It’s reported that 55% of our communication is non-verbal. Other sources claim that non-verbal communication can take up as much as 93% of conversing. Whatever the true statistics may be, it can be said that there is an agreement in the fact that non-verbal communication takes up more of the communication process than that of verbal.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 of the Bible advises us to pray without ceasing. The New International Version reads, “Pray Continually.” The New Living Translations states, “Never stop praying.” In its original Greek origin, the word pray is, “proseúxomai,” which originates from two Greek words. Prós, meaning, “Towards, exchange” and euxomai, meaning, “to wish, pray.” Ceasing originates from adialeiptós meaning “to leave” (nothing left between, i.e. without any unnecessary interval (time-gap). This scripture literally equates to, “Exchanging our wishes with God without anything (time) left in between or incessantly.
So then, how can the Bible ask of something so difficult when we don’t have all day to pray? Or do we? The stats on communication above were given to help drive home the point of this scripture. Many of us pray verbally, whether in the morning or at night, and periodically throughout the day. But prayer doesn’t end there. Prayer really begins when we get up from prayer and go about our normal day. If communication has a greater percentage of non-verbal (action) than verbal (mere words) this is then how to pray without ceasing.
Here’s a quick example. If you’re asking God verbally for more money but aren’t taking steps to budget what you have, you really don’t want the money you’re asking for. You may think you do, but you don’t, because otherwise you would be wiser with what you have. This shows God that there is no true “need” because there is no true action deserving of the need.
Even Paul addressed the fact that God will supply all of our needs. What prompted him to say this was because of an act of grace towards him by others. Invariably, the Philippians’ belief (more than likely in what they spoke and taught) had a matching act of kindness and as a result of their non-verbal communication; God’s bountiful storehouse would be open to them. Our actions are speaking loud to God and this is what He hears.
So be sure that whatever you’re asking God for verbally, your actions is congruent. This is the way to ask, seek, and knock continually in which case God would love to answer.
-Personal Trainer for the Mind.