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I don't know if it is the
"deer in the headlights look," the nervous twitch, the way they
shift their weight or shuffle their feet, but I can usually tell when my
children are lying to me. Speech communication theorists call it "lack
of congruency in the nonverbal cues and the verbal message." The song
writer said, "You can't hide your lying eyes." Same difference.
Growing up on the plains of West Texas we used to say, "Something
stinks in Denmark." (I have no idea what that means, but I've said
it a time or two.)
Whenever someone says one
thing, but does another, we are more likely to believe what they do. For
instance, a man who beats his wife will never convince me that he loves
her. His actions betray his real heart.
Beyond what we say in our
prayers, what do our actions say to God? Do our actions betray our hearts?
We would never pray, "God you know that you're really not that important
to me, I only need you when I'm in trouble." But what do our actions
pray? No, that's not a typo, I didn't mean "What does our actions
say," I meant, "What does our actions pray?" Some of the
most powerful prayers we pray are with our actions, not our words.
What wordless prayers are
you praying, when the light turns green and the person in front of you
is slow pulling out? Or when the offering plate passes in front of you,
or when your daughter says, "Mommy, can you read to me?"
God knows my heart. He knows
when I'm fudging, fibbing and outright lying. He also knows when I'm doing
my best to depend on Him and make a difference in the world.
God knows your heart too.
What wordless prayers will
you pray today?