Why Do You Pray Publicly?

The Bible does not prohibit us from praying publicly, but it does prohibit the wrong motive. Jesus taught, “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward” (Matthew 6:5).
In Acts 27:35, Paul prayed before all the crew and passengers of the ship that he was on during a storm. However, he was not looking to show how religious he was, but he wanted them to know that God would take care of them. Paul wanted them to believe in God. The apostle used public prayer as a means of evangelism.
If we only want to be seen by men that they might praise us for the wonderful prayer we led, then Jesus promised that is all the reward we shall receive, meaning that God shall not answer the prayer, nor shall He do anything else to reward us.

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