Recently, a friend and I talked about why it is important to pray out loud to God. There was a question asked that was veiled in concern, “Well, since we could reveal things in prayer should we not say it out loud so the enemy doesn’t hear us?”
I think a lot of people share this concern, but today I want to dive into why speaking out loud is important. Why praying out loud to the Lord is needed.
In the past, I’ve heard the concern before, but it was wasn’t until God answered me that I discovered the best way to show why we need to pray out loud if we are able to speak. This time when the question was asked, God put this answer on my heart.
Question: “Why should we pray out loud when our enemy can hear us? Won’t he find out about what we struggle with?”
“Because we also speak out against the enemy. Because the glory of God is stronger than the enemy. Because even if you don’t speak out loud to God you reveal your struggles in other ways. Committing sins. Confessing to friends. Why can’t God be spoken to out loud if you can speak to me out loud or in text about your struggles?”
The enemy prowls around the earth. He roams constantly. Even if we are not speaking, our reactions show if his whispers have tempted our ears, if the lies got through. When we sin…it’s obvious.
It’s important to share our struggles and burdens with others. To ask for prayer. It’s important that we pray over each other. There’s a reason when we are in groups that we pray out loud for each other.
And all the more important that we do this with the Lord in secret. Please note: I’m not saying we cannot speak to the Lord in our mind. It’s just as important we do. But for those who are able to speak, we miss out on a lot if we are not speaking out loud to Him.
(NIV) Luke 11:02, “He said to them, “When you pray, *SAY: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.” emphasis added
Say- to utter words
*Of course other books of the Gospel do not reference the word “say” for this scripture, but I shared this to make a point. Speaking while praying is just as important as silently praying.
Praying Out Loud:
- Declaration– announcing out loud glory to God. Pleading for Him to help. Many times in scripture we see people cry out. Stephen, right as he was killed, cried out how he could see Jesus and for the Lord to receive him. His last words followed his Savior as he prayed for the Lord to forgive the people.
(NIV) Psalm 34:17, “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.”
(NIV) Acts 7:59-60, “While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.” *Sleeping can be mean death in scripture.
(NIV) Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Note: We can approach God’s throne with confidence that only comes from faith in Jesus Christ because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Ephesians 3:12, 2 Corinthians 3:04, Hebrews 10:19 Faith in Christ also helps us put on God’s righteousness Romans 3:22. We need all of these things for effective prayer. If we do not have Jesus, none of this matters. Our efforts are useless, we must have an active walk with Him. 1 Peter 3:18, Romans 5:02, 1 John 2:18, and 1 John 3:21
- Praise– singing worship songs is not the only way to praise God. When we speak we produce fruit. Whether that fruit is good or bad is our choice.
(NIV) Hebrews 13:15, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.
- Rebuking The Enemy- When Jesus rebukes Peter’s unintentional temptation, that Christ would never be killed, Jesus speaks out loud. It is always important before rebuking the enemy to pray to the Lord before, praise Him, and whenever rebuking the enemy speak only in scripture, like Jesus, as the word of God is your sword.
(NIV) Matthew 16:23, “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
See posts below for more information on how to resist the devil:
Before Jesus was handed over by His betrayer He spent a lot of time in prayer, crying out to God. The very last words of Jesus was a prayer that God forgive those who persecuted Him.
If Christ is our main example, and He is, we need no further reasoning to see the importance of calling out to God with spoken words. Praise Him with your lips. Let Him hear you and hold you as you cry. Encourage each other in prayer. Rebuke the enemy with the word of God!
Be bold in Jesus because Jesus gives us this confidence and righteousness through salvation because He died on the cross!
Example Prayer on Praying Out Loud:
“Lord, Jesus, please help me talk to You more. Help me speak to You out loud. Lord, if I can talk to my friends about my troubles then I should speak to You all the more.
Jesus, Your are my strength and my confidence. If there is anything in my life that is holding me back from You, reveal it to me. I want to walk boldly in You.
I know, Lord, that You keep Your promises, but I’m afraid. Help me speak in Your name against the enemy. Holy Spirit protect me with Your truth and point out scripture I can use to praise You and fight back against the enemy with.
All glory be Yours, Lord. Help me run to You in the secret place. Let the fruit of my lips be a pleasant and sweet sacrifice to You, Jesus. Amen.”
If you are not able to speak or struggle to pray out loud, I recommend a prayer journal. Writing can be powerful.
Did you or do you struggle talking out loud to God? How has God helped you? How can you work on speaking out loud more to Him?
Monthly Scripture – (NLT) Psalm 90:02, “Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, You are God.”
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