Saul, later named Paul, was a mean
man. Mean probably doesn't even begin to describe the hate
he had for the early lovers/followers of Jesus. God's Word speaks for itself regarding Saul.
He was present when the first martyred was killed
They threw him(Stephen) out of the city and began to stone him. And the witnesses laid their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. Acts 7:58
with putting Stephen to death...
Saul agreed with putting him(Stephen) to death. Acts 8:1
After Stephen's death a severe persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, scattering all believers. Saul was having a heyday with the Christians...
Saul, however, was ravaging the church. He would enter house after house, drag off men and women, and put them in prison. Acts 8:3
Wonder what happened to the children if the men and women were in prison?
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. Acts 9:1a
And in the twinkling of an eye, Saul is converted...
As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?' 'Who are You, Lord?' he said. 'I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting,'...
Saul/Paul was the Osama bin laden of his day. He hated Christians, putting them in prison, even agreeing with giving one the death penalty.
Isn't just like God to take someone like Paul and turn his heart of stone to a heart of flesh so that he loves Jesus now rather than hating him? I have no idea the time frame of when Saul/Paul was breathing murderous threats to the Christians and his conversion on the Damascus road. But if God can rescue him from the domain of darkness transferring him to the kingdom of the Son He loves, giving him redemption and forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13) in an instant, then I can trust my God to do the same for those I am praying for to come to Christ and love him with all their heart.
I will always trust God's timing and His heart for His people.
What about you? Are you trusting God 100% to save those you are praying for? Or are you playing the Holy Spirit in someone's life?