Sermon:
Married, But Not Best Friends, Pt. 4
Song of Solomon 5:16


3 Key Words to unlocking the door of marital friendship:

• Companionship—time together.
• Conversation—talking together.
• Commitment—trying together.
For our friendship to continue and grow, there must be a mutual respect for each other. This is true for any friendship.

6 areas of commitment that will help build mutual respect:

1. Commitment to sacrifice
2. Commitment to closeness
3. Commitment to honesty

Now the last 3 areas…

4. Commitment to prayer
1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

“Weaker” doesn’t mean inferior. Many of us married way above our heads. It generally means “more delicate.” [there are a few exceptions in pro wrestling today!] It doesn’t mean less valuable. A vas is more valuable than a vase, but also much more delicate. Same with silk as opposed to denim.

“prayers be not hindered” -- Peter here just assumes that husbands and wives are praying together. But sadly, in many homes that’s not the case. But praying together brings a spiritual bond…it takes your marriage to the next level.

We should pray together as well as separately…for our children and grandchildren. The temptation is great today for them, and they need our support!

Ill.—trying to raise kids today w/out prayer is like trying to cut down a tree w/ a chainsaw that’s not running!

Ill.—Missionary D.E. Host took the place in China of J. Hudson Taylor. He was working w/ 2 villages. He spent most of his time in one village where he preached and worked and counseled with them. The other he only made it to once in a great while. But it was thriving spiritually, and the other was not. He couldn’t figure it out. He asked God why…and the Lord revealed it to him that since he couldn’t be in both places he was simply praying mostly for the remote one, while working hard at this one. Basically, the one village was under his power and the other under God’s! Prayer is work and we must labor in it!

Prayer can do more in a moment than we can do in a lifetime. I’m not saying we shouldn’t work w/ our kids and spend time w/ them…but it’s all in vain if we’re not bathing it all in prayer.

Psalm 127:1
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

We should also be praying about our finances and major purchases / decisions…not just running headlong into all our plans.

We have no right to make big decisions w/out consulting our spouse, and we should, together, ask the Lord about it all as well.

Commitment to prayer…
5. Commitment to a good spirit
Job 32:3
Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned