Yesterday, I said I don’t believe all time spent in prayer communion with God must necessarily involve heavenly visions. It’s about Him, not about what glorious visions we can get out of Him.
Again: It’s about Him, not about what glorious visions we can get out of Him. Repeat: It’s about Him.
I am not sure that this is always very well understood among soaking prayer enthusiasts. I hear people say that soaking prayer is important because it is the open door to receiving revelation (which, I will add, we desperately need). But if our whole purpose in soaking is to receive revelation, then we have erred into worshipping the revelation, rather than worshipping the Living God Who so much desires to give us the revelation. It’s like the big engagement ring diamond being more important than the lover who gave it. Not a pretty way to be!
The lover, Jesus, must be the desired end of why we soak. Communion with Him is what He wants us to have. It does not matter if we do not receive heavenly visions every time we soak. What matters is that we take time to be with Jesus. I have several friends who prefer to call soaking “basking in the Lord’s Presence.” I like that way of phrasing it.
I know a couple of people who are obsessed with soaking. They do not read their Bibles, other than to use a verse to launch themselves into soaking. They do not spend much time in intercessory prayer. They do not want to participate in corporate worship when the Church gathers together. They only want to soak, whether at home or abroad. They are not balanced believers. It shows in the rest of their lives.
I think both the obsession with soaking and the idolizing of revelation will balance out among soakers at some point. When God puts new and fresh emphasis on real truth, people usually stray some to the right hand and to the left for awhile. New moves of God generally have some wrinkles to iron out. But God somehow sees to it that the central truth prevails in the end. That’s where I believe the soaking craze will end up — in balance and truth.
Next time: Soaking prayer dogma. Be prepared for a bit of humor.