Some of you are married and are making your partner unhappy- that is a breach of your marriage vows. When you fail to honour your wife as it is due and you make her unhappy, it amounts to a breach of the marriage vows and your prayer becomes hindered. Submission on the part of the wife has to be done in the light of the Bible. It is not slavish bondage and the Bible does not say the husband is the head of the spirit of the wife. So, if the husband is not born again he cannot give rules that are against the dictates of God and ask his wife to submit to such. Submission is a thing of beauty for a wife. A breach here leads to hindered prayer on the part of the wife.
Whenever you make a promise to God or people and you break it, you get break-downs in prayer. Psalm 15:4b (ESV), “…who swears to his own hurt and does not change;” That is a mark of the man that can stand before God and receive blessings from His hands. Now take this advice: do not run from making vows because you are afraid you might not keep them.
Vows locate where your commitment is, just like your voice locates your faith. Vows dictate your actions. If you know the solemnity of vows, you won’t run from making them. God encourages you to make vows.
The mark of spiritual pilgrims is the making and payment of vows! Abraham in Genesis 14:22 and Jacob in Genesis 28:20-22; Jephthah in Judges 11:29-40, though he made a rash vow, he kept it and God honoured him. His name entered the roll of honour in Hebrews 11. Men have been known to make vows when in a tight corner and God always honours such.
PRAYER: Lord, I pray for divine sensitivity to critical moments when making a vow is a key to victory and success in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Numbers 30:1-31:54, Luke 4:1-30, Psalm 63:1-11, Proverbs 11:20-21