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 others. Truly I tell you, 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.
Again, Jesus calls out the religious leaders who look to garner attention by praying in front of others. While Jesus is not against “public prayer” specifically, he says in this context it would be better to pray to God in private. Why? Prayer is the primary way we personally connect with our Father in heaven. It is so easy for us to get distracted by so many things when we seek a “quiet time” with God. In our culture, we are so busy with cell phones going off, and laptops begging us to do more work, it is hard to get uninterrupted time. But before we get started with our busy day, the most productive thing we can do is spend quality time with God. I have found time with God multiplies my time and energy, and I am more in step with what God wants me to do and how to do it. Prayer isn’t a performance, it is a “conversation with God under the influence of the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus teach us how to pray early and often. You modeled fellowship with Your Heavenly Father for us to imitate. In Your name, Amen.