I recently read a statement against public prayers, citing Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees in Matthew 6. This was never meant to say that someone could not publish a prayer or pray in public. I have gleaned a great deal from reading the prayer journals of others. I have also been blessed by those who have prayed aloud with me. I understand that God is the recipient of prayers. However, we should never twist Scripture to promote a legalistic or holier-than-thou thought. The purpose was intent. The Bible is full of the prayers of others that were recorded for our benefit. Maybe God will use your prayer life to minister to someone else while bringing glory to God in the process.