“Likewise, 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.”
So that your prayers may not be hindered. That’s a frightening statement. One that should stop us as husbands in our tracks.
Essentially God is saying that you can treat your wife in such a way that your prayers will get blocked.
That’s your life-line right there. If communication with the Father goes dark, you’re toast. Out on a limb. Helpless.
This verse is a great warning to husbands everywhere. Honor your wife. Seriously. Honor her. If you don’t, your prayers will go nowhere. You’ll be left out to dry.
The only reason I can write about this is because I’ve done it. I’ve failed to honor my wife and I’ve literally had my prayers be hindered. And trust me, it’s awful. It’s not something you ever want to experience. But it’s there. Right in the middle of 1st Peter. “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.”
I never want to honor my wife solely to avoid the consequence of hindered prayers; I want to honor her because she deserves to be honored, because she’s a joint heir in the grace of life, because she’s God’s treasured daughter whom he loves more than I can imagine. But it is helpful to have this warning hanging over me. It’s encouraging to know that God takes this issue so seriously that he’ll cut off my prayers if I fail to honor my wife.
Thank you Father for your stern warnings and gracious rebukes. We love you with all we are.