Friendship with The Lord

To be overwhelmed by God is the core experience in soaking. As we gaze upon His majesty and beauty, we are overwhelmed with His greatness and His goodness. In that place, all the noise and concerns around us, fades.

The moment He comes to reveal Himself more, He lifts the veil of our spiritual eyes and we see clearly who He is to us and who we are in Him. Oh what a joy to be in the presence of God!

Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent. Exodus 33:11

Why didn’t Joshua leave the Tent of Meeting with Moses? I would like to believe that he actually got soaked with the presence of God and he loved it. By watching Moses, he had seen what intimacy with God could do to a man. I believe his desire went deeper than just to have his face shine like Moses’. 

He had tasted the sweetness of His presence, His glory, His nearness and he couldn’t get enough of Him. And so he stayed a little bit longer. He loved His presence and wanted more of Him. This is what compelled him to stay in the presence of God.

Psalm 27:8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

The goal of soaking prayer is communion and intimacy. It is coming to God face to face. The focus is God and not self. We come for God Himself, and not to ask for answers to our needs. Intimacy necessitates deep communion, and communion requires sharing of intimate thoughts and feelings. 

Developing intimacy with God warrants time. It takes time to go deep. Communion is taking the time to search His heart and allowing our hearts to be yielded and open to His inner workings. As we align our hearts to His, we hear His voice and experience Him deeper. 

Jesus calls us His friends. More than obedience, ultimately, it is relationship that He desires from us. When we gaze upon Him, we see the face of a Friend.

In intimacy, He reveals to us His secrets and He gives us keys to the Kingdom of God. As we read through the Bible we begin to see nuggets of wisdom and revelation as if suddenly we have been given a new set of glasses. We can read the same passage again and again and new things are still being revealed. 

This is because our Friend lifts the veil and reveals to us His marvelous secrets. When we gaze upon Him, we see the face of a friend. I want to challenge you to take time with the Lord this week, soaking in His presence. Spend time in His word and let Him reveal Himself to you. I’ll leave you with some questions to consider and to help you to process this idea:

  1. Do you have the revelation of how much Father God really loves you? If so, when did you receive that revelation?
  2. What lifestyle changes do you need to make to ensure your relationship with God is being nourished through soaking prayer?
  3. Are there distractions keeping you from being completely overwhelmed by God? What steps are you going to take towards removing them?
  4. What are your goals for soaking prayer? Is it to strengthen your relationship with God? Deeper intimacy?

Meditate on the fathering love of God with this scripture:

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.  Ps 8:3-6

Ask the father to develop in you a heart of intimacy.

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