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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.


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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  1. Christina says:

    My name is Christina. I’m about to turn 13. God and Jesus just came into my life. I really wanted the answer to this question. It is a question I’ve been wanting to know for a while.

  2. karon says:

    I’m only 15 and I don’t know that much but I wanted to know the answer to this question for the longest time. Thanks

  3. Michael says:

    I am so happy the Lord led me to this. It has been a question I’ve wanted answered for a long time. Thank you and God bless you!

  4. Donna says:

    My dear friend who is a babe in the faith asked me this VERY question today. Your answer was much more eloquent than mine. I sent her this link. Thank you.

  5. Tiffany W. says:

    I Am Glad That I Found This Post On Praying In Silence. I Have Been Praying In Silence For Years And Became Curious A Few Times If He Will Hear Me. Thank You So Much

  6. Barbara J says:

    I had been wondering was it ok to pray without speaking, I’m so happy to know its all right to pray in silence thank you.

  7. Jeren P. says:

    I needed this, some day I will come out of my shell. God bless

  8. Jon T. Doty says:

    Thank you for an answer to my question. in Jesus we trust, amen.

  9. Japheth Amayo says:

    Glory to be to God in the highest and thanks for having sent His only begotten son Jesus Christ to die for me on the cross.