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Does God only hear us when we pray out loud or does He hear silent prayers also? Please forgive me if this is a dumb question, but I didn't grow up in a religious home and have just become a Christian.


A:

Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions when you don’t understand something about the Christian life; after all, God wants you to come to know Him more and more each day. Jesus’ disciples repeatedly asked for His help, and so should we. On one occasion they said, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).

Yes, God hears our prayers on all occasions, whether we’re praying out loud or praying silently in our hearts and minds. After all, He knows all about us and knows what is going on inside us–both good and bad. The Bible says that God “judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). The Bible also says, “The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him” (Proverbs 15:26).

God even hears our prayers when we can’t even put them into words–times, for example, when our hearts are too burdened or confused even to speak. The Bible says, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26).

One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the privilege of prayer–a privilege that is possible because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Thank God for the privilege of prayer and learn daily to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

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35 Comments

  1. sal zamora says:

    I took care of my mom and dad for 10 years. I didn’t have any help from anyone. My mother had Alzheimer’s and my dad was bed-ridden. I didn’t think I would get sick taking care of them, but I did from a lot of heartache. I lost all my brothers and sisters out of 77 lanes on the left. 45 years earlier I lost my wife and children in the car accident, my wife was 6 months pregnant with twins. Anyway I became a diabetic. I get seizures once in awhile pretty bad. I can’t drive to go in my license. God knows I need to work. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I will always keep my face with the Lord Jesus no matter what happens. I’ve been celibate for 25 years I can write a book about loneliness and sadness.

    1. jessalee says:

      I am so sorry for your loss as well as your unhappiness. I am praying for you.

    2. Connie says:

      God Bless you. I will pray for you.

  2. j0hnnie says:

    i am so happy to hear from so may young people about prayer. I hope they pray to Jesus as often as they can out loud and in their hearts. God will hear you.