Healing Soaking Prayer – What Is It?

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“Healing Soaking Prayer” is defined as coming into Jesus’ presence and experiencing His compassionate, healing and revelatory touch. It is resting in the healing rays of Almighty God (Hab. 3:4). His compassion heals your heart. Compassion is the "carrier wave" upon which ride His healing touch and His revelation. There you can ask for revelation concerning root causes of an infirmity, which once understood are then resolved through prayers of repentance and forgiveness. Read more about soaking here

It is intoxication in His love:  As we soak, we become intoxicated on His love. “He brought me to the house of wine and His banner over me was love (Song of Songs 2:4).” The Hebrew word used in this verse is supposed to be translated "house of wine." It has Strong’s number H3196. Out of 139 times in the Bible, it is translated “wine” 136 times.

The more time you spend in the presence of God, hearing, seeing and feeling Him, the more you become intoxicated with His love and compassion and you ascend from having little power (Rev. 3:8) to having great power (Acts 4:33). Compassion is the carrier wave upon which God’s healing power rides (Matt. 14:14; Gal. 5:6). Soak up divine compassion and extend it toward yourself and all others. Read this testimony of healing as a result of being touched by God’s compassionate love. Learn how to move into a state of "heart coherence" here.

It is resting rather than striving: We enter into His rest (Heb. 4:9,10) and steer clear of will worship (Col. 2:23 KJV) where we set our wills to accomplish. Instead, we are setting our wills to come to Jesus and watch Jesus accomplish. The easiest way to do this is to relax, put a smile on your face, look and see Jesus at your side. Then tune to flowing thoughts, flowing pictures and flowing emotions, recording them in your journal and acting upon them as instructed by the Lord. You are moving from the flesh to the spirit (Jn. 6:63), from striving to rest (Heb. 4), from frowning to smiling (merry heart), from unrest to peace (Phil. 4:7), from “seeking to please” (Col. 2:20-23) to abiding in divine love (Jn. 15), from not seeing to seeing (Eph. 1:17,18; Rev. 1:9-11; Rev. 4), from beta to alpha mind waves.

Stillness can be confirmed with an inexpensive GSR2 biofeedback unit which measures galvanic skin response. This is the amount of electrical energy on the surface of your skin, which increases as you relax, as more blood capillaries expand and more blood flows, and skin temperature warms up, causing more electrical current to flow on the surface of your skin.

It is the Spirit's power that produces miracles: Power left Jesus’ hands (Lk. 6:19). The Spirit produces life. The flesh accomplishes nothing (Jn. 6:63). So any activity that is an expression of your strength will not produce a miracle, as that is a dead work (Heb. 6:1,2). Miracles are produced by live works [i.e. works birthed by the Spirit or works which come from the Holy Spirit’s flow within (Jn. 7:37-39)]. Jesus said, “My rhemas (i.e.. spoken words) are life" (Jn. 6:63). “Life” is hearing the flowing thoughts which come from the Holy Spirit within you, as you are quieted in Jesus’ presence. So you tune to flow and you ONLY release that which the flow of the Holy Spirit directs you to do or release.

The Greek word energeo” is defined as God's power, experienced as "active, flowing energy" which accomplishes God’s works (More here). Light flashes from His (and our) hand, there where His power is hidden. (Hab. 3:4 GNB)

It is a heart experience: You are tuned to the language of your heart which is experienced as flowing thoughts, flowing pictures and flowing emotions (Jn. 7:37-39; 5:19,20,30; Acts 2:17; Gal. 5:22,23). You are receiving from the Holy Spirit as you rest in God’s presence. With controlled lineal thinking, you might, for instance, select and claim a healing verse over yourself, using the strength of your flesh to seek to accomplish a supernatural move of the Spirit. Instead we suggest that you choose to picture Jesus, as Immanuel, at your side (Acts 2:25; Ps. 16:8). You then re-focus from the strength of your flesh to the power of the Spirit (Jn. 6:63) by asking the Holy Spirit to take over this godly imagination (Eph. 1:17,18). By tuning to flow you are refocusing from your head to your heart (Jn. 7:37-39; Prov. 4:23). You can lay your hands on your belly (innermost being) to help you focus on the location the Holy Spirit flows from (Jn. 7:37-39). Praying in tongues is a great way to build up your spirit (1 Cor. 14:2,4) and to tune to your spirit.

You ask for the Holy Spirit to move upon you granting life, power and wisdom from God. You receive flowing pictures, flowing ideas and flowing emotions. You look to see His healing power as light entering you as you bask in His healing rays.

Soaking healing prayer invites Jesus’ presence. We inquire of Him and rest while staying focused on Jesus and the flow of His Spirit's wisdom, might and healing power/light which we see streaming into us.

It involves an attitude of appreciation as you thank God for the completed healing which He shows you: Ask God to give you a picture of the healing completed. View this picture throughout the day and as you drift off to sleep thanking Him for this finished work. We thank Him for what He says He is doing, or has done, even before it is present in the three dimensional world (Mk. 11:24; Col. 3:15-17; Eph. 5:20; 1 Thess. 5:18). That is part of releasing it. See a diagram and blog of what happens to your heart rhythm when you express gratitude!

Blocks are removed by the Spirit's PowerRemove blocks that would hinder God’s healing power from flowing into you by asking the Holy Spirit to bring to your mind any judgments or resentments you need to repent of.  

Search me, O God, and know my heart (Ps. 139:23).

After asking for the Holy Spirit to bring to your attention any event which occurred at the inception of this infirmity, you tune to flowing thoughts and flowing pictures which light upon your mind. What scene comes to your mind? What ideas? These are words of wisdom and words of knowledge revealing a root experience which needs to be resolved so the sickness can be healed. Process this in prayer. Repent, forgive, release, honor and bless the individual and the event. This includes yourself. Then renounce and cast out any demons in the name of Jesus which were connected to these events and receive God's healing.

The main blocks which hinder God’s healing power are:

  • Judgments against self, others and God (Negative attitudes or anger). We must forgive everything against everyone, which of course includes self (Mk. 11:25). Inner healing is inviting Jesus into the scene where the hurt occurred, and asking Him to move freely. Then tune to flowing thoughts and flowing pictures and flowing emotions, and record what He says and does. Receive His heart. Receive and affirm His perspective, and forgiveness and healing will flow effortlessly.
  • Not living in faith, hope and love (1 Cor. 13:13), but rather the opposites, as below…
  • Emotional entanglements of anger, fear, hopelessness. Let God speak to you about each of these, and show you His perspective. Journal it out. Confess your sin, receive what He reveals, and be healed.
  • Doubt that the idea which comes to you during these quiet times is really coming from the Lord, and instead believing they are just your own thoughts. In this case, rebuke the doubt and act on the idea by praying it through, repenting and removing the block. Why not? The worst that could happen is that the idea was not from God, and you just spent a couple of minutes in unnecessary prayer. How bad is that? And if it really was from God, then you have moved one step closer to full, restored health. Most of these thoughts are from God, and they do release a new level of restored health.

Increase synergy with group healing soaking experiences: A 20-minute group soaking prayer time is extremely effective as the synergy of the group moving together in the Spirit is much greater than the sum of the individual parts. Soft soaking music in the background can be facilitative. As much as possible seek to have multi-gifted prayer ministry teams which include: 1) a person who has been healed of a similar condition - as they will have faith, 2) a person who has the similar condition - as they will have compassion, 3) a prophet/seer - as they can see spiritual roots which need to be dealt with and 4) a teacher/leader - as they can help lead the healing experience. This combination provides maximum opportunity to see God’s healing graces flow.

With group healing soaking prayer as described above, I have seen some level of healing happen almost every time. It may be the person being prayed for or it may be one of those doing the soaking healing prayer. As God's grace flows through us to others, it often heals those ministering the healing.  

The client being prayed for sits in the center and the group of 2-6 people get seated comfortably around the client. They lay hands on the client, and engage in healing soaking prayer (as described in this article) for about 20 minutes. Everyone follows the flow of the Holy Spirit. There may be periods of silence, periods of praying in tongues, and periods of praying in English. By tuning to flow, there will be words of knowledge, words of wisdom and discerning of spirits which are to be acted upon as they are given. The group is praying for a release of miracles, gifts of healings, and casting out of demons. Each one sees God’s healing rays entering the client’s body through their hands (Hab. 3:4). Share testimonies afterward of any/all healings which occurred.

Maximize results by detoxing your body while you detox your heart: While detoxing your heart and spirit, detox your body also through fasting and cleanses. Some accounts show 90% of diseases put in remission through fasting. Other studies suggest 90% of diseases are psychosomatic. So if you cleanse both the heart and the body simultaneously, it would lead one to believe 95% or so of maladies would be overcome. Detoxing spirit, soul and body while praying for divine healing and basking in His compassionate love and wisdom will bring about His healing the quickest way possible. Read this testimony of healing through detoxing the body. No reason not to be nourishing your body with awesome nutrition also. Give it the tools it needs to heal itself.

Repeat daily until you reach your goal: Repeat a 20-40 minute daily healing soaking session, personally or in a group, exploring, receiving and acting upon all aspects of God’s healing power, wisdom and revelation, until you radiate complete healing. Ask and keep on asking (Lk. 11:5-13) until you receive your full healing and deliverance.

Increase revelation by sleeping on it: As you lie in bed, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the root(s) of the infirmity. You will receive a dream which you should immediately record and interpret when you awaken. In addition, during the first 30 minutes after awakening in the morning, a thought will "just come to you" concerning the root cause of the infirmity. Act on these revelations by praying through them. Principles of dream interpretation are available here.

Specific Steps of Action in Conducting Your Healing Soaking Prayer Session

  1. Become quiet in the Lord's presence - smile, worship, and focus on Jesus (Sea of Galilee soaking music can help or any other of your favorite soaking music which quiets your heart in God's presence). Actually playing soft praise and worship and soaking music in your home, car and workplace continuously is highly recommended to bring the cloud of His presence with you wherever you are.
  2. Ask, "Lord Jesus, what is the root cause of this (insert sickness)? What occurred in my life at the time of, or just before, this condition erupted?"
  3. Tune to flow and record in your journal what comes to you.
  4. Act on what the Lord has revealed by repenting and forgiving and receiving His release.
  5. Bask in His healing rays, laying your hand on the spot being healed, following His instructions. Take your time. Slow down. Speak healing in Jesus' name, over and over. Follow flowing thoughts and flowing pictures. Feel it happening. See it happening. Speak it happening. Thank Him for the healing which is springing forth. Remember this is all a heart/Spirit experience. Keep your heart involved throughout by staying tuned to flowing thoughts, flowing pictures and flowing emotions.

Testimonies of Healing Soaking Prayer

Journaling on "Soaking versus Commanding a Healing" from Kirsten Himmelberg (BSN), a Registered Nurse

I have given different people different anointings for healing. Some have anointings for certain diseases.  Some have anointings for certain methods.  Some have geographic anointings and do ministry in remote areas such as Africa.  Most of those who can command healings in My Name and get them have spent many hours in My presence in worship, prayer and fasting, are My seasoned disciples and know Me well.  Others who can command healings and get them are children and new believers that have not been polluted with religion and doubt.  And isn’t it interesting that the Christian community doesn’t want children or new believers to pray? They want to leave it to learned people who tend to not have anointings - just knowledge.

People can lose their anointing for commanding a healing if they are susceptible to self-criticism/doubt from failure.  All it takes is one failure and they get embarrassed and don’t want to try again.  I have called you to pray and leave the results to Me. Sometimes people who are healed of something in this manner can have an anointing to heal others in this manner.

Pride is a big block to the success of those who command healing in My name.  If I grant a healing and the prayer minister fails to give credit where credit is due the next time they try that the outcome is not likely to be as good.  It is so easy for those who get a healing in My name to move from joy to pride.  Then they lose their anointing.  People who have the anointing to command healings have dealt with their pride.  They immediately teach the individual that got healed that they did not do it.  They were just a vessel.  They never take credit.  I cannot stress this enough.  If you want to seek this anointing deal with your pride first.

The ungodly gift of blab is another block.  You see that a lot in various Spirit-filled churches. Just because you know the language and can quote a great prayer or verse over a person doesn’t give you an edge on healing. Like the people who were known for their many words.   And even Satan quotes Scripture.  Quoting Scripture does stir the faith of the receiver and sometimes a healing can come because their faith was stirred.

On the opposite side of the coin is the problem of vain imagination when using soaking prayer.  Vain imagination is a big issue with soaking prayer.  And that vain problem can go either way. One way is they do not picture themselves worthy enough to be healed or they do not ask for complete healings.  They are satisfied with just being better but not being completely well. The other extreme is to picture themselves well, without first identifying and repenting of the sins which contributed to the sickness.

There can also be a big problem with dealing with fruits and roots.  Some people dig through the cesspool of their past for things I have forgiven and forgotten.  Others think they can sin and get away with it, like it will not affect their health in other ways. 

New believers who do not know My Word should be very cautious trying soaking alone because they tend to need a lot of refining and their tools for discerning My voice are not keen enough to recognize vain imagination.  Those with DID should generally not do it or have highly qualified people to submit their journaling to because there are many voices in their heads and most have religious spirits that sound real.  There is a real need for discernment for these people.

Soaking is a good method to use to get through blocks and barriers.  It is a good tool for self-healing.  It is a good tool if there isn’t a prayer minister with an anointing for commanding a healing.  And this type of healing is more likely to “stick” (i.e. the person stays healed) because in this type of healing the root problem is usually exposed and made aware to the individual who can address the root problem and fruit in their life style. When a healing is commanded in My Name, sometimes the individual is not able to maintain the healing because they haven’t dealt with the root and fruit.  You have personally experienced this because your tinnitus goes away for the length of time an anointed person prays and comes right back as soon as you walk away.

On the whole, prayer ministers do not spend enough time consulting with Me before they pray.   They jump in with their own wishes and desires without addressing roots and fruits.  The Holy Spirit can help them with this if they would soak with Me before they open their mouths.  

The need for healing especially for chronic conditions is like a spider web.  There are multiple issues with tendrils everywhere.  There is the need to deal with demons, ungodly agreements, word curses, ungodly pictures, and the whole thing.  Then after the house is torn down it needs to be rebuilt, which prayer ministers rarely do.  The house needs to be rebuilt on My foundation.  There needs to be a new wineskin to keep the new wine.  New wineskins can be uncomfortable at first.  Blessings need to be placed to replace curses.  Promises to replace problems.  A new mindset needs to be built, a new language needs to be learned. Never are they to refer to themselves as a disease condition again.  Sometimes a new family needs built.   They have to give up all that contributed to their disease and become responsible.  They need to be brave enough to not get all their advice and answers from physicians but learn to come to the Great Physician.  It is a major lifestyle change.  The person needs to learn how to stand up and fight their own battle by themselves without the prayer minister.  So the prayer minister needs to be comfortable to give up their role and teach the person the prayer and method that will set them free.  Let go of the training wheels and get them up on the bike themselves.

A lot of the reason soaking works is because the method trains them how to have a new mindset and makes them more comfortable in the new wineskin which allows the healing to come and stay.  It is a method which allows them to move out of the demonic house and into the temple and get accommodated to the move.  Moves like this are a big deal for adults and take a lot of adjusting, and soaking gives their minds permission to adjust.

I really like people to soak in My presence before ministry.  Worshipful soaking can release healing without ever praying.

Journaling by Barbara Green from the assignments in Counseled by God

Lord, where do demonic negatives rule in my life? Where am I pondering and receiving thoughts that line up with the names of satan?

My child, when you pick up the spirit of accusation you are using satan’s words. When you decide you are not sure if you can do something of which I have called you to, then you are agreeing with the “I can’t” statement which satan so easily gives you. Also, when you are worrying about lacking then you are taking up with satan’s thoughts instead of mine. And yes, when you begin to say how frustrated you are – this is taking up with satan. I know you did not realize some of these things, but some of them you knew before listening and reading this lesson.

I am here to walk with you, to talk with you, to lead you and guide you along the way. I desire to be intimate with you and have communion with you on a regular basis. I want you to come to Me in such a way that your heart longs for it and lives for it. I want you to seek Me and come have union with Me. I am the One you truly need in your life. I will make it well worth your time to seek Me and love Me.

Thank you, Lord

Lord, what would you like to say to me about these verses? The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:4,5).

It is by My power that thoughts are brought down which are not of Me. There is no weapon of the world which can bring them down, only My word can truly make the changes and abolish them. Negative thoughts do keep people from hearing My voice and learning about Me. These bad thoughts keep people from truly knowing Me in an intimate way.

When the thoughts come which are not of Me, you must take the thought captive right away. Rebuke satan and replace the thought with MY words of life. My words of life will bring healing, they will bring joy unspeakable, they will bring peace which surpasses all understanding. My words will take care of you and speak into the circumstances of the day. I will take care of you, child, I will call you by name – I will lead you down this new path of thinking and learning. The path leads directly to all I have for you in life: a relationship with Me, financial needs, emotional needs, physical needs, it is all here waiting for you, My child. Come to Me and allow Me to take your hand and lead you in this new way today.

Lord, what do you want to speak to me about Holy Spirit thoughts and satanic thoughts?

The thoughts of the Holy Spirit speak life and love. They are very powerful in bringing forth My will in the earth. My words and thoughts which come to you bring heavenly transformation. They are spoken every day. My words are always going forth to bring healing and peace to My children. I speak words of love all the time to My children. The world was formed through My Word. It is upheld through the Word I am speaking. You were formed by My spoken Word. You are upheld by the Word I am speaking forth. This is how much I love you, My child. I am forever speaking words of life to you and your family.

Thoughts from the enemy are very subtle. Sometimes when you hear them, you do not know they are from the evil one. They are so, so subtle. But, I will begin to train your hearing so you will know beyond any doubts who is speaking to you. I will sharpen your hearing as you come and sit at my feet in My presence. I love you My child and desire you to be strong in Me. Come My child, I will teach you to walk in My ways.

Journal: What would you like to speak to me about these versus, Lord? Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool (Isa. 1:18). When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end (Ps. 73:16-17).

You are not to reason on your own, child, only in My presence; otherwise it is wasted effort. When people try to reason on their own, they labor and toil needlessly. They think they are doing well, only to find they really have not found the answers. The answers of Truth can only be found in Me. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He who seeks Me will find Me. He who comes to Me will learn of Me and My ways.

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