Title: Soaking in the Presence of God (Part 1)
Reference Verse: Isaiah 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.
Soaking is essentially being still and basking in God’s Presence. Termed ‘waiting on the Lord’ in the Old Testament, something happens when we wait upon Him: we connect with the Holy Spirit and are being fed with the fruit of His presence.
This divine exchange of His presence for our quietness and His nature instead of our weaknesses, happens because we are in a posture of surrendering.
Waiting doesn’t mean doing nothing, it is rather allowing our spirit to ascend in a place of rest just like the disciples and the 120 believers in Acts 1 and 2. Acts speaks of them present in the upper room at a prayer meeting that lasted several days. As a result of their soaking in God’s presence, tongues of fire rested on each of them and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.
We must ask God to silence our heart and mind because we live in a culture that is constantly plugged in which causes us not to hear Jesus. Soaking is something that can be done privately as it is the only way to hear Jesus. We must practice to seclude ourselves by going back into our prayer closet and to close it from all distractions.
After Jesus preaches and do miracles and wonders, He often withdrew to secluded mountains and prayed.
It is in times of rest that we receive refreshing and strength from God.
Summary text by Camille Quintela