Acts 22:6-11: ‘Suddenly’…again!
“6 ‘About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, “Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?” 8 ‘“Who are you, Lord?” I asked. ‘“I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me. 10 ‘“What shall I do, Lord?” I asked. ‘“Get up,” the Lord said, “and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.” 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.” NIV UK
Here is another of those ‘’suddenly’’ moments in ‘Acts’ (see for example 2:2; 12:7; 16:26). Things can change rapidly with God’s intervention.
You may be praying for someone, and they seem so hardened against the gospel. Don’t despair of anyone. The Lord has His own ways to meet people, to speak to them, to stop them in their tracks and turn them around. Furthermore, it can all occur so ‘’suddenly’’ that you think, ‘Where did that come from?’ Even though you have been praying about it (or him, or her) you get a glorious shock!
There is a mystery about God’s personal dealings with individuals, but there is no doubt that He meets with people and turns them around. It seems that those with Paul to some extent shared the experience, but there is no record that they too were converted.
For our part, we should not give up on anyone, but keep praying.God may change the world through someone on your prayer list.