My question refers to a portion of the bible, though I would love to hear responses from those from religions other then christianity. Here is the passage my question refers to: "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocricites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they be seen with men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your father who is in secret; and your father who sees in secret will reward you" (Matt. 6:5-6) Does Jesus mean that communal (or even public) praying is sacriligeous? Does he mean that praying for any reason other then praying is wrong? And for you jews, wiccas, muslims, and buddhists out there, what do you think of public praying? I would love to hear your responses.