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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. nerdyjedi says:

    Thanks for posting this. Personally, I’ve wondered the same thing. I felt like a silent prayer for salvation doesn’t count or there is a specific way to do it and I was concerned if I really am saved. But I kept telling myself that God knows what everyone is thinking, doing or what is in their hearts. Thanks again.

  2. Nick says:

    I have been a Christian since I was 11 years old and today I cannot stand the thought that our country has turned away from God and pursued sin and wickedness.

  3. luis topete god is salvation says:

    Love Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior with everything we have, amen.

  4. Ora Bracy Williams says:

    Thank you again for this study. I desperately need it. There’s nothing like the word of God to heal a sin-sick soul.

  5. gift says:

    Very inspiring.

  6. Darrian Gould says:

    I haven’t asked nobody this question but if you pray for something that you want over and over again will God make it happen?

  7. peace ojang says:

    This was helpful, thank you very much.

  8. Joseph says:

    Thanks for the information

  9. Robert says:

    Answer this: how would a person that cannot speak be saved?
    God knows our hearts and minds. His word says, even his spirit prays for us at times when we are praying. Romans 8:26-27

  10. Emilee Pease says:

    Thank you so much this was very helpful. The citation of verses was a nice touch to base what you were saying on fact.