Some years ago I came across today’s verse, which has totally changed my life forever. I used to think that how I prayed, the order my prayers took, and the posture I took was what got my prayers answered or not. All those things may be nice to do, but did you know that the way you treat people has the greatest impact on the effectiveness of your prayers? The Bible says that the prayer of the righteous person achieves much. But if we aren’t treating others with honour, kindness and respect, then we aren’t allowing His righteousness to operate in us.
When we don’t treat others the way we should, it closes the door to blessings, and hinders our prayers. This particular passage in it’s original context is directed toward husbands, but it applies in principle to all believers and relationships. it isn’t just about an agreement between two people who live together. It’s about not mispresenting God by calling yourself a Christian, and treating people with disrespect and unkindness. God ordained every Christian to help uplift love and unity.
Today, when you’re born again and claim to be filled with God’s Spirit you become one with Him spiritually. Therefore we should treat others “with understanding,” which may mean considering their needs above our own. We should always aim to treat others with kindness, dignity and respect, and quickly choose forgiveness. The Bible says that the way we treat others is the way we treat God. So choose love, and treat others with respect, so that your prayers will not be hindered!
“…Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.”(1 Peter 3:7, NLT)
Pray With Me
Yahweh, teach me to live in Your ways. Father, help me to always treat others with love and respect, which shows that I honour You. God, show me how to be a blessing to others, so that my prayers will be effective and be unhindered, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.