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What about public prayer?
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:53:05 AM »
When would you say public prayer is in order and when it isn't? For example in the following:

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 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. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him." Mt.6:5-8 NIV.

What are your thoughts about praying in public places such as asking the Lords blessing over lunch or dinner in public restaurants, etc.


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Re: What about public prayer?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 03:40:19 PM »
If I'm in concert with fellow believers, then praying in public over a meal is fine because I want those at the table and the food to be blessed.  It's not about a show, but it's about giving and receiving a blessing. If I'm the only believer at a table, then I'll pray silently, so as to not attract attention.

Even in Jesus day, there were certain kinds of "public prayers" that were acceptable and weren't showing off.
"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

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Re: What about public prayer?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2012, 11:43:00 PM »
We're pretty much on the same page with a brief qiet prayer prior to a meal.  In fact, even when I'm alone, it is a regular procedure of mine.  However, I have suffered through those times when the person asked to pray for a group of us prior to our meal, it has been a long winded needless experience.

I can only speak for myself, as I do not believe in praying in public places, unless it is in a specific meeting of Christians who are in any place where they can be held privately, including churches, revivals. With the exception of a quiet brief prayer for those critically ill in hospitals, serious accidents, those near death, funerals and in restaurants. Otherwise IMO, it seems to border on self righteousness.


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Re: What about public prayer?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 10:18:46 AM »
We're pretty much on the same page with a brief qiet prayer prior to a meal.  In fact, even when I'm alone, it is a regular procedure of mine.  However, I have suffered through those times when the person asked to pray for a group of us prior to our meal, it has been a long winded needless experience.

I can only speak for myself, as I do not believe in praying in public places, unless it is in a specific meeting of Christians who are in any place where they can be held privately, including churches, revivals. With the exception of a quiet brief prayer for those critically ill in hospitals, serious accidents, those near death, funerals and in restaurants. Otherwise IMO, it seems to border on self righteousness.

Here is the prayer I say:

"Bless us oh Lord and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord."

It's a good prayer because it blesses the people, as well as the gifts (food). We have the power to bless with our words, so we should exercise that power!!!

Regarding public prayer: If you pray it from your heart, then it's holy!!! God knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts.  :D
"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

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Re: What about public prayer?
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 11:52:15 AM »
I'm in agreement with you on that.  I fully believe any prayer that is fully thought processed and unspoken to the Lord is every bit as effective as though it had been spoken aloud.


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