First Peter 3:7 says, “You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way . . . and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”
Many view prayer as an escape from everyday living. They see no relationship between prayer and interpersonal relationships. True prayer, however, draws our attention to the nature and character of God. We become like Him as we recognize His attributes. When we emerge from the inner chamber of prayer we will love with a revolutionary love—the love of the Father. Our capacity to love will be broadened and deepened.
Consequently, prayer and interpersonal relationships are interwoven. Prayer affects our relationships, and our relationships affect our ability to pray. Many times I have needed to ask my wife and my children to forgive me. I could not be in harmony with God when I was out of tune with my family. If we are to be effective in prayer, we must mend broken relationships. We cannot have fellowship with God without restored relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Holy God, You love me and value the way I relate to my family, friends, other believers and those who have yet to come to know You. Keep me on my knees when any of my relationships are out of step with Your plans. Give me a humble spirit to make things right with every person You have given me to cherish, and others you place in my path. I don’t want anything to hinder my communion with You, or to damage my fellowship with others, so I trust Your heart to anchor my speech, thoughts and actions in Your perfect love.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor: Adventures with a God who Hears and Answers by Sammy Tippit. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God for his abundant mercy. Thank him for not punishing you as your sins have deserved (Ezra 9:13). Confess any secret sins which hold you back from full fellowship with God. Commit yourself to turning away from sin by the power of the Holy Spirit and living completely for God’s glory. Ask God to restore the joy of his salvation and to grant you a willing spirit (Ps. 51:12).
Ask the Lord to create a hunger and thirst for him and his Word in the lives of unsaved persons you know. Pray that you will be sensitive to their struggles and questions.
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