Honor Heirs for Answered Prayers
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7 Husbands, likewise, intimately dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor (2:17} to the wife, as to the weaker (lesser authority) vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered/cut off.
Grace 1Pt 1:2,10,13,19; 2:20; 4:10; 5:5,10,12; 2Pt 1:2 be multiplied through the knowledge of God, 3:18 grow in grace and knowledge
I. Understanding Wives
God has assigned wives the responsibility of submitting to the authority of their husband (see previous Submission outlines esp 1Pt 3:1-6)
1Cor 12:22 those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. (28 hierarchy)
II. Honor is Hearing not Obeying (Delegation is not Abdication)
God has assigned husbands responsibility of loving, honoring and leading their wife, at the expense of themselves
We honor and VALUE others by putting their interests above our own (but not above God’s will) Phil 2 Gal 3:28
Authority is for building up 2Cor 10: 8 even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up…
III. If we Fail to Honor, God Fails to Hear Conditions for answered prayer include: (See Survey of Prayer on Truthbase.net)
Justice Isa 1:15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen…16 wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong,17 learn to do right! Seek justice
Abiding Jn 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you Ps 37:4
Obedience Pr 28:9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable. Ps 50:16 But to the wicked, God says: "What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips? 17 You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you.
Teachability Pr 1:25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you 28 Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. 29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, 30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke
Acting Righteously 1Pt 3:12=Ps 34:15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 the face of the Lord is against those who do evil…17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit 19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all
IV. How to Honor
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. Why do some folks object to the idea of a hierarchy in marriage? How does that relate to issues of worth and reward?