January 25: Samson’s simple prayer of faith

And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.

Judges 16:28

Francesco Morone – The Yorck Project (2002)

Samson led a troubled life. In love with an idolatrous Philistine (Judges 14:2). Ignoring his parents’ advice (Judges 14:3), not talking to his parents (Judges 14:6), boastful (Judges 14:12), trusting the wrong people (Judges 14:16), betrayed by his own people (Judges 15:12), customer of harlots (Judges 16:1), didn’t notice God left him (Judges 16:20).

Basically not the kind of guy you want for a spiritual role model?

But as Sight & Sound pointed out in their portrayal of Samson – he was in the Hall of Faith next to David!

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

Hebrews 11:32

No matter how messed up your life is – you can pray! Samson shows it’s never too late to pray! God can still use you – but it starts with prayer!

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