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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.


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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  1. Amanda Gbenro says:

    My husband and I just talked about this. He disagreed with me about silent prayers. I told him that I was raised that you can do either. He says that is not true and that God shows us the correct way. I am glad to see that I was right. Thank you.

  2. Theresa A Agnew says:

    Thank you so very much for these teachings. I was told by a prophetess that God can’t/won’t answer silent prayers because He can’t hear them. But, I recalled reading about Hannah in the Bible, and how she would faithfully go to the temple each morning and pray with her mouth moving and nothing coming out. She was later blessed with the child, Samuel, she had been praying and believing God for. But, I dared not dispute the prophetess because she’s a woman of God, and also because she could have said that God could read Hannah’s lips and He also knew what was on her heart. Thank you again and again for the clarification!!

  3. David says:

    That Is True To Pray Loud Can Give Us Confidence And Authority In His Name.

  4. Amanda McCormick says:

    Wow. So very helpful, especially the ending.

  5. Shonna santos says:

    This was very helpful. I was very concern about this and very excited that I was able to get clarification.. Thank you so much..