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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. Mathew says:

    For the past seven months i have been struggling with prayer. I was disabled from a work related injury and i haven’t had any income. I feel like God has forgotten about me. When it comes to prayer i don’t know what to say anymore. is it wrong that i feel like i’m losing my faith?

    1. Faith says:

      This reply is for Matthew
      Hi Matthew dealing with a physician injury can be very stressful, but remember that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour ( 1 Peter 5:8) . Now that you are out of work if praying is hard, try by silently thinking what you want to say to God, even if you try it for a short time. Verse 7 tells us to cast All our anxiety on Him because He cares for us. Do not give the devil afoot hold. Being injured and out of work is difficult in our understanding but remember God’s ways are not like ours. Please use the time He has given you to read His word and put what you read in ACTION. Revelation 4:11 God created all things and by His will they were created and have their being. Trust Him

  2. Dzodzi Amevinya says:

    Thanks very much because it has really being helpful.