Does God hear our silent prayers or should we pray out loud?

by Matt Slick

Yes, we can pray silently as well as out loud because God hears our thoughts as well as our voices. First of all, the Bible tells us that God knows all things (1 John 3:20). This necessarily means that He knows our thoughts because they are included in "all things." Therefore, we can pray silently, and God knows what our prayers are. In addition, the Scriptures clearly teach us that God knows our thoughts.

  • "The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are a mere breath," (Psalm 94:11).
  • "You know when I sit down and when I rise up. You understand my thought from afar," (Psalm 139:2).
  • "And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, 'Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? 5 “For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, and walk’?" (Matt. 9:4).
  • "And knowing their thoughts He said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself shall not stand. 26 “And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?" (Matt. 12:25).

Since we are told by God to pray to Him, and since he knows our thoughts, then He knows what we think when we pray as well as what we ask. Praying out loud and praying silently are equal before God. He hears them both.


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.