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How Should Christians Pray

Must you pray verbally out loud or can you pray in silently in your thoughts?

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 ---Danielle on 1/25/08
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Our Lord gave gave us an Apostle as a pattern. He tells us how to pray, thanksgiving being the key.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God
---michael_e on 5/8/11

If you truly want to know HOW to pray and WHAT to pray for, do an online KJV bible search for the word "pray". The bible has many good examples of both. But don't read only the verses that are listed, but read the whole chapter, even the chapter before and the chapter after, to get the full lesson.
---Steveng on 5/3/11

Danielle, as to your question, all believers can pray out loud or silently. No matter how we as Christians pray, God will hear us, but will only answer believers. Unbelievers God will not answer, for they are not only at enmity against Him, they are separated from God. They need to be born of the Spirit, in other words in relationship with Him. For an unbeliever would never pray to God whom they do not believe in, let along love. They would have to believe in Him by faith in order to expect an answer.
---Mark_V. on 5/1/11

Both, just as some people read a book speaking the words out loud, and other times they read thwe words in a book silently.
---Eloy on 5/1/11

Rickey--- A "wrong" way to pray is to ask?
That's not what Jesus taught.
Mat 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you:For every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened
Mat7:9-11 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Jhn 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son
---Donna66 on 4/29/11

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally. See James Chapter 1
---Dick_B. on 4/29/11

The Christ gave us a Template on how to pray (AKA: Lord's Prayer).

It is a template (although It can be use as a prayer in itself).

It is the way ALL Prayers in scripture are formatted (i.e Psalms)


1) PRAISE THE KING (Hallow be Thy Name)



4)CLEANSE YOUR SINS (Forgive us our sins)



The Doxology(For thine is the Kingdom...) was added by a scribe NOT in the prayer. (NOT G-D WORDS/TEACHINGS)
---John on 4/28/11

We should pray fervently and feverishly at all times. The world is in a bad shape today. Families,marriages,our children everything is under attack. We need to cry out to God to bring revival to our churches among many other issues of today. Verbally,out loud. Doesn't matter.I usually follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. God hears and knows our hearts and minds.He just wants to hear from His children.
---Robyn on 4/28/11

Pray from the heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you to pray as He wants you to. If its from the heart thats what matters most. It dont gotta be fancy. God knows. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16. God bless you.
---Kate on 3/18/11

Both, and by the power of God, we pray.
---catherine on 2/28/08

God doesn't answer our prayers based on when we pray,where we are,what position our body is in,or in what order we word our prayers.First John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God:that if we ask anything according to His will,He hears us.And if we know that He hears us whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of Him.John 14:13-14 And I will do whatever you ask in my name,so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
---Court7646 on 2/28/08

the Bible says let everything that has breath praise the Lord. when in a "personal devotion time" where we pray and praise (lets hope you dont just ask ask ask all the time) it should be vocal. every prayer recorded in the Bible had to be outloud or else who could write it down. remember that next time you feel funny about TALKING to God. its very Biblical so fight your "church" tradition. when out and about i do suggest silent devotion. im talking about prayer closet time.
---Kraus on 2/4/08

"Hey Chris!" I yell out to a friend across the room. Or when I write a letter, "My Dear Friend," The purpose is to acknowledge the person you are praying/talking to. Jesus gives an example "Our Father... Many times it will be in silnce for God hears your thoughts. But when the problems is overwhelming, you climb the highest mountain and call out loud. The Bible shows all ways to pray - or simply conversing with God - much like Moses and Job.
---Steveng on 2/3/08

#1 "But you, when you pray , go into your inner room , close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret , and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. And when you are praying , do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words". -Jesus
---j._nonymous on 2/2/08

#2 "So do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray , then , in this way..."
---j._nonymous on 2/2/08

#3 'Our Father who is in heaven , Hallowed be Your name . Your kingdom come . Your will be done , On earth as it is in heaven . Give us this day our daily bread . And forgive us our debts , as we also have forgiven our debtors . And do not lead us into temptation , but deliver us from evil . For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever . Amen .

---j._nonymous on 2/2/08

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Awake and asleep. Without resting.
---frances on 1/29/08

It depends. If a person is just thinking about something, but not asking(petitioning) then it is pointless to keep silent. In the midst of a problem a person shouldn't keep silent. That is why many folks fail & are overcome by situations.

For a loved ones salvation a person needs to pray what the word says.
---Rickey on 1/28/08

There is a wrong way to pray. If a person says, "Father IF it be Your will bless me.." Then they aren't established in righteousness & aren't fully persuaded that it is His will for them to be blessed.

Another wrong way to pray is to pray something opposing the word of God. The word of God is the will of God.(1John 5:14-15)
---Rickey on 1/28/08

Thoughts won't get your needs met. Folks being scared to pray out loud is a hinderance in many cases.

Another wrong way to pray is to ASK.
Some pray & say, "Father will you bless me?" Or "Will You heal me?"
Praying like that won't work. All that person is doing is asking & not "asking".
The greek word for "ASK" is "Aiteo" which means "petition or demand".
---Rickey on 1/28/08

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Too many folks are asking/questioning instead of knowing that it is the will of God concerning something & demanding it.

Since we have a covenant with God we have a right to demand what He has promised us.(Isaiah 45:11)
---Rickey on 1/28/08

Without ceasing.

---Michelle on 1/27/08

We are told to pray continuousely. Whatever, Wherever, however.
---dan on 1/26/08

It does not matter. The Bible records praying while standing (1 Ki 8:22, Neh 9:4-5), sitting (1 Chr 17:16, Luke 10:13), kneeling (Ezra 9:5, Dan 6:10, Acts 20:36), lying on the bed (Ps 63:9), bowing down to the ground (2 Sam 12:16, Mat 26:19), and lifting up hands to heaven (Ps 28:2, Is 1:15, 1 Tim 2:8).

So as you can see, it is not the posture of the body that is important, rather it is heart of the person that matters.
---Ramon on 1/25/08

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Both. God does not care how you pray, just as long as you pray, in the name of Jesus. Carry on a conversation with God throughout the day. God loves it. I fear many true Christians are not doing this. Heaven or hell. You better pray that you miss HELL.
---catherine on 1/25/08

Jesus did it both ways, sometimes standing or kneeling. There are no rules listed as to positions or verbally. I think a healthy approach is to not get stuck doing it just one way. And if timidness is keeping a person from speaking out then that should be dealt with and not excused as technique or personality. We are all taught to be bold, not timid.
---john on 1/25/08

If your laying hands on someone & annointing them w/oil & saying the Prayer of Faith over them for the Healing of the sick as our Lord Instructed us, That Must Be Verbal...
My Prayers FOR ALL of you & Others That I've come across in my Life come from within(Heart)myself, SO no it does'nt have to be verbal in this type of Prayer, Plus the Millions of people who are unable to speak would'nt have a way to communicate with our Father...YLBD
---Duane_M on 1/25/08

Praying out of your heart, silently, is heard by God. God is not deaf and He's not nervous, either.
Praying outloud keeps most of us focused without our thoughts drifting off in a different direction.
---Mark on 1/25/08

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Yes. Either is prayer, or can be.
---Jack on 1/25/08

Well, prayer starts with "Our Father"...with attention first to our Heavenly Father in His love > "the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit", we have in Romans 5:5 > also, "praying always in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God" (in Jude 20-21). So, this is basic, how we are in His love, first, sensitively and sweetly submitting to how You have us sharing with You in Your own love. "Therefore submit to God." (in James 4:7)
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/25/08

I notice how Jesus has us start prayer with "Our Father"...with attention first to our Heavenly Father. Prayer does not begin with "our sins" or getting delivered from evil (our problems) or handing God our shopping list of things we want. But first we enjoy how beautifully pure and pleasant and kind You are in Your love, then **You*** guide us to what we take care of in prayer.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/25/08

Many of us pray silently. I'm sure that all of us who do, do so for varying reasons. Shyness possibly, not wishing others to know when and what we are praying is another. Praying silently has its advantages. It can be done whilst shopping, dog walking, travelling on a train, in bed whilst your husband or wife is asleep etc. Some people pray both silently and out loud. Don't let anyone put you off by telling you that it is wrong though. We are all different and God is aware of that because He made us all.
---RitaH on 1/25/08

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I think there are few occasions when you should or need to pray out loud, unless it is for the purpose of having others hearing what you say, such as when you are leading corporate prayer, or when you want others to support your personal prayer, or in a prayer meeting.
But God hears you whether you pray out loud or silently
---alan_of_UK on 1/25/08

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