Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, he came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. (Mark 7:31)
Jesus, please come through this region and diocese. Visit us with your word and your Spirit. Light the fires of revival among us. Help us know your Father’s love for us.
Then they brought to him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged him to put his hand on him. (Mark 7:32)
Lord, so many are deaf to your word and are intimidated into not speaking of you: open our ears and our mouths.
And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers in his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. (Mark 7:33)
Jesus, take us aside with you; open our ears and loose our tongues to speak of you and praise you.
Then, looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” (Mark 7:34)
Jesus, speak that word of opening to us as well.
Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. (Mark 7:35)
Holy Spirit, open our ears to your word and help us speak it plainly.
Then he commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more he commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. (Mark 7:36)
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:1.7b) Father, please help us know the times to speak and the times to be silent and do each at your bidding.
And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” (Mark 7:37)
Jesus, you do all things well. Thank you.
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; 2 Samuel 5:1-12 Acts 17:1-15 Mark 7:24-37
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; 2 Samuel 5:22-6:11 Acts 17:16-34 Mark 8:1-10Proper 13