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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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116 Comments

  1. Bradley Fox says:

    I am so thankful to have God in my life to love me and help me along this path of life even when I have no idea what I am doing. I love you God and I place my trust in you because I know you show me the way to you!!

  2. phil bradley says:

    Thank you this has helped me.may GOD bless you.love you.

  3. John Hall says:

    I am in a long time Christian but know that I haven’t done enough to witness for Jesus Christ. I Proclaim my love Christ every Sunday at church but I have had very few opportunities to proclaim it elsewhere. Now that I’m at the end of my life I am so very sad that I did not do more or witness and I’m scared for my own salvation. Please pray for me.

    1. Joshua says:

      My prayers are with you friend; stay strong. The Lord is with you always.

    2. Netty says:

      Rest in the comfort of knowing that you are His child. Do not doubt your salvation any longer. The Lord can still use you even if you are at the end of your life. The people you come across are your “mission field”. Weather at the grocery store, in the lobby at church, or even if you are bed-ridden…. you can show those who stop by the Love of Jesus.

  4. Vernice C. Smalls says:

    When l study the Bible l forget what I’m reading, and sermons too. It really bother me. I have a hard time holding a conversation. Help me please!