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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. Bevely Chapman says:

    I am so in need of prayer. I fall and I come back to Jesus, but I keep doing this over and over again. I do know that he led me to this site, but I cry all the time when I read or hear anything that has to do with Jesus. Like now I am crying as I write this. I just realized everyone can see this but it doesn’t matter, I need your prayers. I stopped crying. 🙂 So I must be doing something right. This has helped me tremendously.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Bev,
      We are praying for you. We hope these words of encouragement from Billy Graham help: Keep seeking Jesus. He loves you!

      —BGEA Team

  2. Linda Donahue says:

    I figured since God knows our hearts and he’s all knowing that we didn’t have to pray out loud; I seldom pray out loud. This is AWESOME—I didn’t know Billy Graham had a Q&A site!! I grew up listening to Billy Graham on his TV Crusades.

  3. Nina Bellamy says:

    This helped me tremendously!! Thank you so much!! To God be the glory!

  4. Maurice says:

    Thank you for this.

  5. Cliford Damas says:

    Thank you for this post! For me personally, I believe in silent prayer because the Bible says it, and when you make a silent prayer, Satan can’t hear and he can’t read your heart. They both are good, loud and silent. Thanks again for this information.