1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
Here’s another entry from my journal. As I was trying to love my husband and be the woman God wanted me to be, I’d read the Bible and write in my journal anything I found about husbands, wives, families, prayer, trials, and suffering.
This is one verse I read and noted that it refers to the husband but would equally apply to the wife.
That your prayers be not hindered.
What in my marriage could hinder my prayers?
Self-righteousness (I am living right. He is causing the problems.)
Mean spirited words
Of course there could be many other sins that hinder prayer.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
When I was scouring the Bible for things I could apply to my life, I began as a woman very angry at her husband. He truly was causing the problems. I had to realize however, that while his sins were not my fault, I was not sinless.
I was not living in harmony with God when I chose to be angry or when I cherished my hurt.
There is something sinfully empowering about being “right” when the other is so very wrong. It’s easy to look at self thinking how “good” we are. I had to confess my sin of pride.
So maybe I wasn’t sinning in the way that Lee was. But I was full of anger and pride. I wasn’t contributing anything Godly to the marriage by my choices either.
God impressed me that sin clogs our life. Our prayers are hindered due to our sin.
When a pipe is clogged with rust, minerals, and debris, water cannot freely flow. We find it an annoyance to carry out our daily lives when water can’t flow through the pipes.
We call plumbers. Buy Draino. Plunge and flush. We may even go so far as to replace faucets or pipes.
If we do all that for water to wash dishes, shouldn’t we choose to free our lives from the debris of sin that hinders God’s power?
To be like him means we have work to do. Unclogging the pipes of our lives means things have to be cleaned, removed, and even replaced.
It may be time consuming or costly but when God’s power is free to flow in our lives, we will find that our momentary pain was incredibly worth it.