1.24.2006

For Prayin' Out Loud

Some religions require their adherents to worship in a set manner—at certain times of day, in a certain fashion, even certain words. Likewise, some religions (Islam, for example) may require that certain prayers be given verbally—that is, the prayer must be said aloud. For many of us, day-to-day life is not filled with such prayers. One may pray often, and one may do so in a variety of fashions—kneeling at the bedside, closing the eyes, etc.—but I suspect many of these prayers are offered in silence.

I don’t know the reasons behind it, but I have taken a liking to saying prayers “out loud,” even when I am not praying as part of a group. Ironically, I find this sometimes helps me to pour my heart out more fully. This seems counterintuitive, but I have had such feelings on not just a few occasions. It seems there is something to this.

I am curious if anyone else has experienced something similar. Or, does anyone have any proposed insight as to why this may be the case? I would never give up my silent prayers, for I feel there is a certain quality to them that I sometimes desire in particular. But verbal prayers have taken a special place in my heart. Any thoughts?

6 comments:

Josh said...

I think praying out loud is probably the best way to go. From a personal standpoint, it helps me to concentrate on what I am saying, and it sort of forces a structure as well. It also makes it feel like I am really talking to God, and not just having some personal thoughts. Also, I am one that believes the devil cannot read your thoughts, so praying out loud puts him on notice as to what you are thinking, feeling, and that you're serious about your relationship with God. Just some random thoughts, but that's where I stand! Great thought!

Benny K said...

Josh, I find your opinion on the devil rather unique and refreshing. I bet a lot of people would think that, by praying out loud, we are alerting the devil to our needs and weakenesses, thereby enabling him to work against us more fully. You've certainly turned that notion on its head. Interesting!

AndyOfVermont said...

Makes sense. I've never really thought of praying out loud by myself, but I find that my mind wanders when I do it silently for more than a minute or so. My solution has often been to actually write the prayer. Works well for me.

amie-j said...

Yo Benny K! Due to some of the practices of the Church I am attending, praying out loud has become one of my practices as well, and I find it to be very fulfilling! I have kind of mumbled my prayers (when alone) all along, but to actually just say them right out loud seems to make a more honest pray-er out me!

We had a class on prayer recently, and they actually suggested praying out loud when ever possible, although they didn't go into why.

JoAnna said...

I have found in the past that an out loud prayer makes me more honest. It's like you really have to be sincere to say the words out loud- otherwise, you could "just be thinking" it.


Sometimes I can think a thought for a long time, but when I actually have to express it to someone, that's when I know what I really think or feel about it. And that has been true in prayer as well. I find it humbling.

I've also had the thought that if I say it out loud, the devil will know and try to thwart me. I like what Josh said too. But I will say, that some things are best left in the heart- now I have to ask, even when talking to God?

Th. said...

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I think it creates focus. Now I gotta go because my son won't let me type more until we watch the We Are Scientists video with the bear....