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How To Pray For Spouse

Biblically when does a person stop praying for a prodigal spouse, I don't want personal opinions. I want according to the word and no quote "common sense" responses either. God's word has very exact ways of living.

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Luk 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint,

Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

2Th 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

Now this is just a guess!
But, Im going to go with never!
Not for one nanosecond can you stop.
This is your hope, I dont mean, you can sleep!
Hope is a pray!
God Bless
---TheSeg on 7/21/10

How are you feeling today (Wednesday) Darlene? God bless you, Mary
---Mary on 7/21/10

akajospeh,ha ha,thats what I thought about,your little ones reaching up,when I put that down. Its easy to pick up our little ones,I did my two at the same time,until their combined weight was 100 lbs,how blessed we are our heavenly father picks us up. When I fell Saturday night and hurt my leg,I couldn't get up. The fall didn't hurt I fell on quilts and bedclothes stacked up but I was so weak I just couldn't do it. I've been sick and I guess it made me weak but usually I get hold of something I can pull up. I finally managed to crawl over to something to hold to get up but I had to pray all the way for God to give me strength and he did. I wouldn't be able to do that at all if my father's strength hadn't picked me up when I literally cried out.
---Darlene_1 on 7/21/10

Luke Chapter 18 has the answer for you!

1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint, 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city, and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man, 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.
---anon on 7/21/10

Has your husband left you in order to go and commit adultery? If your husband separated from you and you see signs that he will return and you have the faith to forgive him, then continue praying for him: But if your husband separated from you and you know that he will not return, then cease praying for him. "But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such: but God has called us to peace. For what know you, O wife, whether you will save your husband? or how know you, O man, whether you will save your wife?" I Cor.7:15,16.
---Eloy on 7/20/10

//Its easier for God to touch us when we are already reaching up to touch him.// ---Darlene_1 on 7/20/10

Amen! kinds of reminds me when my little ones reach up for me to pick them's a lot easier to lift them up... :~p I get older.
---aka.joseph on 7/20/10

akaJospeh, I was glad for your input and comment of what pray without ceasing(cause to come to an end)means,but after 60 years of doing praying that way no need to change now. Your right we do act like little children with God always wanting his attention. Of course we can't have formal prayer all the time but it is a habit of mine when not required to give my attention to somehing else I am either praying or praising God. I think and look at it like this,it is important to have a prayer or praise in our heart just waiting to be used. Its easier for God to touch us when we are already reaching up to touch him.
---Darlene_1 on 7/20/10

PS akajospeh thank you,I see the doctor tomorrow. You are so right we do need to learn to rest in God more and thank God for the wisdom which comes from experience moved by faith. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 7/20/10

Darlene 2/2, as we grow in the Lord our attention does (should) not turn from prayer.

It is a time given to us to spend less time 'worrying' and more time in praise and thanksgiving.

However, learning how to rest in the Lord for what we have already asked takes time.

I pray that your leg is better. God Bless.
---aka.joseph on 7/20/10

Awesome, aka.joseph! That was very well exampled.
---Linda on 7/20/10

Darlene 1/2, pray without ceasing does not mean pray incessantly.

One afternoon, my kids asked me for a popsicle (which I bought under my will for them to have). I told them to wait until after supper. My son who is eight did not ask me again. My daughter who is six asked about every half hour before dinner. My three year old daughter asked me every ten minutes before and after dinner.

Why? My baby has little concept of time and knows only that I have the power. My second is starting to get it. My eight year old has learned over time to trust that I will do what is in my will, and now he can rest at easw and has more time for other things than worry.

That is like us to our heavenly Father...
---aka.joseph on 7/20/10

The Bible says pray without ceasing,it also says support the weak,be patient with all men 1 Thessalonians 5:15,17. In Matthew 18,22 Jesus said to forgive 70 x 7 which means over and over,shouldn't we at least do the same thing praying for loved ones salvation,I say yes,never give up. The one who wins a race is the one with perserverance and who doesn't give up 1 Corinthians 9:24, Hebrewss 12:1. God hears every prayer we pray so none are a waste of time or effort.
---Darlene_1 on 7/20/10

How many times did the father pray for his prodigal son? We don't know. What did he pray for? salvation or his return? There are different stages.

Some prayer is really 'legalized worry'. Other times we pray incessantly without God's will in mind or the prodigal's free will

We do not know how many times the father prayed but we can his spiritual fruit grew. love, patience, kindness, ...

Rest in the Lord. Share with Him your REAL feelings with real emotion no matter how "christian" they are. Pray for the prodigal's salvation and deliverance.
---aka.joseph on 7/20/10

T0 a similar question about forgiveness Christ answered 70 times 7 which means a large number. But forgiveness does not mean doing something stupid on your part.

It must be subject to what has been going on in the home, if there is alcohol or drug abuse going on and the individual has not completed a successful recovery program you don't allow them back until it is successfully completed and the first relapse they are out of the house for ever.

If there has been spousal abuse or child abuse they don't get to come back ever.

The survivability of the remaining family unit always take precedence. And you never allow a potential situation that could endanger the the remaining family unit it is just too dangerous.
---Friendly_Blogger on 7/20/10

we should never givr up prayer for anyone in or out of our family!
---Candice on 7/19/10

You give up on your spouse when God gives up on you. (I assume you're still married. I can't tell from your post.)

In any case, you can say the Lord's Prayer--and add, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in both my spouse and in me" into it.

You'll get the answer very soon, even if it's not what you expect.

**God's word has very exact ways of living.**

Sorry, but the Bible does not go into micromanaging people's lives as much as you wish to think.

For example, when Christ told us to feed the hungry, He did not give us cooking lessons.

There are already two religions that so micromange: Judaism and Mahometanism.
---Cluny on 7/19/10

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