What are your thoughts on silent prayer?
Is silent prayer as effective as verbal prayer?
What are your experiences with praying by thoughts, impressions and interacting in visions?
Whether I pray out loud or silently depends entirely on the situation I’m in. There are times when I’m conversing with God that I do both and in those times, I’m usually alone.
When I’m praying with or for someone I almost always pray out loud. If I feel the recipient is to pray, it’s usually in the declarative realm and it’s always out loud, the spoken word has so much power and those declarations need power.
There are also times when I find myself in more of a “covert mode” and praying silently, whether in the spirit or just me and Holy Spirit is the wisest thing I can do. I may need a word of knowledge so I pray (ask) for one. I may need a word of wisdom or some discernment on how to proceed or how to respond and praying out loud isn’t appropriate.
I’ve been in situations where I’ve been attacked for one reason or another and I really want to react out of pain or emotion but I know that this is not the best thing to do. It’s then that I cry out silently for wisdom or even solace, during the storm.
So, is silent prayer as effective as verbal prayer? Yes, in my experience.