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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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62 Comments

  1. vernon moore says:

    Help me I neep prayer for deliverance I’m scared!! 😭😭

  2. Chuneeva says:

    I know I can’t question as where as how close am I getting to my Lord Jesus Christ himself

    But one question I would like to ask is, does God ever get angry and or upset with Us

    And how do you know when God is talking to you… Meaning speaking to you

  3. Belinda Hallowood says:

    Can the devil hear our thoughts

    1. Krys says:

      The devil cannot hear your thoughts. He throws thoughts your way, but cannot get inside of our minds to know what we are thinking. The devil is not omnipotent like God, he only goes by what he sees you doing. So when you pray sometimes, pray out loud. That lets the devil know (besides your actions) who your living for. Which is our Lord. Amen.

  4. vincent says:

    i would like to recieve all the information that can help me to have faith in God, and believe that he hears my prayers

  5. Asia Lopez says:

    I Pray A lot .. And There Was Times I Felt Like God Couldn’t Hear Me 😢 But Day By Day I’m Noticing A Few Good Changes , But Sometimes I Still Question Can He Hear Me Or Not 😒Because I’ve Lost People Close Ta Me And I Said Some Awful Things About Him And I Really Didn’t Intend To Be So Rude I Was Just Hurt But I’ve Asked Him For Forgiveness But Idk If He’s Forgiven Me

    1. BGEA says:

      God is quick to forgive when we genuinely ask Him for forgiveness. Here’s more on that topic: http://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/gods-forgiveness/

    2. anthony says:

      I pray that there’s someone out there that can help me I became homeless and in need of help I pray that God Send me someone to Get me out of this situation trying to make it day to day

  6. Lavender lily says:

    Help me God!

  7. Jasmine Nichols says:

    Thank you so much for that detailed response, I have been wondering if He could hear me in my mind, because I’m signed up with this website that emails you daily scriptures and the background behind the subject, but they also send a daily prayer. I want to pray to Him, but I need to read it off of something so I have to do it in my head a lot of times because I’m around people a lot and I don’t want to disturb them while I’m praying. So thanks for solving my problem!

  8. ernest mata says:

    I feel bad for asking the question. Should we pray out loud for God to hear our prayer? Read the script in the the Bible before. it’s just that God has been letting worries pile up on me even after i thank him for lighting my burdens, which i do as soon as i finish my prayer. i hope i’m not becoming like Thomas “a show me man” Thank you greatly.

    1. Daniel says:

      Worry is from satan not from GOD. I to thought the same as you but GOD doesn’t want us to worry or fear about anything. The GOD says HE doesn’t give us a spirit of fear but of love and peace and of sound mind. Give what you are worried about to GOD and tell HIM you trust HIM with it, when you start to do it again tell yourself that you gave it to GOD and HE IS taking care of it

  9. Thomas Marsh-Connors says:

    Thank you so much I really needed this confirmed. God Bless you all

  10. Kathy says:

    Thank you for the entire article. I have experience most of what you have written. There have been times when so many things have been going through my mind I wasn’t able to put my thoughts together. I’m glad God hear those silent prayers, because I have many.