Mark 7:31-35 (NKJV)

31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32 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. 33 And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.

This is often how the Lord ministers to us, in private. He takes us aside from the crowd and the noise of the multitude, and there alone with God, He puts His fingers in our ears by His Spirit, and touches our tongue so that it is loosed and able to speak and communicate life.

Isaiah 50:4-5 (NKJV):

“The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away.

The learned tongue is received by awakening our ear to the Word of Lord daily, to hear what He has to say to us in season. God desires to meet us and touch our ears, so we are to receive fresh instruction from the Spirit. This can only be done in private as you pull aside morning-by-morning and wait on God to minister to you.

Teaching and preaching in public cannot do it. Prayer in public will not do it. You need to seek solitude, away from the noise and the busyness of life, away from the voices of the world and of men. There alone with God, your ears will open and you will hear things you have not heard before. You will see things you have not seen before. Your tongue will be loosed to speak of the mysteries of the kingdom giving life to those who hear you.

God feeds, nurtures, admonishes, comforts and guides us, through our ability to hear.  By the same token, He also enables us to give and minister life to others through our tongue and the ability to speak the words of God. Unless we are able to hear and receive life, we are unable to speak and communicate life. God will not force you to come aside and be ministered to; you will have to choose it for yourself.  

He may wake you up, but He won’t get you out of bed; you will have to do this for yourself morning by morning.

Psalm 5:1-3 (NKJV)

Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation.
Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.