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Wordless Prayers

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?


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