5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
So yeah, when you pray, being ostentatious about it, long-winded, etc means that you are doing for the sake of others’ opinion of you. You want them to think “what a devout person.”
I think this is something to take to heart in light of what happened early this morning in my town. A hundred-odd people were shot. Fifty of them died. Everyone on social media is hashtagging prayers for Orlando. Orlando doesnt need your prayers, especially not your public proclamations of them to make yourself look good to people who believe as you do.
Orlando needs your donations of money and pints of blood. Prayer doesnt fill the veins of a victim bleeding out on an operating table. Prayer doesnt help the Red Cross pay for a frightened parent to fly here to be with their bleeding, broken child.
The last thing we need is you to tell other people you’re praying for us. Orlando needs your efforts to make sure this kind of thing stops happening. So very proud of my friends in town who were on their feet instead of on their knees.