Why do we pray in public? When and where is public prayer inappropriate? Are there too many restrictions on public prayer? Too few?
Public prayer is supposed to be a way of connecting us to something larger than ourselves. Sadly, public prayer is often the most alienating experience for listeners. “Public” implies the broadest and widest circle of community. The disconnect occurs when the prayers recited are narrow, sectarian, and invoke a set of doctrines intolerant of other views.