Can a believing wife pray to God not to go to Eternity if her husband is not saved?
Julia asks: “Peace be with you. Tell me, is it possible for a believing wife to pray to God not to go to Eternity if the wife notices and feels that her husband most likely will not be saved. Or should the wife intentionally act unrighteously in some way? After all, a husband without a wife, and a wife without a husband, will be very bad in Eternity, I think… Or wouldn’t it? Thank you.”
Peace be with you, Julia
On the one hand, this approach looks “heroic” – the wife doesn’t want to go to Eternity without her husband. But on the other hand, it is much more heroic to make every effort to save her husband.
It is easier to give up a spiritual struggle and consider it a deed than to continue in that spiritual struggle all your life until victory – so that both you and your spouse will be saved.
Jesus said these words:
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; (Mt.10:37)
The good news is that the Lord should be the first priority in life. If the priority is not Him, but the husband – then perhaps that is the reason that the husband does not want to change, he is already an idol, he is already loved more than God.
If the wife puts her husband above God, she may not get to Eternity, even if she wants to. If God is the priority in the family (and it all starts with one dedicated family member) – then the whole family will end up serving Him, now and forever.