Summary: Your abundance, your every need is at the feet of Jesus!
Be Still And Know Jesus
“Be still and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.” Psalm 46:10
We all need to be filled up with the presence and love of Jesus. Then we will love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. We will be impelled by the love of Christ to give away the Father’s love to all we meet. Christians who first soak in the presence of Jesus will outperform others by about 10-1. The power of the love of God will carry them on the wings of the Holy Spirit. It won’t be a work to them. It will be a labor of love. They will not tire and burn out.
Judson Cornwall, in his book, Let Us Draw Near, words it so well when he explains soaking saying, "God’s presence is a radiating energy that can be absorbed. It is not fast acting; it takes quite a while to soak in. As priests were exposed to God’s presence day and night for a full week in the tabernacle, they were charged with the glory and the presence of God."
One of the greatest benefits of soaking prayer is receiving the love of God again and again. Francis MacNutt said "soaking through to the core of something dry that needs to be revived, takes time. Soaking prayer invites the love of our heavenly Father to seep into the painful core issues of our lives and bring healing and renewal. There have been countless testimonies from those who have had deep experiences of the Father’s love while being filled with the Spirit."
The Father is seeking quality relationships with His children. His children are frequently too caught up in the rat race of doing. His purpose includes giving us everything we need, but our greatest need is high quality time soaking in His presence, just being. Our Father is very pro-active in His search for worshippers. He is seeking you! All we need to do is show up and shut up. Our Father will do the rest. He will do all the "heavy lifting."
He will fill your heart with love, awe and amazement. But we need to be patient and persevere, remembering that we are instant people. Our tendency is to try it and if there are not instant results, we throw the towel in and quit. God’s timetable and ours are two different animals. He is in no rush. We definitely are!
The word of God says: "I have stilled my soul, hushed it like a weaned child. Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap, so is my soul within me (Ps 131:2.) But the devil comes along and knowing that an intimate relationship with Jesus will break his influence on us, tells us that our greatest need is to get more done!
A comfortable place of solitude, where there are no distractions is a necessity. Maybe early in the morning when the whole world seems quiet, gazing at a crucifix from your favorite chair or watching the sun come up. Listening to a worship CD can be helpful. However solitude is key, without it intimacy will not happen. When we are soaking with Jesus, the scripture "All of us, gazing on the Lord’s glory with unveiled faces are being transformed from glory to glory into his very image by the Lord who is the Spirit" becomes a reality.