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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. Toeupu says:

    I have 3 kids 5 under and sometimes I get very tired so I just lie in bed and do a little prayer silently. is that a bad thing?

  2. Rodney H. Lorang says:

    As and old man and an old confused Christian I thank God for the above answer. I believe it to be a confirmation of Job 7:17-18 which says in part ‘What is man that thou are mindful of him, or that you should set your heart on him and visit him every morning and try him EVERY MOMENT?’ Yes, I believe His intimacy exceeds anything we can imagine. Thank You

  3. becky beatty says:

    Thank you … I have had a lot of burden and at times I just cry .. but I silently cry to Him .. and pray with my heart and in my mind…

  4. Angel Aragon says:

    I had a dream last night, a weird one, where the world was coming to an end and some sort earth was shattering, and there were souls going up to the clouds. I don’t know if this could be a message of some sort, it’s been freaking me out all day. Might be a dumb question but I just want to if it’s just my imagination or God’s giving me a message

  5. Alexandra says:

    This is really confusing but I tend to overthink a lot and I have a lot of bad thoughts I can’t control. I’m wondering if even these thoughts come to my head but I don’t mean them, is it still a sin?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Alexandra,

      That is a good question and many people have asked it before. Here are Billy Graham’s answers:

      My Answer

      My Answer

    2. Terri Phillips says:

      Like Billy Graham said, turn to The Lord and ask for forgiveness and ask him to take control over your life and your thoughts

  6. Emmanuel says:

    I Have sinned a lot and i need to find my way back to my God. Is Good to know i can pray in silence since i don’t compose my words well in prayer.

    1. Trish Bradshaw says:

      Neither do I,and I was confused and spoke to a friend,he have me his thoughts and suggested I Google it,so glad I did

  7. Sintoyia says:

    Yes God hears our thoughts as well