45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Matthew 27:45-46
This is the part of the crucifixion scene that would have worried me if I were a soldier sitting near the cross.
Dark at noon?
When has it done that before and why?
Was it a sign of bad things to come?
Is it just a coincidence that darkness comes when the man in the middle is up there?
Later, my suspicions were correct, and they did exclaim that He was the son of God.
These men were about ready to experience the most famous “Aha!” moment in recorded history, but they had to put it all together first – and several key events had to occur.
The other question in my mind is, did the soldiers begin to think through their actions as a result of Jesus’s prayers while He hung there? You could argue that Jesus had other things on His mind when He was there, such as saving all of mankind
And yet He didn’t.
I’m sure those salvation thoughts were passing through His mind, but those soldiers were nearest to Him at the moment. Once again, when Jesus Himself prays for you, the Father will certainly hear it! They didn’t have a chance, did they?
Someone asked D.L. Moody if he believed such and such a person would get saved. His response was “God wouldn’t have put him on my heart all these years if He wasn’t going to save him.”
Don’t give up. There’s a reason you’ve been praying for so long.
You have no idea what God is doing in this person’s life but you can be sure that He is doing something.