“When we pray, do we need to actually speak out loud our prayer?” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Prayer may be defined and understood as an act of and process of communication between creature as he seeks to know and come to the creator and Jesus the redeemer in love. Perhaps best put, prayer is the attempt and desire for a relationship with Christ and god the father and that relationship is based on and founded on the basis of love since we may say that without love there and can be no effective communication and without the goal love no form of friendship is possible. And so we have the question, is prayer only possible in the form and mode of speaking aloud? I think first god knows our thoughts spoken and unspoken and like the operation of an x-ray knows what we say and think before we ever say or think it. Second, prayer is a spiritual exercise and takes place first and foremost in our minds and souls and spirits. More exactly put, prayer is mental rather than spoken although both occur and are possible. And so I conclude that in some real sense prayer is primarily in some deep and profound and gripping sense unspoken since god and Christ speaks to us in and through our minds and in and through our total person. Yes, spoken prayer takes place, but prayer, us knowing God and him coming to know, is an inner experience within our souls and minds. Love which is the impetus and operation of prayer is and must be unspoken. Love is something that we experience in ourselves and communicate to Christ in an essentially personal and an interior operation. God always hears our unspoken voice and by the same token god speaks to us noting a loud and raucous voice but in the still small voice he spoke to Elijah in times and ages past.