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John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Fall 2003
Value of Soaking
Stan Smith

Recently, an old practice has resurfaced under a new name: “soaking.” “Soaking” is the practice of becoming still before the Lord, usually with worship music playing in the background, simply to linger in His presence with no other agenda than to be with Him. It is a style of prayer that focuses on “intimacy” rather than goals, on “being” rather than doing.

In my background, we often engaged in “waiting on the Lord;” a practice similar to soaking, but without music. This seems to be an adaptation of “tarrying for the Spirit,” during the early days of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as people would tarry at the altar and wait for a genuine encounter with the Lord.

All three of these practices have much in common. They steer us away from our prayer agenda, and put us in a posture of seeking the Lord’s agenda. They assume that we are willing to be patient and inconvenienced, as we await the Lord’s timing. All three are disciplines that enlarge our capacity to flow with the Holy Spirit.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways," says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9.

It would be tragic for us to approach the Lord each day in prayer, year after year, without somehow letting Him lift us from the narrowness of our thoughts, into the greatness of His. “Soaking” is a process in which we exchange our thoughts for His. It is prayer that focuses, not on asking, but on beholding. It sets us up for a lifestyle born of who He is.

It is a form of repentance. As we soak, we put our hearts on the altar before God, trusting Him to reshape us, as a potter shapes the clay. Slowly but surely, His presence changes the way we think, as we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.

There is no substitute for our spending time in the Lord’s presence. This is the purpose of “soaking.”

A study of revivals show us that people often spent long periods of time in prayer, and in waiting on the Lord. This is being done today as we spend time “soaking” in His presence. During these prolonged times spent in His presence, we are “sowing” to the Spirit. It is always costly to the natural man, and by Adam’s standards, it is inefficient.

Yet in a larger sense, it is the most efficient thing we can do. These times of “soaking” in His presence do not produce quick results, but rather, lasting ones. Jesus commanded us to abide in Him, adding that it will cause us to bear “fruit that remains.” So often, our quick successes crumble quickly. But, the abiding life - a life that “waits” and “soaks” in God's presence, will produce fruit that will stand in eternity. There is nothing we can do that is more efficient, than to linger in the Lord’s presence.

There is a contemplative element to “soaking.” It is a proactive form of an “abiding,” which changes us, enlarging our capacity for God. Also, it will enable us to perceive God-given opportunities.

Many have found a new richness and power in spiritual gifts through “soaking.” Others are finding a new sense of an “open heaven,” as they go against the current of modern life to linger in the Lord’s presence. Spiritual experiences that have been uncommon throughout church history are becoming commonplace, today.

May I challenge you to make room for “soaking” in your church services. And also, to make room for “soaking” in your personal prayer life. Take time just to be in the Lord’s presence. Make sure that this is a time in which there is no agenda - a time mainly for beholding, not of asking.

While your outer man is still, your inner man will come alive to the things of God. There is no substitute for spending time in the presence of the Lord. Then, when the time comes for our lives to be on display, others will realize that we have been with Jesus.



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