It is when Wiley Drake does it. Remember him? He prayed for God to kill president Obama back in 2009. Now he’s been arrested for loitering outside the White House. He claims to have been praying for Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, His excuse makes little sense unless God listens to prayers based on where they are offered. I guess the fence in front of the White House is prime prayer real estate then.
The only reason Drake prayed in public for Chen Guangchen is publicity. What does the bible say about praying in public?
Matthew 6:1-34 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward
Matthew 6:6 - 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.
Now that seems pretty clear, right? Wiley Drake may not actually be a Christian if he so blatantly prays in violation of the word of God. Perhaps he’s one of those other things… a Republican.