An Amazing Fact: Nearly 7,000 languages are spoken around the world today, but about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers.
Until after the global flood, everyone on earth spoke the same language. In order to stick together, some of Noah’s descendants conspired to build a great city with a sky-high tower. But God made it so the people couldn’t understand each other, so they had to abandon the tower. This is how the Bible explains the origin of the many languages spoken today.
Even communication in the same language can be tricky. With the many different life experiences that form the backdrop of our every interaction, the hurts and disappointment, the egos and preconceptions, it’s amazing we get through to each other at all!
Enter the digital age. According to the United Nations International Telecommunication Union, nearly 200,000 text messages were sent every second in 2010, in addition to 107 trillion e-mails throughout the year. Autocorrect can make things even more confusing. When one retired couple headed to Nepal for a month-long trek, their daughter asked the older couple to e-mail from Internet cafés along the way. The very first message their daughter received said, “Help. Visa bad. Can you send money to the water? Autopsy not working.”
It took $150 and 16 hours over numerous calls to the U.S. Embassy for the concerned daughter to discover that her parents’ credit card wasn’t letting them pay their water bill automatically. Auto-correct had changed “auto pay” to “autopsy.” They laughed about it afterwards, but not all miscommunications have a good ending.
When it comes to communicating with God, Paul says we don’t even know what to pray for. Thankfully, “The Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26). And God promises to hear your prayer—regardless of the language you speak or the eloquence (or lack thereof!) with which you speak it.
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. Jeremiah 29:12
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