555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

316. Do Public Prayers Violate Christ's Injunction to Enter into the Closet When We Pray?

No. Christ referred to the ostentatious devotion of the Pharisees who chose a public place for their devotions, with the motive that men might see them and honor them as pious people (John 16:23). There are many intimations in the New Testament that God approves of his people meeting together for prayer.