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Soaking -Prayer-Worship

I recently attended a ‘Soaking’ session at Sidley Baptist Church in Bexhill-on-Sea, where the church was packed with people covering the entire floor space, sitting, lying and resting on the floor. It was in many ways a wonderful sight to see both young and old learning to be still in the Lord’s presence. I was reminded of the monastic traditions of contemplative prayer where Jesus is the source and life of such communion.

If you haven’t yet tried ‘Soaking’, I recommend you find a church near you where they practice this simple yet beautiful way of communing with the Lord. You don’t do anything, other than set your mind and heart on hearing the heartbeat of God. There is no need to speak or do anything. You simply rest and receive. It can be likened to resting in an ocean, being carried by the water without trying to swim.

Be still and know that I AM God!

Whilst worshipful music is played you physically rest in a chair (or on a pew) or by lying prostrate on the floor (with cushions for comfort), and your heart open; the Spirit immerses (soaks) your spirit in God’s love. Just as Mary sat at the feet of the master. Sadly, I am more often a type of Martha and can be seen rushing about doing this-and-that, helping, serving, striving. It’s not that these things are bad, but they distract me from being still in the Lord’s presence. There may be many needs around me, but for me to be truly useful I need to hear the word (heartbeat) of God and I cannot hear when my life is full of the rushing sounds of my doings.

To truly serve the Lord, I must hear the beat of His heart. I need to know I am loved and I need to live in that love. Then I can love Him and others in a holy, pure and profound way!

Could the call to ‘Soaking’, be a prophetic call of the Spirit to the Church (His Bride) and might it be likened to the prenuptial bathing of the bride before the marriage feast? Making herself ready?

I believe the Church is being prepared as a bride.

And yet…as I sit and type this blog… I also wonder if within this call of the Spirit, to ‘Soak’, there might be a second type of prophetic call to husbands and wives, in a day when marriages are being rent and sullied, (even in the family of believers); for married couples to seek the heartbeat of their spouse?

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:15-33)

Live Loved

Michael Daly
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September 2009

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September 25, 2009 - Posted by | Thoughts

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