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Q:

Can the devil hear you when you pray out loud? If so, maybe we should just pray silently, because then he wouldn't be able to step in and block our prayers. Maybe I shouldn't worry about this, but I do.


A:

No, you shouldn’t worry about this — because God is more powerful than Satan, and even if the devil did try to block God’s answer to our prayers, he wouldn’t be able to do it. Remember, Jesus prayed openly, and He taught His disciples to pray openly (see Matthew 6:9-13).

In other words, our concern shouldn’t be “Does Satan hear my prayers?” but “Does God hear my prayers?” Are my prayers selfish or greedy — or am I honestly seeking God’s will? Do I pray in faith, believing that Jesus Christ has opened the way for me to come into God’s presence by His death on the cross — or am I relying on my own goodness? Is any sin in my life blocking my fellowship with God? The Bible says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

It’s been said that Satan likes us to believe either of two lies about him. The first lie is that Satan is weak and insignificant, and we shouldn’t worry about him or be fearful of his schemes. The other lie says the opposite: Satan is all-powerful, and we are helpless against him.

In fact, Satan is not weak and insignificant; the Bible compares him to a roaring lion (see 1 Peter 5:8). But neither are we helpless against him — if we belong to Christ. Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ — and then remember: the closer you are to God, the further you are from the devil.

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14 Comments

  1. Greater than Ministries says:

    Great answer to a question that so many people have. Let’s not give the enemy any power by thinking he has any control over our prayer life with God.

  2. Dean says:

    I used to reason like David, that if the devil can place thoughts in our minds, which he can, then he must also be able to read the thoughts in our minds. But I can find no scripture to back this up. Instead, I have found Biblical evidence to support the very opposite. I Kings 8:39 tells us that God alone knows the hearts of all the sons of men. No one else has this ability. Demons, like many people, understand human behavior. They can predict with reliably the reactions of man. When someone says, “I know what you’re thinking.” They most likely have a pretty good idea based on observations, circumstances, and a familiarity with the other person, but they don’t really know. Demons don’t know either. God knows; He alone knows.

  3. Cedric coleman says:

    I worry about my sins and the devil tries to make me feel bad about them. Sometimes I fall then I remember that God has me. His Son died for sin and rose again. Thank you God for Your Son. Amen.