That your prayers may not be hindered

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.  1 Peter 3:7

The way a man treats his wife has a profound effect on their relationship with the Lord.  Husbands are called to love their wives as Christ loved the church.  For far too long people have emphasized wives submitting to their husbands without speaking about the responsibility of the husband to love his wife and serve her.

Christ came as the ultimate servant and laid down His life for the church.  The husband is called to do the same.  If we desire God’s blessing to rest upon our marriage and our home, then as husbands we must love our wives as Christ loved the church.

When it speaks of the wife as the weaker vessel that simply points to the physical fact that a woman is weaker than a man.  We live in a culture where the world decries women are equal to men, but his is nonsense.  When you look at the physical make up of a man and a woman as God designed, the woman is the weaker partner.  This is mostly due to the levels of testosterone and estrogen that exist in men and women.  We have a world that loves to try to confuse and bring chaos to God’s natural created order.  But if we are living by truth then God through His creation has made things clear.

If a man fails to treat his wife with the respect she deserves and love her as God has commanded it can actually hinder one’s prayer life.  If we believe we can rule our homes like a tyrant and still draw near to God and enjoy the plans He has for us, we are sadly mistaken.  If are to walk in every promise God has for us, our family, and our marriage it requires we walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit and God’s word.  If you are falling short in this area today, repent of your sin and turn to the Lord and begin to walk in obedience.


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