Praying in Public

Is it appropriate for a Christian to pray in public? Acts 27:35 helps us answer this question.

And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

As an imprisoned passenger on a ship, Paul prayed publicly before a group meal. This was not a private meal, nor was it an agape dinner with Christian members of a church. The group he ate with included other prisoners and a crew of Roman soldiers and sailors. In fact, the group totaled 276 people (Acts 2:37). This certainly qualifies as a public prayer!

So how did he pray? He prayed before they ate, and he prayed a simple prayer.  It was not elaborate and lengthy, nor did it draw attention to himself. He recognized God as the one who provided the food, and He gave thanks.

When you pray simple, appropriate prayers in public that give attention to God, you cause people to think about God – to remember and consider Him. It is one way to be salt and light in a dark and decaying society (Mt. 5:13-16). In our busy, distracted and secular world, this can only be a good thing.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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