Sampson at one time was the most powerful man in his nation. Sin led to his fall. We often times look at Samson’s life is a tragedy, but I look at it as a victory. Samson was used more greatly after he fell and lost his sight, than before. He accomplished more in his death than he did in his life. So,x how can you and I be like Sampson? I believe that it was Samson’s prayer that reveals the principles that caused him to again be used greatly. Let’s look at each one of Samson’s requests to God to see exactly what it takes to be used of God after we fall.
1. “Remember me? ” Sometimes I just go to God and remind Him of who I am. I remind him of the young me that was so zealous of good works. I remind Him of the hunger I had to serve Him. I do not think there’s anything wrong with reminding God of who you are, and of the heart that you once had for Him in better days. Sometimes we need to remind God more, to remind ourselves. We have lost our confidence. I have felt at times that I was never really sincere, but in my heart I know that I was. Remind God of who and what you are.
2. “Strengthen me!” Our power is gone. Our zeal was once there, but we tried to do it in our own strength and in our own power. The results were tragic. Now, we must take knowledge to God that it is only with His strength that there’s anything else we can do for Him. I feel so often that I am feeble and incapable of doing anything for Him. Those things which I once considered my strengths are no longer there and I am left with weakness in their place. But, I know that God’s strength is made evident in our weakness, so I cry out for Him to strengthen me.
3. “Avenge me!” This is the most fascinating part of Samson’s prayer to me. Avenging is when someone takes vengeance on behalf of another. Samson was saying, my enemies are making a mockery out of me. Samson had no way of avenging himself to the enemy, so he asked God to do it. I confess that there are times when I pray for God to avenge me from the enemies who are doing nothing, but making fun of me. They are making sport of my failures and sins. They get on their websites and laugh, threaten and make fun of me. Many times I pray, Lord avenge me to those mockers. Show them Your power. I truly believe God does just that. Rather than defending myself, I must let God avenge me.
With his hands on those pillars, Samson prayed that prayer and let’s just let the Scripture tell the rest of the story. “And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.” Go to Faith’s Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11 and guess what, Samson is listed there. So, why don’t you pray today a prayer like Samson’s and ask God to use you one more time. I have. (DH)