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Q:

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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6 Comments

  1. Mia Fischer says:

    Thank you God. This weekend I TRULY prayed to God for the first time. I prayed to him with all my heart and soul to relieve me of the consuming darkness within me. I cried and I prayed for him to remove my alcoholism so that I could better serve him and to be a better person so that I can help others. It worked. I am saved and only because the Lord chose to see the goodness in me. I am so thankful. When I stopped crying I began to laugh for I knew that I had been set free

  2. Maliakel Sunny says:

    Jesus Thank you for the great things you have given to me and my family , please take care all your children

  3. BAMONA KABUNDI says:

    This will help me a bunch. Thanks and God bless!

  4. zukiswa says:

    I just wanna thank u

  5. Eleta Williams says:

    Thanks for the concise and biblical answer. May God increase you richly

  6. Joseph Knight says:

    Lord I love you, but having trouble getting peace of mind in a world gone mad. Please help my family, and others in the world that are suffering. We love you lord for your kindness and grace, Praise your hold name Jesus!