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Pray Out Loud Or Quietly

What is the difference between praying out loud and praying in your heart? Some say the power of the spoken word works. Others are saying praying in your heart is the same as praying out loud - what do you say?

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Thank you Mark and thanks for the scriptures. The references help to bring Gods perspective strait from His word and add to my little two pennies worth of insight. He is an awesome God and so familiar with all of our ways and foolish weaknesses that seem to weigh us down. I am thankful that these earthly bonds will someday be broken and His thoughts will be my thoughts and my prayers will be in perfect union with his will and purpose and this old tent wont Hyde His glory, but rather we will be as He is. Oh, to have a pure heart and clean hands and cast our crowns before him and be able to look at His face.

In His loving grip
---Poppa_Bear on 1/18/12

Poppa Bear, great answer. I also do the same. When we say the words they come out better then just thinking them. God is not worried how we pray, for He says,
"For I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them" (Ezek. 11:5). Though He is invisible to us, we are not so to Him. How awesome He really is. "Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art aquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue but, lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether" (Ps. 139:2-4). Isn't that just awesome? Lo, O Lord.
---Mark_V. on 1/18/12

When I am alone and pray outloud I seem to make more distinct requests to God and can articulate my thoughts better. When I pray in my mind, I seem to pray about many more things, but sometimes there are so many things that they almost just flash through my mind and I dont necessarily reflect over each of the issues as much as when I take the time to speak them aloud. Either way, I do pray both ways depending on my mood, energy, the issue and so on. Hope this gives you another perspective.
In His loving grip
---Poppa_Bear on 1/16/12

When you are alone in private, is it best to pray(speaking) out loud or quietly in/with your mind ?
---patrick_jay on 1/16/12

* when you God heals when the elders believe for you, pray in secret God rewards openly,if you pray according to loudness and self the person gets up with the same complaint.

Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Jhn 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands, and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

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.
---Carla on 8/21/10

If someone went about praying loud so people could here what was said, what would be secret? Ok someone has a STD would you go bawling that out. No you would not, so if God can understand what you are praying without actually saying the complaint, the complaint is secret he can here that but the rest is public?

So: You chose what to pray in public and what you pray in private. Really ...You doctoring that prayer suits the ears around you.

But if you pray out loud the hope is if the person gets healed they will attribute that prayer to you, not God. It don't work like that for God it works like that for you,when God heals he heals when you pray, the person will generally get with the same complaint.
---Carla on 8/21/10

Believe you me, I would ignore idiots, if God would allow me to. I am not one who tries to convince anyone of anything. How would that be possible bunch of stiff-necks. I AM CELEBRATING. I do it on here and do it everywhere I go and do it around my home. Come on Mima.
---catherine on 8/20/10

Catherine dear,

I did and they all say the same thing!

However I am not saying that if one was to ask for prayer or healing within service time and the bishop elders and deacons prayed believing for you would be classed the same, but the example is to pray without an audience.
---Carla on 8/19/10

''The ones I deem fit''

The ones that you have prayed in your closet Catherine the others I told you in my word only hypocrites and disobedient people pray out loud, it is written in my word.

put the commentaries back into the closet and take out the Living Word of God, some commentaries lie!
---Carla on 8/19/10

I said to God, I use a lot of my energy talking to You all day long. You hear all of my prayers, don't You? And You answer all my prayers. He said, "the ones I deem fit".
---catherine on 8/19/10

Carla>>>Pleeease get your commentates and dictionaries out of your closet, and study that Scripture. Jesus is never gonna tell us not to pray publicly. What are we suppose to do with the Person of the Holy Spirit when He comes upon us and we began to pray, OUT LOUD? Come on....I'll give you a hint, but, you must study for yourself. The Pharisees were praying not to God, but to and for the people. Show offs they were.
---catherine on 8/19/10

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.

Mat 6:7
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Mat 6:8
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
---Carla on 8/19/10

I pray aloud but most of the time I pray silently. I believe that it really doesn't matter how you pray as long as you are sincere when you pray and considering your location at that moment you then determine the appropriate way. to pray silent or loud.GOD WILL HEAR YOU EITHER WAY!
---nessy on 8/18/10

Well, it's not exactly the same. All depends. Sometimes, God will call you to pray out-loud. You can do it by His mighty power, so do it.
---catherine on 8/13/10

Both ways are acceptable. God knows our thoughts. I like to pray out loud in certain situations. Especially when I am alone. I pray out loud at church too, but mostly,pray in my heart. Whatever you choose is ok. It is your choice. God does not put burdens on us like that. This is something someone(usually a fanatic etc..) has basically passed around to others and this theory just stuck. A lot of what you hear is religious stuff. Something that sounds good but it is not required of us. This is what the catholic religion, is all about. A lot of dogma,traditions and man-made garbage. As long as you pray(communicate) with God. Is the main thing. He wants to hear from His children everyday. We do this through prayer.
---Robyn on 8/13/10

I talk to Jesus all the day long. I speak words which comes from Him out loud all day long. I pray inside, to Him, and Over meals always out-loud. Sometimes, when I am in my pulpit I pray out-loud. There is absolutely no set rules. Only one, you must pray. What is a life of a Christian, but, a praying life. Come on.
---catherine on 5/23/10

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No difference in prayer, silent or loud, as long as it is sincere.

I agree with this because greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world
---michael_e on 5/22/10

No difference in prayer, silent or loud, as long as it is sincere.
---michael_davis on 5/18/10

The only difference is that your enemy, the devil, can hear your prayer when spoke aloud. Praying silently, he cannot hear you and he CANNOT read your mind or heart.

Therefore, if you need to say a prayer that you do not want anyone to hear except God, say it silently.
---Mark_Eaton on 5/19/10

No difference in prayer, silent or loud, as long as it is sincere.
Donna said it right
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: Donna66 on 3/21/10
---michael_davis on 5/18/10

We are reminded that prayer must not be used to puff up our own self-importance, nor used as a weapon to deride or chastise others. The silent, humble prayer from the heart is by far more pleasing to God than the blustery, teach-others-by-saying-it-out-loud kind of prayer. Yet, we also must remember that prayers IN AGREEMENT accomplish much...and of need, must be vocalized that all can be focused on the same track.
---Elaine on 5/17/10

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Of course, it is not the same. When I am out in my yard doing work and God says to me, "I want you to pray". the desire is there. So, instinctively, I know what to do. when I take a short break from grass-cutting, God's holy Spirit comes upon me, I open my mouth and out comes the words.[ I am loud]. I am not ashamed. It is a shameful thing to end up in hell....I admit I feel funny at times. I do this out of obedience to the living God, and ofcourse I love Him, appreciate Him. God first.... started me in this when I was living over in this snake pit of an apartment complex. More devils than you could shake a stick at. So, I am going to end this with: Just pay attention, you will know when, how, and what, to do. Amen.
---catherine on 5/17/10

Both ways are acceptable to God. I am sure. He knows what is in our hearts and minds,anyway. I like variety so I switch between the two. Sometimes we need to pray out loud when we are going through trials and testing. It gives us more power and strength. More conviction and weight to our prayers. When we bind and rebuke satan, we can look downward then speak loudly, with authority. The devil well flee,from us. Amen.
---Robyn on 3/23/10

larry-- Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
---Donna66 on 3/21/10

Donna, try this....

Pray loud enough for God to hear you.
---larry on 3/20/10

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I can't think of any examples of anyone praying in their head in the Bible, however there are times for it.
---Alan on 3/19/10

Hannah, the mother of Samuel prayed for a child with only her lips moving and what a remarkable blessing came out of that prayer(I.Samuel,1:13). I pray aloud and sometimes I pray silently. One way or the other the Lord hears them both for they are a vail of sweet incense springing up into heaven.
---Connie on 3/17/10

I prefer praying in private, but find it helpful to pray aloud. (otherwise, sometimes, my mind wanders). I don't think there is a difference in effectiveness (between spoken or silent) In fact, if you look for the "best" formula, you may hamper your prayer life (my opinion only) I don't think God has a preference.

To me the best way is to talk to Him is in ordinary language as you would a wise friend... one who will NOT misunderstand...for Whom you need not hold back...Who always has your best interest at heart.. Who will never tire...Who has the power to do all things, even what seems impossible.

And sometimes it's good to just enjoy His presence without saying anything.
---Donna on 3/17/10

Whether praying out loud or praying in our heart God hears us. When praying out loud we must becareful it's coming from our heart and we're not putting on a show for others.

---Shary on 3/17/10

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I prefer to pray out loud because I pray the word and I really would like to believe I water myself when I pray the word.

I want to make sure the right people hear me....the angels, God and Jesus. I know God is not a people and I know Jesus is the Son of Man as well as the Son of God.

Can you tell that Cluny has me running scared of my theology since I don't always say things the way I mean them? LOL
---Donna on 3/17/10

I'd prefer to pray out loud. Also prefer to pray alone. I love to pray in my car when I am by myself. I also like to pray out loud in my own house when I'm the only one home.
I do not like formalized prayer. I do not like written out prayer.
I believe prayer to be a two-way conversation, you do the talking and Almighty God does the listening. And I can be certain of his listening to pray in his will. This is the great secret of answered prayer. Did God hear you? If you prayed in his will he did, and futhermore if you prayed in his will you have the petition you have may have him. Glory hallelujah to his name!!!
---mima on 3/17/10

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.
Matt 6:5

God hears whats in your heart... no need to shout.
---NurseRobert on 3/16/10

Only God's words have such power, Janice.

Our words can only justify or condemn ourselves.
---Cluny on 3/16/10

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I would say as devotion prompts and opportunity serves.

However, a rule of prayer (that is, set prayers) said aloud are necessary to teach us what true prayer is.
---Cluny on 3/16/10

When God created the world, He spoke out loud with words to bring it into existence because words are powerful and what gives words the fuel is our voices. When we want to speak those things thats not as though they were, we must speak out loud. God even says that His word doesnt return unto Him void but accomplishes what it is set out to do! Say it LOud!!!
---Jenice on 3/16/10

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