“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:4-7
Today, you may be rejoicing that your spouse has come home, but you still pray fervently because your spouse has not surrendered their life to Jesus Christ. Are you growing weary, waiting for your spouse to be transformed by Jesus? Do you really believe that the Lord can soften your mate’s heart? Is your faith wavering? Do you trust that the same God who restored your marriage has the same power to save your spouse?
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
I often think we forget why we “stood” for our spouses to come home. It is not just about our marriages but truly about our spouse’s salvation.
The Lord loves your spouse more than you do. Ezekiel 34:15-16 says: “I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.”
Read the scripture I shared above from Luke chapter 15 once again. This is a powerful parable. It is not hard to pray and believe that your spouse will come home when you comprehend how our Lord feels for all the lost sheep. Your loved one may have come home but still be deceived into the lie that they don’t need Jesus Christ at the center of their lives. God has chosen you to pray and intercede for that one, just as you prayed for marriage restoration.
One of my friends recently shared how her husband, whom she continues to pray for, told her that he would be praying for a hard day she had coming up. She turned to her returned prodigal and said, “Will you pray out loud for me now?” She told me that he prayed the most beautiful prayer. God is faithful! He will go after your spouse. You stay faithful in praying for their salvation.
Our Lord died for you and your spouse. Is praying for your unsaved spouse too much of a sacrifice? Can you not wait and stand in the gap? Serve the Lord with gladness while you wait. Jesus would go after you if you took the wrong path. You have seen the glory of the Lord in your marriage when it was restored. Keep praying for your spouse to be saved.
Listen for the angels rejoicing in heaven for the sinners who repent. Your lost sheep may be the next one. We can’t wait to rejoice with you when your spouse gets saved!
By the way, if you want to hear a powerful testimony of a marriage that was restored before the prodigal followed Christ, listen to Fabian and Luz’s testimony.