Tuesday - October 25, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: 1 Peter 3:1-7
Husbands, have you ever prayed earnestly for something only to never hear a response from God? We have all heard that God answers prayers in one of three ways: yes, no, or not now. But what if your prayer never made it to God? Is that even possible? Doesn’t God always hear our prayers? Yes, He does. However, some things we that do can cause our prayers to be hindered from getting to God.
For instance, how is your relationship with your spouse? Did you know that sometimes marital problems can cause our prayers to be hindered? Peter said, “Husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered” (1Peter 3:7).
Just think about it. On the outside, a man may seem moral and good, yet he goes home and unleashes all of his frustrations on his wife. If you were God, would you want to listen to this man’s requests? The word “honor” means “value, worth , to be considered precious” (Vines). Husbands , let this be a reminder that we are to treat our wives as precious and valuable. If husbands don’t treat their wives as a special gift, nor give them due honor, then why would we deserve new blessings? Why do we think we deserve more if we cannot respect and care for what we already have?
Application: The next time you don’t receive an answer to your prayers, make sure that you are not cutting off that line of communication to God by the way you treat your wife.