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Pray Out Loud Or Unspoken

My 18 year old son asks: does God take more pleasure out of spoken prayers or silent, and is one type answered more than the other?

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Psa 139:6 [Such] knowledge [is] too wonderful for me, it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it.
Psa 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there]
psa 139:9
[If] I take the wings of the morning, [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

then a silent prayer can be heard anywhere.

In your room( closet ) depends on your neighbors lol

silence makes sense!

If God is everywhere( which he is) SILENCE is GOLDEN !!! IMHO
---Carla on 8/20/13

Rita, I agree with your answer. The purpose of prayer is to have spiritual communion with God and to depend on Him for all things. When we hear of a sister having problems with her husband, and tells everything to a prayer warrior, and the prayer warrior ask a group and tells others to pray for the sister, she should not tell everything to the group. It's not right to pray out loud in many cases. God knows what we are going to pray for before we pray.
"It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear" (Isa. 65:24) and also,
"For I know the things that come into you mind, every one of them" (Eze. 11:5). God wants us to pray no matter what.
---Mark_V. on 8/15/13

Our prayers are between us and God. If we want others to also hear what we are saying to God then we pray out loud and 'sometimes' this can be appropriate (as in a prayer meeting) but much of the time it is private and not appropriate for others to know what we 'discuss' with God. Common sense usually shows us the difference.

I talk to God, audibly, around the house (when alone) but silently most other times. We have that choice.
---Rita_H on 8/13/13

Thank you StrongAxe :) Even though you may not realize it, we have agreed on several other occasions before as well.
---Jed on 8/12/13


I can't often say this, but I just loved your last reply!
---StrongAxe on 8/10/13

Amen.Shira4368 you sure are telling the truth,
these people are too " uppity" they are so stuck on being what they think is better, I told people here way bk every where my grandmother took us to church,people were poor, maybe a few had a car they never was a shamed to we footstump,clap our hands we all sang,praised God! Most time we had no piano, sometimes not even good heat,the church would be packed!
People went to earnestly from the heart..
Praise God Any how!
---Lidia4796 on 8/10/13

jed, your post just blessed my heart. wow, you hit the nail on the head. that does not mean we can't pray aloud. the night I got saved, the whole church was in the altar and everyone was praying aloud. you don't find that anymore in churches. I have tried to find a church like that and the only one I have been to is waycross Georgia. wow, that church is on fire but its 65 miles from me. people are to sophisticated to pray aloud. it somehows demeans one yet the same can go to a ball game and yell till their voices leave them.
---shira4368 on 8/9/13

LOLOLOL!!! Jed, you made my day, thank you :D
---Mary on 8/8/13

I like to pray out loud in public so everyone can see how holy and spiritual I am. I even like to pray out loud in Hebrew or other languages because it proves my superior intellect. I don't call Jesus by his name "Jesus", I call him "Yahushuah" because it makes me feel smarter and more correct that way. Usually I will pray something like "Dear God, thank you that I am not a sinner like all these people around me". I pray that really loud so everyone can see that I am not a sinner and they are and everyone will know how spiritual I am, especially since I call Jesus "Yahushua" instead of "Jesus", it adds to the spiritualism.
---Jed on 8/7/13

spoken and in private "closet" and in tongues speed dial and in code ...
---robin_arvizu on 8/6/13

Update: noticed since I love to pray aloud, my neighbors have a real respect, they have really tone down their wayward neighbor he seems very respectfull, just a calm change,one even tell me " god bless you!" I repond you,too! amen.
I give God all the glory, we have the one ex- aethiest! Believes, bible now
God can do anything! Amen.
---lidia4796 on 7/26/13

God alays hears the prayers of His people. Even when you wonder if He is listening. There are no set rule in this. Pray when the Person of the Holy Spirit comes upon you. Stay in a mode of prayer.
---pat on 10/19/12

Beloved, family these bloggs,are so close to my heart,you know bro.Adetunji really enjoy read and learn alot from this brother. My late grandmother believe open up and really get talking and speak to god Loud. the better and I never knew. No different,but let me tell you,truth when I was having cardiac. Arrest (heart attack) hospital mistake wrong medicine, I could Not Speak and I prayed cried inside myself "God please don't let me die! .." He answered that prayer Immediately! Thankyou, God, for blessing me still alive, love of JESUS
---ELENA on 10/19/12

Ann5758: I believe God is interested in us asking Him whatever we need from a SINCERE & TRUTHFUL heart. The mode of prayer (about 8 types in the Bible) is not the most important. You can use any mode that best suits your situation at a particular time.
---Adetunji on 9/10/12

We were all taught to honor Him with our lips ("prayer") and hope that God's will is going to be modified by our request, but for all who choose His gracious kindness to be sufficient for them....

Luke 6:35 "your reward will be great,......for he is kind....." (if His gracious kindness is not sufficient for you, then you cannot be a son of the Most High).

Do not worship God as as though He is a 'LEADER'....

Romans 1:21 "they did not honor him AS GOD".

Isaiah 57:15 "inhabits ETERNITY" (to "SONS", only GOD will be "high and lofty", be HUMBLE).

Let His gracious kindness be sufficient for you.
---more_excellent_way on 9/7/12

Remember, Satan is Prince of the Air. He can't read our minds. If you want to put him in his place, speak the word of God with boldness. Silent prayers aren't as effective. Jesus could've always just laid hands to heal, but He didn't. He said things. He commanded. And he prayed aloud. I don't think there are any examples of silent prayers in the Bible. Pray in private, so you can speak the word of God over yourself without fear of condemnation or judgment.
---Amy on 9/5/12

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i pray out loud when i am alone, silently when others are within earshot. mostly because i have no desire to share with anyone what i am praying about, because they would want to know, and then the details, and why i choose the words i do, etc.

and i would bet that 10 times a day those prayers will be similar if not carbon copies because i am praying for intercession - for God to make Himself very real to a friend right NOW!
---chip on 9/5/12

And while you are searching for the word "pray" in the KJV bible, do an online KJV bible search for the word "fast -fasten" and learn how Godly men and women fasted in the bible.
---Steveng on 9/4/12

Do an online KJV abible search for the word "pray" and learn how Godly men and women prayed in the bible.

As said before, prayer is simply conversation with God and though you were talking to your best worldly friend.

But do not pray the same words over and over again like the heathen. Some repeat the Lord's prayer over and over or what they call "the Sinner's Prayer." These prayers are just repeated prayers from the mind and not the heart as sincere prayers are.
---Steveng on 9/3/12

Ann, good question. I believe that what God really cares about is that we pray to him!
1Th5:17 Pray without ceasing.
Lu18:1 And he (Christ) spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint,
Eph5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Lord bless you and your son.
---trey on 9/3/12

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After reading God's Word cover to cover, nowhere does it say or describe anyone praying to our Heavenly Father in thought.
---PassinThru on 9/2/12

I don't believe prayers spoken aloud are answered more often than silent prayers. However, there is no way to tell.

I do think that the most urgent and desperate (and unquestionably sincere) prayers are often unspoken. God certainly hears these prayers and answers in sometimes amazing ways.
---Donna66 on 9/15/08

I don't think one or the other is answered more, however I do believe that you should not only pray in one way. What I mean is that you should not always pray out loud or silently. I tend to pray more silently because I feel that prayer is a conversation with God, and when I converse with God, it's OURS, not anyone elses. When you pray, pray so that God hears it, not men. Prayer is not a means for preaching- preaching is a means for preaching. Say your prayers to God and your sermons to people.
---Russell on 9/15/08

Neither does The Lord take pleasure in feast, rituals/ceremonies, being patronized, or flattery (lip service, like others who "worship with their lips"). Your endearment of Him is PRIVATE, not pub lic (and should be kept that way).

Amos 5:21
"I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies".

Romans 14:22
"The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God...".
---more_excellent_way on 9/14/08

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Mat. 6:5
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Mat. 6:6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
---Fred_S. on 9/14/08

Both silent and audible prayers are good. Ps. 27:7" Hear, o Lord when I cry with my voice"
Ps. 28:2 "Hear the voice of my cry"
He knows our needs before we even ask them and sometimes His Spirit make intercession for us. As long as we ask with a true heart and it is in line with His will He will answer.
Heb 4:16 "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may find grace to help in the time of need
---douglas on 11/24/07

So long as you pray with your heart and not for appearances, God hears and answers.

In public places I tend to pray privately or quietly. At home I may pray privately, but I also pray outloud with my children so that they will get into the habit and know how to pray. And yes I have told them that there are lots of ways to pray beyond the formal.
---lorra8574 on 4/1/07

The answer is no. The Bible tells us the best communion with God is when it's just you and God all alone. It is heaven on earth. If you belong to God, He hears you regardless and He welcomes your prayers. Be sure to also listen to Him. God loves to talk to His people. He loves it.
---catherine on 4/1/07

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my way of thinking if this god hear us and knows us no matter if we say a silent prayer or a loud one.... it doesnt matter where you pray or how you pray.
---irene7395 on 3/31/07

I have always assumed saying grace in a restaurant was the right thing to do, but sometimes I can't help but feel it's just "showing off"; am I wrong to feel this way though? I am mixed on this; please advise, anyone--thanks :)
---Mary on 8/23/06

The best scriptures have just been shown. All are right. May I add that when you pray in private, out loud or in silence God hears you. You should express yourself to Him in any way you are led. Out in public, praying out loud should be within respect for others who may be nearby. Those in like spirit will not mind and may be encouraged. Those who are not may be offended and shrink from your witness.
---mikefl on 1/24/06

While visiting a church my heart was burden about a young man setting two rows ahead. I felt the tugging of the spirit and I began to pray about this man's salvation. He a young man I don't know him. I asked my wife and friend on my left help pray for him. In a few moments he went forward and accepted Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord.
---mima on 1/24/06

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I know a man who gets by himself and prays out loud? Very interesting. This same man reads the Bible how loud to himself why because the Bible says, faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Perhaps your son will be encouraged by this.
---mima on 1/24/06

Prayer is a one on One conversation with God. If we don't ask HE can't answer. The bible says we do not have because we do not ask.(James 4:2) Spoken prayer is answered more.(1Peter 3:12) God enjoys conversating w/ His kids. He never sleeps nor slumbers.
1Timothy 2:1 lists several types of prayers.
---Rickey on 1/24/06

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