“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
Instead of praying with a preoccupation of everyone else (v.5), Jesus’ instruction is to pray in a way where it’s just you, God, and no one else. Allow not the ears, opinions, or approval of others to taint the sacredness and sanctity of the place that belongs to you and God alone. It is only in the inner sanctuary of your heart that prayerful communication is accomplished. Even group prayer finds its meaningfulness only when private prayer is abounding in the hearts of the participants.