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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. stev says:

    I saw a comment that said ” I was really starting to come down on myself”. A short time ago I had a similar experience. Life was getting very hard, I was very confused and being very hard on myself. Then one day I had a thought come into my head, it wasn’t the kind of thought that would have been normal to me. I believe God put the thought there. He told me to quit judging myself, it isn’t my job it is his.

  2. Kim Rodkey says:

    Is it ok to read a prayer? Does the Lord still accept prayers you read to Him?

  3. tessie says:

    I been praying and praying all the time and god hasn’t answered me and I think he doesn’t even love me . I don’t want to give up because I worked so hard to trying to keep my faith but I don’t know what I’m doing wrong . I been praying for years now and months to get closer to him .. and nothing has happened . I need help

  4. tessie says:

    I think god hates me and I don’t know what to do

    1. Grace says:

      Tessie, God loves you because God is love. Maybe He answered you, just maybe not in the way you expected. Don’t ever give up because God is faithful and He’ll never turn His back on you. You can also read Ephesians 1 & 3. I pray you allow the Holy Spirit to open up the eyes of your understanding, in Jesus name, Amen.

  5. Baile Gloria says:

    May God Bess you,this is exactly what I needed to hear .thank you for making it clear to us…

  6. Shamar says:

    That was an excellent answer for so long I wonder about when I pray is it heard.

  7. Angy says:

    Really neede to hear this today cause I was really guilt ridden not being able to pray to God with many words these past 2 weeks. I’ve been going thruso much for the past 5 months and it’s one thing after the other, it’s draining but I have been trying to speak to God daily even if it’s little words but to me it’s never enough and I was really starting to come down on myself. Thank you :)

  8. Barbara M. Owens says:

    I needed that. Thank you because I was wondering the same thing.

  9. erika says:

    What an encouraging answer for me this morning. Thank you for offering such great insight on what God’s word has to say regarding this matter; God is Great!

  10. Helen says:

    i am thankful to have god and jesus in my life/ blood. If it werent for them idk if i would be the same person i am now. I am going to start to pray more than i usually do!