
Intently peering into the soul of God,
A divine reflection settles,
And from a revelation of essence
The human soul is defined
As it soaks the Embrace:
Destined for glory,
Our earthly journey appears in a new light,
We behold perfection
And glimpse into the womb of eternity.
Andre Lefebvre – June 2004