Husbands and Prayer

1 Peter 3:7

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

There’s a lot to talk about in regard to the proper way that husbands and wives should live together.  For the moment though we’ll focus solely on how our relationships affect our prayer life.

We don’t often think about how our relationships with others affect our relationship with God, least of all, our marriage.  God wants us to have healthy relationships however and the most important human relationship is in marriage.

When we treat our spouse in a sinful manner it obviously harms our relationship with our spouse.  But all sin also harms God.  He loves us and wants the best for us even, or perhaps especially, in what we consider personal and intimate relationships.

A marriage is between a man and a woman but God should be a major part of that relationship as well.  A couple should regularly pray together and for one another.

When we take God out of our marriage, we leave Him out of a huge part of our lives.  Acting in an ungodly way to our spouse is no different from telling God that He doesn’t belong in your marriage.  We should be very careful how we treat others, our spouses especially.  We should always seek what is God’s will and what is best for our spouses.

If we fail to treat our spouses properly and leave God out of our marriage, we shouldn’t expect Him to respond when we call to Him.  After telling God to stay out of our marriage, why should we expect Him to respond later on?

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