Can Our Prayers Be Hindered? 1 Peter 3:7 Explained

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Some people use 1 Peter 3:7 to teach that God will not hear or answer our prayers. That’s just not true. In this video, we explain the actual context of this verse.

Here’s the verse:

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.


Author: Mike Cynar

Mike Cynar was raised in a church setting where he frequently noticed that many attendees would eventually drift away. The church labeled these individuals as ‘back sliders’ or ‘fake Christians’ just looking for ‘fire insurance’. However, Mike realized the issue was rarely with these individuals but instead with the church’s message itself. The teachings heavily emphasized behavior improvement and one’s flaws, with only a fleeting mention of one’s identity in Christ. It felt as though every sermon was tailored to the church of Corinth, who as we know or committing sins that even unbelievers don’t partake in. This trend was noticeable not just in one denomination, but across Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and many other churches. Upon understanding the true essence of the gospel – that our righteousness comes from Jesus’ actions, not our own – Mike was inspired to liberate believers from lifeless sermons and reconnect them with the genuine teachings of Jesus. He believes that one can nurture a vibrant and growing bond with Jesus, unhindered by rigid religious practices. And thus, “Jesus Without Religion” was born.

It turns out that it is grace that leads to repentance. And if our heart is to get others to walk in the Spirit and live a godly life, then the best approach is not a beat down sermon, but rather to remind other that it is only when we understand our true identity in Christ that we will live it out. Yes, it’s true, if you’re convinced that God thinks you’re a dirty sinner, you will ultimately continue a lifestyle that mirrors that view, but if you truly believe that even on your worst day, you are called holy, sanctified, justified, and will be presented blameless in the end, well, it turns out this is the secret to living out on the outside what has been worked in to the inside.


  • Susan S Cain Posted September 15, 2021 10:17 am

    Thank you Mike! Grace. What a gift. I have been saved by it yet spent much of my life living under law to “ secure” my position. Because of this, I misinterpret scripture by seeing things as condemnation requiring punishment. Hindered prayer is a consequence from a sinful act, God won’t hear hear me – in my mind. Thank you for helping me to understand Grace. Thank you for helping me to recognize what the Law is and what is does and does not not do.

    • Jesus Without Religion Posted September 15, 2021 11:42 am

      Awesome. Thanks for the encouraging words too.

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