In a letter to the church of Corinth, the apostle Paul foresaw how marriage complicates life. Instead of getting up and doing what you want, there is someone else and if you have children, multiple voices are fighting for your attention. Subsequently, Paul chose to live his life as a single man, limiting common distractions that can hinder your prayer life.
I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do, 1 Corinthians 7:7-8.
However, in a letter to a disciple who was married, Peter provides advice for those who are struggling to find time with God. While some may consider this a check list, there are certain qualities necessary to roll back life’s distractions. If you are considerate, over time this will smooth over the rough edges, leading to grace and respect. Yet, you still have to make time, setting aside a portion of your God to spent with the Lord.
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.
Sometimes, the context of a passage of the Bible loses its meaning over time. Woman’s Right’s Groups consider this chapter to be chauvinist, not considering the modern woman. While this topic is something I may consider in the future, each day brings with it new challenges, some expected and others a surprise. Yet, through it all, my goal is to reach a point in my life when nothing hinders my prayers.
by Jay Mankus