First Peter 3:7 says, “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.”
Peter was saying, “Husbands, treat your wives with understanding, and don’t let there be any animosity between you, or your prayers will be hindered.”
Broken relationships hinder prayer. Peter specifically addressed husbands, but the same principle applies to relationships between all family members. As believers, we are to demonstrate the nature of God to one another. Psalm 103:8– 10 tells us, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”
If we do not practice the same compassion, grace, mercy, and love to others, we misrepresent God. How can we ask Him to answer our prayers and fulfill His purposes when we violate those very purposes in our treatment of others? Matthew 5:23–24 says, “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” God is saying to us, “Reconcile your broken relationships at home before you come to church to pray.” We are to put our relationships right first, and then go to worship the Lord.
Father, my family relationships are so important. Please help me to forgive others so that I can maintain communion with my loved ones and with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Reading: 2 Chronicles 4–6; John 10:24–42
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)