Why You Should Pray Out Loud
John Bunyan once said, “When you pray, rather the heart be without words than your words be without heart.”
Many people often wonder if they should even bother praying out loud because, “If God can read our thoughts, what’s the point, right?” And although it is true that God can read our thoughts, I’d like to present to you a few reasons why I believe that there is a benefit in us praying to God out loud.
What Scripture Teaches
Prayer in itself is not just the thoughts, but verbalizing of those thoughts. In fact, we only see two instances in the Bible where the idea of silent prayers are depicted. The first one is Abrahams’s servant, found in Genesis 24:45 where it mentions that he was speaking in his heart; the second is Hannah in 1 Samuel 10:-15.
When we look at the Bible, we see that almost every time a prayer is recorded, it was done by speaking out loud.
For instance, in Psalm 4 we see,
But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him.Pslam 4:3
Another verse in Psalms says,
O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry.Psalms 88:1-2
The Psalmist often refers to “lifting up your voice” “crying out” “crying out loud to the Lord” and other similar phrases that give insight into the way they communicated with God.
We see throughout the Scriptures that God desires us to lift our voices to Him.
10 People who Cried out to God In a Time of Need
- The Fathers of Israel–1 Samuel 12:8
- The Children of Israel–Exodus 2:23-24
- Moses–Exodus 15:25
- Samuel–1 Samuel 7:8-9
- Children of God–1 Chronicles 5:19-20
- David–Psalms 138:3
- Jonah–Jonah 1:1-2
- Bartimaeus–Mark 10:46-62
- Jesus–John 17:1; Luke 23:24
- Apostles–Acts 7:59-60
These are all examples of people in the Bible who at one point or another lifted up their voices in prayer or in a cry to God. There are so many Scriptures demonstrating how thoughts and heartfelt emotions were expressed out loud to God. I encourage you to begin practicing praying out loud.
Benefits of Praying out Loud
1. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
God desires our hearts to speak. Our hearts should be full of God’s Word and of thankfulness to Him. As we grow closer to God, our hearts naturally begin to pour out what is filling them.
2. Jesus instructed us to pray out loud.
In Luke 11 it says,
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.Luke 11:2
The Lord desires us to pray out loud.
3. The Lord promises to reward our prayers.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.Jeremiah 33:3
When you’re in your secret place, open up your mouth and lift up your voice to God. Tell your desires to Him.
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Approach Him in reverence but as His child. When I pray, I don’t use complicated language. I try and speak simply and from a vulnerable and open heart to Him. Pray as a child does to their Father, in the simplicity of your heart.
I would encourage you to try and pray out loud if you already don’t. You’ll notice that sometimes a shift happens when you decide to speak your thoughts. It’s almost as if what you’re thinking becomes even more real and it allows you to experience God in a different way.
I pray this was a blessing. Please share this blog and let me know what you think!