Five People Who Can’t Pray
Inconsiderate Spouses – Part 1
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:1-6
Key Verse: 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.
If properly understood, today’s scripture paints a picture of how husbands and wives can live powerful and effective lives. It also shows how their prayers can be helped or hindered. The key phrase for today is, “be considerate.” That seems simple enough, but if you have been married for long, you know it is not so easy to accomplish.
Webster gives a good phrase to define “considerate”: “Make allowance for.” Living with another person on a daily basis demands that we do just that. What do we make allowances for? Hundreds of issues where we don’t see things like our spouse does. Having differences of opinion never sent any couple to divorce court. Not making allowance for those differences has! Being considerate of your spouse means that you must allow for their personality, their values, their thinking, even when it’s totally opposite of your own. It’s not a matter of who is right; it’s a matter of consideration.
The Apostle Peter doesn’t hesitate to remind us that being inconsiderate will make our prayers ineffective. When we are not making allowances for our spouse—as Christ did for us—then God stops hearing our prayers. Our prayers are hindered by our actions at home! If you feel that your prayers are shallow, examine your “considerate” factor at home.
Father, remind me to guard my mouth, that I might control my tongue. Grant me more patience with my loved ones. In Jesus’ Name, amen.