That is good. Men should pray for their wives. In fact, I call for men to offer intercessory prayer for wives and daughters on my website www.bwebaptist.com. I also go a step further and call for the men to pray and fast for 40 days and nights to beg God to lift his ban on their beloved which keeps them from full fellowship with God.
Please, men, do pray that God will change his mind and embrace women as fully as our SBC men think that he has embraced them. But that is not what this author has in mind. His book is being promoted on The Council for Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood website.
Dr. Case wants prayer so the wives will be saved. But in 1 Peter 3 we read that wives can bring their husbands to Christ by not saying a word. All they have to do is live a reverent and chaste life – oh yeah, they also should not get their hair dyed and fixed, they should quit wearing their best clothes to church, and should not wear any make-up nor jewelry.
He then tells the men that they should clean up their act. What? That is what he means in verse 7. He says “Treat your wives with respect, because they also will receive, together with you, God’s gift of life. Do this so that nothing will interfere with your prayers.” In those days, women were property, something to be owned, having no voice in the home about family or financial matters. He is telling them that their wives are equal. He makes no mention of male headship in their homes. (in another post I will deal with submission – some comments are already on my website).
Verse 6 says “Sarah was like that; she obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are now her daughters if you do good and are not afraid of anything.” In some translations, she is said to call him “Lord” and much is made of that, even to the point of telling women today that is how they should think of their husband.
Let’s not take that too far about Sarah. We live in a different time today. For one thing, it is illegal to marry your half-sister, and you really shouldn’t send your secretary in to sleep with your husband so she can have his baby.
So maybe we shouldn’t call our husbands master or Lord, either.