Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk. —1 Samuel 1:13
One day I told my daughter I was going to read a grown-up book for a while, and then we would look at books together. When I started to read in silence, she looked at me and said, “Mommy, you aren’t really reading.” If I wasn’t speaking, she assumed I wasn’t processing words.
Like reading, prayer can be silent. The Old Testament character Hannah, who longed for a child, visited the temple and prayed “in her heart.” Her lips were moving, but “her voice was not heard” (1 Samuel 1:13). She explained, “I was pouring out my soul to the Lord” (v. 15). God heard Hannah’s silent prayer and gave her a son (v. 20).
Our all-knowing God searches our hearts and minds, and He hears every prayer—even silent ones. We can confidently pray—knowing He’ll hear and answer (Matthew 6:8, 32). We can praise God, ask Him for help, and thank Him for blessings—even when no one else can hear us. If someone sees us talking to the Lord, he or she can say with confidence: “God hears her!”