Do you practice soaking? Do you even know what I mean when I say that soaking is one of the greatest spiritual disciplines in my opinion? I know that many churches don’t teach it and yet for me it is so powerful and has so many benefits. I aim to do it for about half an hour a day, preferably in the morning, and although I don’t always manage it, it can make a huge difference to my day when I do.
Soaking is when you put together a play list of worship songs that can play automatically and then you just lie there quietly trying to focus on the words of the songs and what God is telling you – don’t pray, don’t journal, just listen at this time. So often in our relationship with God we get used to just talking but never listening. This is a time when you just listen and let God speak to you.
I suggest about 15 minutes to half an hour at a time (more if you can afford it) as for the first few minutes (sometimes longer) you might find that your mind is very distracted and not really listening to what God is trying to tell you or focussing on the words of the songs. Then hopefully before the 15mins-half an hour is up you would have managed to bring your thoughts under control and would have heard something that God is trying to say to you.
It is also important the type of songs you choose: I have a few soaking playlists that I put together on Youtube but they all contain mainly quiet, worship songs although some of them may be slightly louder worship songs. I think it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to soak to christian metal though and definitely no secular music (for this time anyway, I do listen to secular music at other times though).
Some of the songs I have on my soaking playlists are:
- In His Time (since God is often telling me to wait and this helps encourage me in the waiting)
- Hear my Heart by Sheri Easter
- He Will Carry you
- Trust in You by Lauren Daigle
- On my knees by Jacqi Velasquez
- Because He lives I can face tomorrow
- You are my hiding place
- Good, good Father by Casting Crowns
- Oceans by Hillsongs
I have quite a few others but already this should give you more than enough to put together a good soaking time. For me the benefits of soaking are that it can make my day so much more peaceful and God speaks to me through it about all sorts of things I am going through. At times I end up in tears as I release some of the struggles I have been dealing with and let God bring me healing. Although you can’t journal while you soak I strongly recommend a time of journalling just after that so that you can keep a record of what God is doing and not forget what He has told you during this time (I will cover journalling tomorrow). I have also found that soaking can be a great springboard to prayer and have often gone straight into a time of prayer after soaking because as I am soaking God brings to mind things I need to pray into and my prayer life has been enriched by soaking as well.
If you have never practiced soaking before then I strongly recommend you give it a try. If it’s been a while since you’ve done it then I encourage you to do it again. God is longing to spend more time with you.