Day 1 of 7

Ephphatha


Mark 7:33-35

33And taking him aside from the crowd [privately], He thrust His fingers into the man’s ears and spat and touched his tongue;34And looking up to heaven, He sighed as He said, Ephphatha, which means, Be opened!35And his ears were opened, his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak distinctly and as he should.

My Lord, let me be opened.

Let my ears hear my heart, for you are there. It is dark here, like the fog in the air it is everywhere.

My Lord, let me be opened.

Let my eyes see my heart, for with your light I find my way. The cold is thick, your light gives me warmth and brightens the day.

My Lord, let me be opened.

Let my mind not wonder, for I will surely fall. This pit is endless and oh so big, the floors are slippery but with your grasp I shall cling to this wall. I shall not fall, I shall not fall.

Luke 17:20-25

20Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display,21Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].22And He said to the disciples, The time is coming when you will long to see [even] one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see [it].23And they will say to you, Look! [He is] there! or, Look! [He is] here! But do not go out or follow [them].24For like the lightning, that flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His [own] day.25But first He must suffer many things and be disapproved and repudiated and rejected by this age and generation.


Getting the most from God's Word

As you embark on this Journey, here are four steps to invite God's Word to challenge and encourage you.

  1. Pray

    Pray with focus and openness to see what God has for you. God, connect with me here, as I seek You in your Word.

  2. Read

    Read the selected section of scripture slowly. Take note of intriguing words and phrases. Read them a second time.

  3. Reflect

    Reflect on what strikes you as you read. What does this passage of Scripture teach you about God's values?

  4. Respond

    Respond to the passage. Speak to God directly about what's on your mind and hear. Look for ways to live out what you've uncovered.