“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 15:7
Will you pray today asking the Lord to call your prodigal or others who don’t know Him to repentance and salvation? We need to pray for prodigal spouses who don’t know the Lord to repent, turn from their sinful lifestyle, and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ. We can pray the very words Peter spoke on the day of Pentecost to the many people in Jerusalem, where over 3000 were saved.
“‘And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” Acts 2:21
Never give up believing in the power of God and what He can do in your hopeless marriage. I understand what you may be going through at this moment. Bob was unfaithful and had anger issues. But God! The Lord changed me and then spoke to Bob and changed his life. Bob repented and came home. Nothing is too hard for God to accomplish.
You may have once been the prodigal, but now you have repented and turned from your sinful ways. You may have failed at loving your spouse the way God calls us to love. You may be praying for your spouse to forgive you so you can prove that the Holy Spirit has transformed your heart and crucified sinful natures.
God can resurrect any hurting or dead marriage. It happens when two spouses will forgive each other and start rebuilding their marriage by applying biblical principles.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22
Are you walking in faith, believing what the Lord has told you about resurrecting your hurting or dead marriage? You need to keep praying, interceding, waiting, and expecting every day for the Lord to move your mountain. You must take captive every thought to make them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Stop doubting and believe in the power of the Lord God.
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-25
There is a powerful hymn that we would sing at church many years ago that I still love. William L. Thompson wrote the song. Personalize this song as a prayer for your beloved spouse to cry out for God’s mercy and grace as they surrender their heart to the Lord as He calls their name every day to, come home, O sinner!
Softly and Tenderly
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portal He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.
Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?
Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, death’s night is coming,
Coming for you and for me.
O for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned,
He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.
Chorus: Come home,
Come home. Ye who are weary, come home,
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!
Written by William L. Thompson
Will you start believing that your Lord Jesus is talking to your husband or wife telling them to turn their heart to the Lord and run from their wrong, sinful ways and believing lies from the enemy? Never forget the powerful truth: Jesus Christ died on the cross for all sinners!
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17