How many words do you need to use when you pray? Does a long prayer show we are more sincere? In reality, God is not impressed with our words. He is looking straight into our hearts.
Several years ago I had come to a place in life where I was so desperate for God and so needy that my prayers became only two words. “Help us.” “Please God, protect us.” I knew God was acutely aware of our situation. God knew more about it than I did so I did not need to tell him every detail. I was also driven to “two word prayers”, because sometimes a long prayer could be my cover for giving God my instructions and telling God what He should do. That is never a good idea. God is God. We should never presume to tell Him how He should answer our prayers.
Here is what I wrote previously about “Two Word Prayers.”
Recently another two word prayer has entered my life. This prayer came to me when reading about Jesus healing a man who was deaf and mute. The exact words are these “Be opened!”
In this miracle, a man is deaf and mute. We know from Matthew 17:29-31 that
“Great crowds came to Jesus, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.”
Yes, there were great crowds and Matthew simply wrote, “Jesus healed them.” Yet of this exact same time and place, Mark wrote about only one. Why did Mark choose this one ~ the deaf and mute man?
I believe Mark chose to give us every detail of this particular healing because of the words Jesus used, “Be open.” These are powerful words. It meant that one who had been previously deaf, could now hear. It meant that one who could not speak could now speak and praise God.
This two word prayer can be our prayer today. These words are significant.
Jesus looked up to heaven
and with a deep sign
said to him, “Be opened.”
OUR PRAYER: Be opened.
Ask God to open your ears so that you are no longer deaf to His voice. Ask God to open your mouth so that you are able to speak plainly.
The Bible says that “some people brought to Jesus a man who was deaf and mute.” Be the one who brings someone to Jesus in prayer and beg him to place His hand on them that their ears will “be opened” to the voice of God.
English/Chinese translation: Mark 7:31-37
|And again he went out from Tyre, and came through Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the country of Decapolis.
|And they came to him with one who had no power of hearing and had trouble in talking; and they made a request to him to put his hands on him.
|And he took him on one side from the people privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he put water from his mouth on the man’s tongue with his finger;
|And looking up to heaven, he took a deep breath, and said to him, Ephphatha, that is, Be open.
|And his ears became open, and the band of his tongue was made loose, and his words became clear.
|And he gave them orders not to give news of it to anyone; but the more he made this request, so much the more they made it public.
|And they were overcome with wonder, saying, He has done all things well: he even gives back the power of hearing and the power of talking to those who have been without them.
|耶 稣 又 离 了 推 罗 的 境 界 ， 经 过 西 顿 ， 就 从 低 加 波 利 境 内 来 到 加 利 利 海 。
|有 人 带 着 一 个 耳 聋 舌 结 的 人 ， 来 见 耶 稣 ， 求 他 按 手 在 他 身 上 。
|耶 稣 领 他 离 开 众 人 ， 到 一 边 去 ， 就 用 指 头 探 他 的 耳 朵 ， 吐 唾 沫 抹 他 的 舌 头 ，
|望 天 叹 息 ， 对 他 说 ， 以 法 大 ， 就 是 说 ， 开 了 吧 。
|他 的 耳 朵 就 开 了 ， 舌 结 也 解 了 ， 说 话 也 清 楚 了 。
|耶 稣 嘱 咐 他 们 ， 不 要 告 诉 人 。 但 他 越 发 嘱 咐 ， 他 们 越 发 传 扬 开 了 。
|众 人 分 外 希 奇 ， 说 ， 他 所 作 的 事 都 好 ， 他 连 聋 子 也 叫 他 们 听 见 ， 哑 吧 也 叫 他 们 说 话 。