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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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137 Comments

  1. Nicholas Gent says:

    When I pray I pray from my heart. I do not structure my prayers in any way but just pray what is on my heart. Is this wrong but I feel God has answered many of my prayers.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Nicholas,

      It is wonderful that you pray from the heart! Here is an article on prayer from our website that you may find helpful, particularly the first section.

  2. Eric Salzmann says:

    I love Jesus and I want to share Him with the world through my Testimony

  3. Dolores szandzik says:

    Praise God for Billy Graham. How is he feeling?

  4. Eric Salzmann says:

    PRaise the Lord

  5. Eric Salzmann says:

    I thank the Lord for putting Billy Grahms website in my path(Praise the Lord)

  6. nicole says:

    Prayers for my marriage – my husband committed adultry and i want to forgive and forget and its not working..i recently found out, i want to give it to God and i tried, but each night the situation resurfaces

  7. Demetria says:

    Thank you so much for answering this question that I’ve been trying to figure out for so long! I felt bad if I didn’t pray out loud & tonight I didn’t I prayed silently & thought I was wrong for it! Thank you!

  8. Eric Salzmann says:

    I became Born-Again and physically disabled on April 23, 1996 and all I want to do in life is serve the Lord my God.