Which language does God understand?
Terry Dashner……………….Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
Dialogue is essential to a relationship. Dialogue means that someone is communicating with someone else. It is true. In order to communicate effectively, both parties must hear other, process information, and then speak to confirm dialogue. So dialogue is not just speaking one’s mind, but it is hearing feedback of others.
A tired conversation, thus a taxed relationship is one where only one person gets to speak. If I enter into dialogue with another human being, I should not only speak but listen to other person speak also. Why am I belaboring point? For this reason: Communication is not just speaking in known vernacular.
I may communicate by body language. Body language is not articulated in speech; nevertheless, it speaks loudly. As a matter of fact, it will belie spoken words. I may say one thing with my lips, but be understood by my facial expressions. I may communicate by space. This is called law of proximity. It speaks about distance closed, or surrendered between two people. If I close into your personal space and you don’t know me, you will move backwards. To be standoffish or to be too pushy (in proximity to where you stand), communicates volumes. So there are more ways to communicate in dialogue with another human being then merely speaking words. Yes there are, which brings me to reason for writing this document.
Do I communicate with God by speaking my primary language only? I speak English (twang with a Southwestern dialect) and I pray mostly in English; therefore, I communicate my thoughts to God in English language. But, this begs question. Am I communicating with God ONLY when I speak English? What if I choose to groan in emotional pain? What if I say nothing in English but lift my hands and look up to heaven? What if I sit in solitude with only my thoughts directed to God? Am I communicating with God? Yes.