In Luke 11:2, when Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he taught them to pray out loud. “And he said unto them, ‘When ye pray, say.’”

Prayers are not meant to be thought or to be silent. At times, situations confront us when all we can do is whisper a prayer under our breath. But generally speaking, we are to speak and declare our prayers to God.

The Holy Spirit travels on the words of our voice and sound waves that we speak. Angels are sent to minister unto us because we are heirs of salvation. They respond to our words. Jesus said, “Enter into your closet and shut the door.” Not only does this allow us to close the door to interruptions, but it also gives us the privacy to speak our petitions to the Lord.

Silent meditation is not mentioned in the Bible, but lifting up holy hands and shouting with the voice of triumph is what God enjoys.

We never pray to be heard of man, but man needs to hear us praying. Your children need to hear you pray for them out loud. You need to hear yourself pray. It helps build your own faith. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).