It’s rare to come across scripture that gives instructions to a specific group or type of people. That is what makes this overlooked scripture in 1 Peter 3:7 (MEV) very interesting:
Likewise, you husbands, live considerately with your wives, giving honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they too are also heirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
For married men that pray, the above verse highlights two conditions that must be met for their prayers not to be hindered.
The first is to live considerately or with consideration towards your wife. Merriam-Webster defines considerately and consideration as:
• marked by or given to careful thought and sympathetic regard.
• continuous and careful thought
• thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others
• an opinion obtained by reflection
• the inducement to a contract or other legal transaction
A husband has to live with careful thought towards his wife; he has to be sympathetic, obtain opinion through reflection, and thoughtful of her rights and feelings.
Without consideration towards his wife, the husbands’ legal transaction (prayer) can get delayed.
The second condition is in giving honor, and honor is defined in Merriam-Webster as:
• to regard or treat (someone) with admiration and respect
• to give special recognition to
• to live up to or fulfill the terms of
• good name or public esteem
In addition, a husband needs to treat his wife with regard, admiration, and respect. Giving special recognition to her and living up to and fulfilling the terms of their covenant (marriage) for her good name and public esteem.
These two conditions are required for a husband’s prayer to be unhindered. Merriam-Webster defines hindered as:
• to make slow or difficult the progress of
• to hold back: prevent
• to delay, impede, or prevent action
When the husband does not meet the above two conditions, he makes slows and difficult the answering of his prayers. He inadvertently holds back, prevents, delays, impedes, and prevents it from being answered.
In the first secret, we learned how to reach the clouds, and the second highlighted how to pierce the clouds. This third secret applicable to husbands indicates the requirements for express handling of prayer requests.
These secrets, coupled with these instructive words from Ephesians 5:25-31, should provide great insight into the workings of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, and that He might present to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. In this way men ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord cares for the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.”
A soldier not knowing how to fight is just a person in uniform. A soldier knowing how to fight is always enlisted for the Kingdom.David Peterson – Founder Pray for Life