“Praying in Public” by Doug Fincher

July 18,  2016 - “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”   Matthew 6:6  

My son Mark called several years ago to say that he and his wife have started back to church (thank you, Lord!).   He said the church they’d visited Sunday was large, had good music, and “everyone had a Bible”. “The preacher preached good, but never smiled”, he laughed.

“Dad, I’d just faint if I were asked to pray in public.” “I pray on the way to and from work and every night, but I don’t think I could pray in public”. He was surprised when I told him how many good people never pray in public. 

I told him that public prayer isn’t an essential and that his Pastor knows that, too.  An inability to pray publicly is no sin.

But praying only in public is.