Hey everyone. I am concerned about something. I am concerned about public prayer. It would seem that Matthew 6:5-6 prohibits public prayer but I don’t think that is possible since the Mass is a public prayer (semi-public at least). Also, people post the prayers they are praying for others in the prayer intentions forum all the time. So, if it doesn’t prohibit public prayer then what is it saying? Please help.
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
(Matthew 6:5-6 NAB)