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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. prize says:

    I have lost my way..i need to find my soul back to my body

    1. ChildofGod says:

      That is all God needs to hear you say to Him. He has been waiting for you to realize that, so just confess it to Him. He is waiting with open arms to welcome you back, and make you completely whole in Him! He will clothe you in a robe of righteousness and you will be forever His!!!

  2. larry neuhoff says:

    Is praying just like begging?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Larry,

      Prayer is much more than just asking God for what we want/need. Here are two articles from BGEA’s Decision Magazine on prayer:

      Decision Magazine

      Decision Magazine

  3. Katera Taylor says:

    Thank God, I love to pray and talk to God in my head;😊😇

  4. Marian Washington says:

    Thank you so much for helping me with my question can God hear me when I pray in silent

  5. Isaiah Moloi says:

    Thanks that was helpful. I also thought maybe praying in my heart was not enough but after reading these, I am free.

  6. Jacob says:

    Thank you, bless you with God and Jesus heart

  7. Eunice says:

    Thanks a lot for clarifying this, i was worried not knowing which one is heard

  8. Chanden says:

    Amen! For we live in such a blessed community of Christian faith! Continue to grow in your faith as I try to and one day I will meet you all in the kingdom of heaven brother.

  9. A Jewel says:

    Thank you this has been a blessing to know that God hears my prayers
    and He knows what I am thinking about. Thank You in Jesus ‘ Name.