Posted by: thaishin | December 28, 2011

Does Satan hear your thoughts?

I know that God hears our prayers if we utter our thoughts to him in our mind because God looks at our hearts. A thought came to mind, is Satan also able to hear the thoughts in our minds even before we utter it in our mouths? The thought can be scary because Satan can cater his attacks on us. Satan prowls around like a roaring lion as stated in James. So is he waiting to pounce on our stray thoughts and wrestle our thoughts to his advantage or he just tempts us with temptations and hope that our will go his way? If he is able to read our thoughts, we have to continually confess our sinful thoughts to God through Jesus. Even if he is not able to do so, we still have to continually confess our sinful thoughts to God as it arises in our minds because we are told to be holy just as He is holy.  Any of you with scriptures to address this question?

1 Chronicles 21: 1-2

1 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are. -niv

1And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

2And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.


It seems in 1 Chronicles 21:1 that Satan worked on David’s heart, provoked him into action. So we can imply that God’s peace was absent from David’s heart and he was provoked into action. Scripture did not say Satan was able to read David’s thoughts.

Matthew 16:23

23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. -kjv

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” -niv

Here Jesus is tempted by Satan through Peter to fill him with human concerns but it never says Satan read Jesus’s thoughts.

Our thoughts arise in our mind and heart naturally. Satan is not able to control our thoughts/will just as God does not want to control our thoughts/will. But the battle with Satan starts in the thought front, and he throws attacks at us through words outside of mind/heart and hopes to gain some foothold in our thoughts/mind/heart. Still, it does not answer the question, is Satan able to hear our thoughts. My guess is that he can’t but it does not matter as long as we rely on God’s word for our defense against him. It does not matter to Satan also as long as he can gain a foothold in our hearts.



  1. According to The Holy Scripture I can not remember reading or even discussing this question ever. This is a good question and now I am curious about the answer. I am contacting my pastor friend who will be able to give me … or us the answer. Back to you later Thai Shin. Thanks.

  2. Came across this site which seems to be useful for the question in my title.

    • Hi Thai Shin and Ellen,

      I personally think that Satan cannot read our thoughts. As far as I knew, nothing in Scriptures suppports that Satan can read our mind and hearts. Only God is all-powerful, all-present and all-knowing.

      Blessed New Year 2012 to you and your family.


  3. Answer from a pastor friend of my friend:

    No, we don’t believe Satan knows our thoughts but he does hear what we say. He can tempt us or put suggestions near or in front of us to get us to do something that we shouldn’t do. Satan is not omniscient, omnipresent or omnipotent. We must not give him too much credit but we must be aware of the evil he can produce in our lives due to our own weaknesses.

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