Summary: There is power in silent prayer as well as praying aloud in some cases especially during warfare.
“And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart.Only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard....”(1 Samuel 1:12-13)
“It so happened that as she continued in prayer before God, Eli was watching her closely. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, silently.
Her lips moved, but no sound was heard...”(MBCL)
“ Now while she was a long time in prayer before the Lord, Eli was watching her mouth. For Hannah's prayer came from her heart,
and though her lips were moving she made no sound...”(BBE)
“Ye lust, and have not, ye kill and desire to have, and cannot obtain;ye fight and war,yet ye have not, because ye ask not”(James 4:2)
Hannah was a woman of destiny. She was barren but by the power of silent praying at Shiloh, her situation was saved completely. Though, she suffered many things from her adversaries, yet she came out a better person. Peninnah was her adversary especially anytime she thought of going to the house of the Lord, Elkanah that tried to prove his love to her got another woman for himself, and Eli, the minister at the sanctuary misquoted her. She became confused physically but strong spiritually. Though, she had it all rough but she decided to communicate correctly to heaven, who helped her out. In all things, her voice was not heard when she was praying at Shiloh.
What a life that begot victory and testimony!
There is power in silent prayer as well as praying aloud in some cases especially during warfare. Christians receive from their heavenly father not by complaining, struggling, lusting, killing, desiring, cheating, fighting, warring or fretting but by “ASKING” appropriately to Him that created and knows all things. There must be asking before receiving. This can be possible by praying silently.
Some Christians today neglect the power of silent prayer.
None should criticize praying aloud but you should know that a room is provided for silent praying. Because there is power in silent prayer, it reveals to us the rightful manner someone approaches a king or a high officer in his community or nation. It calls for deep reverence, respect, humility, love, obedience and excellent conduct of behaviour. Whenever you are alone before God, you should learn to talk to Him.
The ways of God are past finding. You should learn from His encounter with the man, Elijah after His manifestation at Mount Carmel. The word of God recorded;
“The Lord said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by. Then a great and
powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave”. (1 kings 19:11-12 NIV)