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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. tamela carter says:

    Happy to know god. Hears my prayers overjoyed

  2. Margaret Emuh says:

    Thank you for the answer

  3. Josefina Melendez says:

    Yes! It does both ways Amen.

  4. Nichole says:

    That really answered my question it was very helpful

  5. Carolina Rodriguez says:

    Thank you for your help. I have a similar question. I tend to have a hyper sensitive conscience and a mind that tends to over think and over analyze. Therefore, I find it helpful and a relief to let everything out by writing it down on paper. My question is similar as the one above. If I WRITE my prayers to God, will it be as valid and will God receive and answer my prayers as much as if I were to speak them? God Bless and thank you for your will to help.

    1. Eddie says:

      Yes because God knows your heart.

    2. David Ortiz says:

      Me too! I type my prayers because I want to let God know and I get too anxious to pray sometimes.

  6. margaret says:

    Thank You!!!Very helpful

  7. JEREMY ALLEN says:

    I had the same question, this really helped me out in so many ways. This came right on time!

  8. stellaibisa says:

    thanks,so when am with people and inside of me praying with my eyes open God is hearing me

  9. Martha munanzi says:

    Thanks for these wonderful answers to the questions that was asked. I have arguments with friends about it

  10. Alice Thomas says:

    Thanks for the answer