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Are You Praying… Out Loud?

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?”

The answer

“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:

Taking Territory Back From Satan | Denying Flesh & True Repentance

Resisting The Devil (Not For The Weak)

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.

Comment Below:
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?

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20 thoughts on “Are You Praying… Out Loud?

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I have struggled with this issue to the point I wouldn’t name a prayer or even text it for fear of Satan using it. What shallow faith we have sometimes, huh?

    Have a wonderfully blessed week~💖

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    1. Praise Jesus for ministering to you!!! Our enemy will get in our head with lies and use those lies to steal time away from God and giving Him glory! He will make us more afraid of him forgetting that God is the One who puts him in his place! May your fear rest in the power of Jesus and what He can do to our soul! May you be strengthened in the truth and speak against the enemy!

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  2. I’ve prayed out loud in groups since I was a teenager, but I remember the first time I experienced someone praying out loud spontaneously as she went about her day. I didn’t know what to think about it.
    Sometimes when I’m praying alone against the enemy of our souls, I whisper out loud, especially saying the name of Jesus louder.
    I agree with you; the devil is sending up a smokescreen with that line of reasoning. He has been observing our weaknesses for a long time so he’ll know what kind of attack will work best. HE ACTUALLY FEARS OUR PRAYERS. So he tries to make us afraid to pray.

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    1. Prayers are like incense to our King ❤

      Thanks for sharing, Ruth!!! I grew up in a church in which people didn't pray out loud. I didn't experience that until my mid 20s but it is so powerful to hear people pray at once.

      Talking to God is always so precious to me and I hope more are encouraged to speak out loud to Him, not only in worship but in prayer and plea.

      Amen, our enemy is threatened!

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  3. Good point! I find I pray aloud when I’m tired…helps me focus. But I usually converse silently with God. In the case of praising him, I try not to keep that to myself though. I love sharing praises with my kiddos in junior church and hearing theirs in return.

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  4. Love this post! I have always been the type to pray out loud very boldly (sometimes waking my baby up at night lol). I’ve also been told when you pray in your prayer language that the enemy can’t understand what you are saying to God.

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    1. Prayer is so important ❤

      Oh, wow! I never heard that before. I don't know about scripture indicating the enemy not hearing us but we are given authority in the name of Jesus and that's powerful by itself because the enemy must obey Jesus. Thanks for sharing!

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