Praying Out Loud

When my oldest son was little, maybe around five years old, I let him go outside and play in the yard for a while. His sister, Tyla, was in the bedroom taking a nap, and everything in the house was still and quiet.

Suddenly, I heard loud noises coming from the yard where Austin was playing. I rushed outside to see what was happening. When I opened the door, I realized he was singing at the top of his lungs. His song went something like this, “I love God, worship God, you are great…”

At first I thought, I should just let him sing his praises to God so the neighbors will hear. But because he was standing right outside the window where Tyla was sleeping, I asked him to please sing quietly. And with all sincerity he looked right at me and said, “But I’m worshipping God and I want Him to hear me.”

How my heart was touched! But despite the preciousness of his worship, there was still a sleeping sister to be considerate of. So I told him, “Even if you sing quiet, God still hears you.”

God is so amazing that we don’t need to pray out loud to be heard, yet there is still a special significance to praying, pleading, and singing, out loud. David wrote in Psalm 142:1, “I cry aloud with my voice to the LORD; I make supplication with my voice to the LORD.” Asaph wrote in Psalm 77:1, “My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will hear me.”

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