“…When they stood him among the pillars, Samson said to the servant who held his hand, ‘Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.’ Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. Then Samson prayed to the LORD, ‘Sovereign LORD, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more…’ “ (Judges 16:25-28, NIV).
Samson prayed a “just once more” prayer. Have you? For some of us, “just once more” is our focused attempt to simply do the next right thing. We take timid steps to move us away from addictions, our fears, our failures, our past mistakes. “Just once more” becomes our mantra, our crying out to God in our weakness.
For some of us, “just once more” provides the first glimmer of hope in the darkness of depression. The thoughts in our minds hold us captive. The Enemy seeks to rob us of our joy, our peace, our very lives. “Just once more, God”. “Just once more.”
If you knew me better, you would know about my “just once more” prayers. You would know of my battles with anxiety and depression. You would know of my weakness. I’ve experienced the helplessness that comes when my strength is gone. I know what it feels like to think the Enemy has won. I have seen my world come crashing down around me. I know what it means to pray “just once more”.
Maybe you’ve been there too, in those moments of truth when you feel like you can’t take another step. You are blinded by fear and sin, pushing against the pillars of doubt and disbelief. You, too, may know what it means to pray “just once more”.
But this is what I also know. When you think that God has abandoned you, he stands with you. And when you cry out to him, he hears you. In your brokenness, he sustains you. And with every prayer and petition comes a promise.
6 thoughts on “Just Once More – Part 3 of 4”
Have you read Matthew Henry’s depiction of Samson? He views him as a type of Christ. I can’t say that this idea appeals to me, though his death might have a parallel. He won his victory over the enemy by dying. But It always seemed really odd to think of someone with all of Samson’s problems being a type of Christ.
Hi, Lester. Thank you so much for reading this devotion and responding. It’s funny that you should bring that up, because in the final part of this series I will be making that very comparison. I agree with you that it’s difficult to think of Jesus as being like Samson, but I believe there are some comparisons. Thanks again for responding!
Oops! Sorry I should have held off on my comment until I read the last part. I’m looking forward to reading your perspective on that.
No, that is completely okay. I appreciate your comments!
Our Lord never gives up on us…never.
You are right! Thanks, Janet!