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Gary Oates: "Soaking--The Key to Intimacy with God"

By Gary Oates
Jul 12, 2006

July 12, 2006

Gary Oates: "Soaking--The Key to Intimacy with God"

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Intimacy with God begins when we radically pursue Him with our whole heart. King David wrote, "When You said, 'Seek My face,' my heart said to You, 'Your face, O Lord, I shall seek'" (Psalms 27:8). God invites us in James 4:8 to "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."

God is saying to us, "Seek my face! Draw near!" Our hearts are crying out, "YES!" But our flesh is screaming "NO!" The sad part is our flesh usually wins.

We are instructed in Psalms 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God." The wording "be still" literally means to cease from striving. It means to let go and relax, to turn down the volume of the world and listen to the quiet whisper of God. It's getting still and coming into a place of rest. It means soaking in His Presence. The result is-- you will know He is God.

The word "know" is literally an experiential knowledge of God. It's not being still and knowing about God. It's being still and knowing God experientially. You will experience God. You will know the Presence of God.

As we focus our heart, spirit, soul, mind, and body (the whole person) on His manifest Presence, we become oblivious to the natural/physical world around us.

The key is where your focus is--on the things of God or on things of this world.

Bible reading and prayer is not enough. We must take time alone with Him, not asking for anything but more of Him, more of His fullness, more of His presence in our everyday lives.

God releases power through us as we dwell in intimacy with Him. The natural outworking of His Presence is miracles.

How to Soak in God's Presence

How do we soak? We soak like a sponge. Put a dry sponge in a bucket of water and slowly the water permeates the sponge. This is the same as soaking in God's presence. The more we soak, the more we become filled with His Spirit.

I'm often asked, "What do you do in your time of seeking His presence?" I don't have a set formula. In my life, it varies from time to time, but the basic components are as follows:

First, I go into a private room, lock the door, and get on the floor before the Lord. It doesn't matter whether you sit or lie down. What's most important is the attitude of your heart.

Second, I repent of any sin in my life, and I receive God's forgiveness.

Third, I worship the Lord in both my native language (English) and in the language of the Holy Spirit.

Fourth, I do the vital prayer of Romans 6:13 that has transformed my life: "...present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God."

Fifth, I begin to recall experiences with the Lord (i.e., healings, miracles, provision) where He has manifested Himself in wonderful ways. This creates more of an expectancy and awareness of His Presence as I relive these times.

His Presence Manifests

I tell the Lord: "God, I want more of You, more of Your Presence, more of Your fullness in my life. Fill me with more of You." I may repeat this statement many times as I wait on the Lord and focus on Him.

Then, I get quiet and that's when I begin to hear His voice. Many times, I begin to have visions and supernatural experiences.

The key here is learning to wait in solitude. I cannot overemphasize the importance of me waiting on the Lord until I experience His manifest Presence daily. I don't come out of that private room until I have experienced His Presence.

During our soaking times, we position ourselves to receive impressions, nudges, quiet whispers, pictures, angelic visitations, and supernatural revelations. Here is a partial list of what to expect:

Dreams (Job 33:14-16, Genesis 28:10-16)
Visions (Daniel 7:1-3,9, Acts 16:9-10)
Trances (Acts 10:9-17, 11:5)
Out of body experiences (2 Corinthians 12:2-4)
Angelic visitations (Luke 1:11-17, 1:57, Acts 12:7-10)
Being transported in the Spirit (Acts 8:39-40)

Experiencing the true intimate Presence of the living God will radically change your life. People describe His manifest Presence in different ways. To some, it is heat, electricity, or shaking. To others, it is lightness, peace, or weeping.

Experiencing the manifest presence is not the goal, but the gateway to the supernatural realm. It's the beginning. We go into the spirit realm where we can see Him, hear His voice, walk with Him, and be empowered by Him.

Isaiah 64:4 (NASB) says God "...acts for the one who waits for Him." The Amplified version states, "God...who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who earnestly waits for Him." He's waiting on us to wait on Him.

The Cumulative Effect

Sometimes we may feel our soaking time has been unproductive. We ask, "Is it worth it?" because we see no immediate change or benefit. I realized some time ago, there is a cumulative effect that takes place when I spend time in the manifest Presence of the Lord.

From this cumulative effect, God is making a deposit into my innermost being. As I begin to give out, that anointing flows out of the deposit He had been making all along.

We must learn to come quietly into His Presence just wanting more of Him in our lives. We need to "soak in His Presence," extracting more of His fullness into those places where we are barren. The cumulative effect of spending time with the Lord will produce an increased anointing in your life. The release of that anointing will serve as a springboard to a life of miracles.

The apostle John offers believers a mind-boggling statement in 1 John 4:17, " He is, so also are we in this world."

The implication of this verse is clear--believers should be like Him. This is next to impossible without spending quality time in His manifest Presence. We will never even understand His compassionate nature for a lost and wounded humanity without regular, daily times with Him.


Intimacy with God is the simple means by which we access living in the miraculous. Spending time in His manifest Presence is the discipline we must develop to access all that God has for us. And, the cumulative effect is what happens in our anointing (or gifting) to function in healing or any of the supernatural.

God's timing has come for greater works to be accomplished among His people. Press in for more of God's Presence in your own life!

Gary Oates
Gary Oates Ministries

Gary Oates's Upcoming Itinerary:

July 18-24, 2006
Training Event for Pastors and Leaders
Manizales, Colombia
Contact: 770-505-5554 or or

August 10-25,2006
Conferences in Seoul and Pusan
Seoul and Pusan, Korea
Contact: 770-505-5554 or or

August 31-September 2, 2006
Healing the Brokenhearted Conference
Landmark Church
3737 Holcomb Bridge Road; Norcross, Georgia 30092
Contact: 770-505-5554 or or

gary oatesOpen My Eyes, Lord

"Open My Eyes, Lord"
by Gary Oates

Randy ClarkForeword to Open My Eyes, Lord: Open My Eyes, Lord, Gary Oates' new book, is one of the most exciting books I have read in a long time. It is a book about holiness and intimacy with our Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Gary's pursuit of a life of intimacy with God, and consecration to a lifestyle of holiness, has been shared with his wife, Kathi. However, their walk with God took a gigantic leap forward after Gary saw the Lord Jesus while out of his body, and both he and Kathi's eyes were also opened to see angels.

One cannot read this book without becoming hungrier for "just a closer walk with Thee" type of experience/relationship. I know that I have a holy jealousy for the intimacy I see for God in Gary Oates' life. I am no longer satisfied to be able to sense the presence of angels when they come near me. I want to see them. I want to enter into the fulfillment of a word I received over ten years ago, "I want your eyes to be opened to see My resources for you in the heavenlies, just as Elisha prayed for Gehazi's eyes to be opened."

I encourage you to read this book with an open heart and mind. As you do, agree with me in this prayer, "Open my eyes, Lord...I want to see reach out and touch tell Him I love Him. Open my eyes, Lord...I want to see. I want to see Your Heavenly resources for me. As Elisha prayed for Gehazi, for his eyes to be opened, I pray for every reader of this book to have their eyes opened; just as I pray for my own eyes to be opened. In Jesus' Name. Amen." --Randy Clark, Global Awakening Ministries

Jack TaylorI was handed the manuscript to this book...I finished it the next day."
--Jack Taylor

To order, call: 1-866-354-5245 -- Outside of the US? Call: 1-541-926-3250

todd bentley"Marinating"
Pickling in God's Presence
by Todd Bentley
Music CD

This CD is sure to take you into the glory and presence of God. Todd says he believes this is his best and most anointed CD project so far. In this recording, you will hear Todd speaking powerful soaking prayers over inspiring instrumental sounds and sweet female vocals. This CD is recorded for those who want to be saturated with the presence of the Holy Spirit, and it is for those who's hearts long for deep intimacy with Jesus.

While recording this CD, Todd experienced visions and visitations of the Supernatural Realms of Heaven. Todd and his father Dave Bentley, as well as others present in the recording studio, felt the tangible presence and anointing of the Lord in a new and exciting way. The tangible presence and anointing is definitely captured on this special recording.

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the lost art of practicing his presencethe golls"The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence"
by James W. Goll


Your heart has been created for the Presence of God, and it is not complete without His Presence living within. Nay-sayers try to convince you that His Presence is elusive and subjective, but their voice is silenced by the desire yearning from within for a union with your Lord and Creator.

As a credible response for those who want to fill that inner void with His perfect union, The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence was written. Author James Goll's own journey into His Presence has brought him face-to-face with angels and the Lord. Jim has heard His voice and has moved in His Presence for many years, carefully recording what he now shares with you. Joyfully, you will discover how the Lord covets union with you as much as you seek His Presence. You will also:

  • Discover the delight of quiet meditation.

  • Learn to wait and to watch with your Lord.

  • Experience the joy of contemplative prayer.

  • Understand the fire of His love.

  • Learn about the journeys of others who have sought and found the sweetness of His Presence.

The wisdom contained in this book will give you moment-by-moment confidence and hope as you journey toward the joy and pleasure of His Presence.

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