“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.” Matthew 6:5
Jesus is not criticizing people that pray publicly whether it be on the street corners or in the pulpit. However, He is criticizing and warning those who pray publicly to impress people rather than praying from the heart to reach God!
The power in prayer comes from speaking to God with a contrite heart and He doesn’t care about fancy words; He just wants you to speak to Him!
I hope this encourages someone who is conscientious about praying privately; not to mention publicly!