Be Opened is a letter from the President of Derrick Prince Ministries. I felt compelled to share this very important message with you which speaks about the need to Be Open to God in mind, body and soul.
One of the character traits I admired most about Derek Prince (the complete list would be far too long to include here) was his openness to the Lord. His attitude always seemed to be, “Let’s stay open to what the Lord wants to do right now.”
I remember one time when I was leading worship at a meeting where Derek was to be the speaker. My eyes were closed as I led from the keyboard in front of the large audience just before Derek’s message. So you can imagine that I was somewhat startled to suddenly feel a gentle tap on my shoulder. When I opened my eyes, there stood Derek right beside me. Very quietly, he said to me, “I think we need to be silent before the Lord.” I brought the song to an end and turned the microphone over to Derek, who said, “Let’s just wait before the Lord in silence and be open to what He would say to us right now.”
That moment seemed to typify the relationship Derek had with the Lord—he was always wide open to what Jesus wanted to do and say in his life. I believe this perpetual attitude enabled him to successfully fulfill God’s call upon his life.
Derek seemed to be continually open to the adjustment of the Holy Spirit in order to receive more and more of the life and nature of Jesus Christ. That quality flowed out through his life and teaching, and I believe it is still impacting lives today.
In his audio messages, you will often hear Derek comment about his desire to stay open and pliable in God’s hands. If he sensed the Lord showing him something that needed to be changed or adjusted in him, Derek’s heart was to comply—and that attitude extended even to the final years of his life. Derek’s example of openness toward the Lord is one that I must admit is difficult for any of us to maintain. But think of the possibilities for growth and depth if we could mirror that kind of pliability. And think of what Jesus could accomplish in us and through us if we were to remain completely open to Him and His purposes at all times!
This truth came home to me recently as I read the incident of Jesus’ healing of the deaf and dumb man described in Mark 7:33-35:
And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.
Over the years, I had read this Scripture numerous times, and I was always intrigued by the word Jesus used, “Ephphatha”—“Be opened.” All these years, I thought Jesus was speaking directly to the man’s ears and tongue. Recently, however, an insight hit me when I noticed these words: “He [Jesus] said to him.”
Could it be that Jesus was not only speaking to the man’s ears and tongue? Could it be that He was saying, “Be opened” to the man himself? Could it be that Jesus’ command was meant to encompass every aspect of that man’s life—including even his total personality that had undoubtedly been affected by his impairment? I believe Jesus was really saying to him, “Be opened! Every part of you! Every aspect of your person! Be opened!”
What About Us?
I have no doubt that this man’s life was radically changed from this experience with Jesus. As always, Jesus accomplishes far more by one word than we could ever imagine. By that one command, far beyond just physical healing, that man’s entire life became open to the One who had spoken these words over him.
My sense as I write this is that Jesus wants to give that same command in our lives. He wants to say to each of us, “Be opened in every area of your life! Open yourself up to the work I can do in you!”
Are there areas of your life that might be shut off from Jesus? Maybe some area that you consider too tender or too private to open up to Him? Today Jesus is willing to touch that area and penetrate the totality of your life, saying, “Be opened!” When Jesus comes on the scene, He can bring complete and lasting change if we open ourselves completely to Him.
Are you willing to let Jesus touch your entire life right now? Are you willing to hear Him give that command, “Ephphatha”—“Be opened” and bring complete renewal to every area of your life?
The Kind of Openness We Need
Again, we see the possibilities of this truth in Derek’s life and teaching. In the following excerpt from a message called, “God’s Word: Your Inexhaustible Resource, Part 1,” Derek shows his openness to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to bring faith and healing into his life. Reflecting upon his experience of lying in bed for months in an army hospital, Derek said:
Then a brilliant ray of light shone into the darkness and it came from Romans 10:17: “So then faith comes. . . .” And when I read the word “comes,” I said, “That’s it! If I don’t have faith, I can get it, because it comes.” So nobody has to go on living without faith if they will meet the conditions. What are the conditions? “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Now I see two stages in that, and I’m speaking really from experience. When you open up to the Word of God—when you read it, you meditate in it, it takes first place in your life—then hearing comes. Hearing is a kind of attitude where you are shut in with God. Other things are excluded. And if you continue in hearing, then faith comes. So, it’s a process. It doesn’t happen instantly. First, there is the Word of God: you hear it, you give it your attention, you open your heart and mind to it, you expose yourself to it. And out of the hearing develops faith.
A Helpful Resource
What Derek has said in this excerpt is so very important—the possibility of opening our lives to the word of the One who can change us completely. That possibility is especially vital in the challenging days facing us right now. That’s why we want to help you anchor this principle in your life through one of Derek’s CD messages entitled “The Door Only You Can Open.”
This message will be our gift to you in this Easter season—for it is indeed a time of not only an open tomb, but a new beginning. It would be our privilege to send you this message—with hopes that it will encourage you to open completely to the Lord in this season.
We Are Grateful
Please allow me to take just one more minute of your time to let you know how much we appreciate you. The Lord is using you and many other faithful friends like you to extend the teachings of Derek Prince to all parts of the world. And for that help, we want to express our deepest thanks. We are very grateful that you are a part of this vital work.
Thank you as well for being open to the words we share in these letters. We pray that as you hear Jesus say, “Be opened,” you will experience the release, strength and renewal that only He can provide.
May the Lord bless you richly in this wonderful Easter season.
All the best,
President, DPM – USA