Question: If we are not supposed to pray in public “like the hypocrites”, shouldn’t all prayer be private prayer?
Answer: There are many examples of public prayer in the Bible. Jesus’ point was not to avoid praying publicly but to avoid praying publicly in order to receive praise. We inadvertently fall into this trap when we do pray publicly because we want people to think we’re great Christians as evidenced by the way we pray. We shouldn’t have that as our focus, but merely be focused on speaking honestly and worshipfully to God on behalf of those with whom we are praying. Forget about how you sound to others and focus on how you sound to God.