What is Soaking?
The concept has been taken from old time Pentecostal
terminology for “tarrying” or “waiting” on the
Lord. But in our day it has taken more on the idea
of being immersed in the Holy Spirit. The Greek
words “baptidzo”, to be immersed or submerged into
something, is another way of saying it. When we
were baptized in the Holy Spirit it was supposed to
be an ongoing experience, not just a one-time
Soaking is a dedication: God, this is time just
Soaking is an invitation: God, do what You want
to in me.
Soaking is an expectation: Thank you, Father, for
what You are accomplishing as I rest in You. I come
to You like a little child believing that You have
good things for me.
Why do I need to soak?
There is a deep need in every one of us to be close
to God. Experiencing God is something to be sought
after and not avoided. While we base our theology
on God’s Word, our experiences with God make it all
come alive. The Bible is a book of experiences of
men and women of God throughout history, whose lives
were changed through divine encounter. Your life
will be changed as well as you encounter Him.
testimonies in soaking
Soaking in God's Presence
by Jeremy & Connie Sinnott
‘Soaking’ is a term we use for waiting on the Lord
and soaking in God’s presence. We are all good at
being a Martha but not good at being a Mary (Luke
10:38-42). Despite all the beneficial things Martha
did for Jesus and his disciples, Jesus said that
Mary had chosen the best part -- to just sit at his
feet and do nothing -- to be with Him and listen. We
call this “active rest”. Listening is the active
part. Doing nothing is the resting part.
The Lord has promised that His grace is sufficient
for all of our needs (2 Cor. 12:9). He wants to pour
into us the resources that we need for each day. As
we spend time in His presence He pours in His
strength, peace, patience, endurance, comfort and
joy. We learn to soak up everything we need from
The scriptures encourage us to strive to enter God’s
rest (Heb. 5:11). We would like to encourage you to
rest and do nothing occasionally -- to be refreshed
and renewed by simply being in our Father’s
The following is adapted from a pamphlet prepared by
Robert and Janet Pengilley from Bath, UK – used by
Soaking In God’s Presence
There are scriptures that call us to 'lie down',
'wait', 'rest', 'listen' and be 'quiet'.
do I know if I need to 'soak'?
you are spiritually dry,
soaking can revitalize your spirit.
you long to move more powerfully in the gifts of the
soaking can help you hear God clearer.
If you are looking for fresh vision and direction in
soaking can bring it.
you are hurting inside,
soaking can ease the pain.
you are about to start something new and need the
soaking can refresh you.
you are searching for an answer to a
soaking can help you find the way.
you carry responsibilities,
soaking can lift your burden.
If you are trapped by a habitual sin,
soaking can empower you to break free.
If you are having relationship difficulties,
soaking can give you new resources of grace,
patience and love.
you simply want to have more intimacy in your love
for your heavenly Father,
soaking can take you deeper.
Guide To Soaking
Find yourself a space
Make yourself comfortable - Lying down is the
easiest way to rest
down and begin to open your heart to the Lord
Listen to the worship
Let the Holy Spirit come
"Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!" Song of
do I just lie down with a blank mind?
No! Lie down with your mind set on Jesus. Give all
your worries and cares to the Lord, talk to Him
Pray a prayer that says to God something like: 'I
invite You to come and search my heart. Come close
and let me know Your love.' Let worship rise up
inside you and give yourself to the Lord. If you
become distracted then re-focus on Jesus. Remind
yourself why you are soaking and listen to the
Waiting is not simply passive inactivity; it is
(quote by Steve Smith, Father Heart Ministries,
Can I trust it is the Holy Spirit working?
These sessions are covered in prayer to create a
safe place. Give the Holy Spirit permission to work
in your heart - don't try to analyze things. The
Lord has no favorites, he will always give the Holy
Spirit to those who ask (Luke 11:11-13).
Other spirits can't come near us when the Holy
Spirit is around - expect His divine protection.
How long do I stay down for?
It takes most people at least ten minutes before
they stop thinking about the day's events or future
plans and come to a place of rest. So it's unlikely
that you would get much out of soaking if you do it
for less than fifteen minutes.
We have found that the Holy Spirit comes in waves.
As you wait another wave will come to take you
deeper into the presence of the Lord. So, the longer
you soak the better.
Once I get up can I come back for more?
Yes, it is often good to get up, have a break and
pray over things that the Lord has shown you (either
on your own or with another), write things down so
you won't forget, then return and soak some more.
Just be sensitive to others about you and move
How will I know when God has finished?
The more you soak the easier it will become to
recognize when to stop. Often you will sense a
lifting of the anointing and a reviving of energy.
Remember, you will never get beyond the need for
more of the Holy Spirit.
I have to lie down?
No, you can soak sitting in a chair if you find it
more comfortable. Being still and at rest is the
key. It aligns our bodies with our heart's attitude
of submissiveness and attentiveness to God. Lying
down helps to minimize the distractions caused by
activity in the room, and puts us into a vulnerable
position to receive from the Lord.
How will I know if soaking is doing me any good?
Many people feel immediate benefits such as a
renewed love for the Lord, a lifting of weights or
fresh energy. Often evidence of long term changes
are discovered later when back in daily life.
What if I fall asleep?
That's perfectly valid. Deep, Holy Spirit sleep is
very good for us, especially in difficult and
stressful times. (Gen. 2:21; 15:12; Dan 10:8-10;
Can I soak at home?
There is a special anointing that comes when
Christians are together in an atmosphere of worship,
however, it is recommended to 'soak' at home as
well, provided that you are undisturbed. It is
important to play intimate worship music that draws
you closer to the Lord and brings you into