Public prayer happens at an official gathering of God’s people, where one leads the congregation in prayer, and thus the congregation prays with the leader. The biblical norm for who is to lead in prayer is that it must be a male. The article expands on this.
This article considers the matter of public prayer in a worship service. It explains that the congregation is to be a praying congregation. It also gives some history of and commentary on the form prayers used in Continental Reformed worship services. It ends with some discussion questions on the material in the article.
If prayer is speaking to God in His own words, then this should shape the way public prayer is done. This was the concern of John Knox as he sought the reformation of worship. This article shows Knox's contribution to the structuring of public prayer and prayer during and after the Lord's Supper.