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. (1 Peter 3:7 NIV)
Did you catch that? Your ugly attitude can be a hindrance to prayer. When it comes to unanswered prayers, unbelief and sin are the easy ones to mention. Seldom do we say family issues can be the problem, but the way you treat your spouse does affect whether or not your prayers get answered.
People are constantly questioning why doesn’t God answer their prayers, yet never even consider how their actions toward their spouse might be the problem. Of all hindrances to prayer, this ought to be the easiest one to resolve. You married the person because you loved them. You have a responsibility to make your spouse a priority in your life. Unfortunately, our spouses are often the one that gets our leftovers and our shortest temper. While it’s true we should be forgiving and merciful to others it’s also true of how we should be with our spouse.
Our jobs often tend to take precedence, and this is especially true for those in vocational ministry. It’s easy to get caught up in the work of the ministry. God is the only one that should come before your spouse, and the work of the ministry is not your relationship with God. In the 24/7 society, we live in it’s easy to let our job take priority over our spouse, and it’s just as easy to allow our children to come before them as well.
If you’re allowing your job or even your children to come before your spouse, you’re not treating your spouse right.
God -Spouse-Family in that order.
You want God to answer your prayers then get your attitude and your priorities straight.