I Timothy 2:8
Christians should have a private prayer life. It is acceptable to pray in public in many cases as well.
In Matthew 6, Jesus is speaking of hypocrites who are supposedly praying privately to God but are doing it to be seen of others. Jesus wants us to pray to Him not to be noticed by others, but to truly communicate with Him, and so He commands us to make sure our prayers are private. However, other times, we may pray publicly for the benefit of others. For instance, Jesus prayed publicly for the benefit of others in John 11:42. However, when our intent is to privately communicate with God, we are not to seek glory from men.
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