What's the difference in a silent prayer and a thought? If a thought is directed toward God, is it now called a prayer? Do you pray out loud, silently, or both? Personally, I hardly ever pray silently any more because it doesn't feel like I'm really praying. Plus, I can stay focused and my mind doesn't wander as much when I pray out loud. At my church we all pray together, out loud. I didn't like this at first, because I couldn't hear what anyone was praying. But then I realized that, when I was growing up in another church, all I ever did was listen to someone else pray. I never actually prayed myself. Then it hit me: I don't remember anywhere in the Bible where it says they "called on Brother ________" to pray, or to lead us in prayer. So now I actually like praying out loud along with everyone else. Your thoughts? Is "thinking" a thought toward God actually praying, or do you need to actually speak it?