The Day I Decided To Pray Out Loud & GraceFull Tuesday

Pray Out Loud

I’m an introvert and I fear not being good enough. (Hi, nice to meet you.) So praying out loud doesn’t exactly come naturally to me. I didn’t grow up in a believing family, and I didn’t really hear how people prayed. It took me quite a long time after being born again, to have to courage to pray out loud.

One day about a year ago, I decided that I could pray out loud. Not only that I could, but also that I should.

Today, I am so thankful for the decision I made back then. Partly because God has made a leader since then. As a leader, I am expected to pray. I still get nervous about it sometimes. I still wonder whether my prayers are good enough, whether my words are right… but those do not really matter. What matters is the heart behind that prayer.

There are prayers you can pray for all believers.

I realized that no matter the situation or whether I know the person, there are always something I can pray. So I put some thought into this, as I wanted to make sure my heart knew these also. These are not all applicable in all situations. But these are good prayers to pray in many situations. Here are some prayers I have thought of:

  • God’s guidance and leading in that situation.
  • Encouragement and strength for that person.
  • Grace to grow closer to God.
  • That God would show His love for that person.

These are all prayers that I honestly want for myself and for all others. So these are prayers I can pray, no matter the situation or the person.

So my encouragement is this: take the bold step of faith. Decide that you — yes, you — can pray out loud. Know that your prayers are important, they are valuable, they are good. You might struggle in your words; but God knows and hears your heart. And if you are like me and wonder whether your words are good enough or make enough sense? Maybe make a list, too. A list of prayers you would want to pray for any person. Not word by word prayers, but things that you would want to pray. And then tuck those into your heart.

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8 Comments

  1. I think it bolsters our faith to hear our own words to God, and, for me at least, it keeps me from being lazy in my communication. Also, I want to be more intentional about praying with friends when we are together.

  2. Hi there Ronja,

    I’m glad to hear the Lord has brought you to a place where you can pray out loud. All glory be to God.

    I also enjoyed the prayer topics you listed. They are noble and godly things to pray for. If you look at the Apostle Paul’s prayers in his letters, they are commonly for spiritual things rather than physical. We often pray for physical things such as good health, pain relief, etc.

    A good book to check out that really changed my prayer life is “Praying with Paul” by DA Carson. In that book, he analyzes Paul’s prayers in his epistles and draws out the wonderful truths that we should be praying as well. At one point, he makes the recommendation to pray aloud in your private prayer because it helps keep your mind focused and not wander.

    Another great resource to help give your verbal prayers fresh vocabulary is to read/pray the Book of Common prayer. Check out this prayer for people who are sick:

    “ALMIGHTY and immortal God, the giver of life and health: We beseech thee to hear our prayers for thy servant N., for whom we implore thy mercy, that by thy blessing upon him and upon those who minister to him of thy healing gifts, he may be restored, according to thy gracious will, to health of body and mind, and give thanks to thee in thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

    I got that from here:
    http://prayerbook.ca/resources/bcponline/

    Thanks for the link up!

  3. Good for you, Ronja. I used to be timid about praying aloud also. I grew up in a faith tradition that mainly let just the men pray aloud, so I didn’t even hear other women pray aloud. Once I broke free of that chain, I realized the power in praying aloud. And I’ll never go back to how I was before. 🙂

  4. Isn’t it amazing how God’s Spirit changes ours! I too was an introvert before I knew the Lord but since knowing Him over the last four decades…

    He has taken me to different places & nations to share the testimony of His sustaining love in the most tragic of circumstances before crowds of people. 😀
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

  5. Being an introvert it also took me awhile to pray aloud. But I started at home in my own prayer time. It helps keep me more focused as well. Then I began with my family. Then extended family. Now I will pray for some friends when they aren’t feeling well. I can pray in small prayer groups. What I am working on now is praying with strangers, when I feel the nudge. That is much harder for me to obey! I sure like Georgeunices comment above. Very helpful! Great topic Ronja.