Why Do You Pray Out Loud?

Someone asked me one time, why do you pray out loud?  I had to think about that for a minute.  For me: praying out loud helps me feel a connection to God the minute I begin praying.  It helps me to not get distracted or lose focus on whatever it is that I am praying about.  A lot of times I pray out loud in the name of Jesus, asking Him to bind the evil one from entering my thoughts.  I don’t even give Satan the acknowledgement of who he is. That’s why I call him the evil one, the devil, or deceiver because that is who he is.  

If you pray “In the Name of Jesus, evil one get behind me” the Lord will answer your prayer, because you said, “In the name of Jesus.”  Jesus is the only one who can know your thoughts. The devil can only hear them. "And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, 'Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?'" Matthew 9:4. 

Praying out loud makes it more personal to me.  The bible says: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” – James 5:16. When I hear myself saying the words out loud, it helps me stay focused.   

My prayer journal is divided into different sections. One section holds my own personal prayers, while other sections include prayers for family, friends, world, police, firefighters, government/military and teachers and even an important section about miracles.  I write the date and the prayer down, and I pray for that person or persons for weeks. Sometimes even for years.  When the prayer has been answered, I write the date it was answered and a brief description of how it was answered.  

If you believe in Jesus, when you die, you will go to heaven. But let me make this clear, you must believe in Him and ask Him to come into your life.  When you go to heaven, your body will be free of all disease, sin, hurt, pain, sadness, even loneliness.  The Bible tells us: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." 

Years ago, I was in a bible study at Fellowship Bible Church and the teacher told us to be careful how we pray. For instance, if you are praying for a friend who has cancer, and pray for healing, or complete healing, healing from something could mean you are praying for them to go to heaven. Ultimately, if you pray for healing, going to heaven is the answer to complete healing from all aliments.  So instead, I started praying like this, “Dear Lord, please remove the cancer and heal my friend, this side of heaven.”  I want to make sure God knows I want my friend healed while she is here on earth and not take her to heaven!

I always pray out loud during my morning prayer time, and again right before I go to bed.  All throughout the day I pray silently.  I call them popcorn prayers. Ephesians 6:18 says: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

I’m constantly sending up little prayers.  For instance, if I hear of a friend in a crisis situation, or see an ambulance driving by, I pray for the people in it, or if I see violence on T.V., I pray for the families, police and victims.  Paul says to pray without ceasing! 1 Thessalonians 5:17