Praying in Your Closet – Is This Necessary?
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Recently I have posted the following (since early February):
† Spending a few moments in my office praying for the morning at Mt. Oak Fellowship! 4th of 5 in sermon series called Guardrails!
† Spent some time today praying for the lost in our church and in our community – this is often on my heart!
† Spending time praying for the lost in our church and community!
† Been up since 2:30 am – praying for the sisters and brothers at Mt Oak Fellowship – love this congregation and want to serve them in Christ!
The question is whether Matthew 6:6 tells us to pray privately or if sharing our prayers publicly is being boastful. The passage is found in this section of the Sermon on the Mount.
Matthew 6:5-8 – 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
As I read some commentaries – I found some that said this was a teaching about the hypocrites who prayed to hear themselves pray – to use many words to be honored by the community for their skill at praying. God teaches that in order to guard our hearts – our attitude when we pray – it is best to pray in quite – where God hears our prayers just as clearly as public prayer.
Question: Is this a teaching that says there should be no public prayer?
When I post a prayer thought that I am lifting before the Lord – my intent is to encourage the body that I am praying for us and for the lost among us. As a pastor I am trying to set an example of what to pray for and am not trying to boast about my prayer life. But am I boasting when I post my prayers? I do not post all of my prayers – just those that seem to be encouraging to the Body.
I would be interested in the opinions of others for sure. I would not want to do something that would be seen as boastful – but at the same time – if posting some prayers encourage the Body – I want to be able to do this. Your thoughts?
Just something to think about today as you go on your way.
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