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Question of the Week: Should Christians pray in public?

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Q: Should Christians pray in public?

A: Scripture states that men should "pray everywhere" (1 Timothy 2:8). But Jesus said, "When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly" (Matthew 6:5–8).
Does the passage in Matthew command us not pray in public whereas the passage in 1 Timothy exhorts us to pray everywhere? A quick reading of these passages might lead to that conclusion. However, when reading the Bible, closely studying God's Word is necessary to gain a proper understanding. This can be as simple as prayerfully reading Scripture while thinking about what the passage means. Upon a closer reading and study, we will find these verses do not contradict each other at all.

Continue reading to see how these two passages harmonize, as we begin part two of our Contradictions web series.

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