Judges 16:26-30 talks about Samson taking hold of certain pillars that supported the building where many Philistines were located. Verse 26 tells how Samson wanted to feel the pillars so he could lean on them.
The implication of these verses is that Samson had a plan. Before he felt the pillars he must have felt confident that God would hear him and bring back his strength. Why else would Samson place himself in a position whereby God would not only answer his prayer but use him to bring about the answer?
Is there a lesson here for us to learn? It seems that before we pray perhaps we need to look inward and see if we have any confidence in the Lord to hear our prayer. Some people pray for God to answer prayer but they do it with other options in mind. If God doesn’t work out then they go to plan B. If plan B doesn’t work out they go to plan C and so on.
For many there is not a lot of confidence in the Lord to answer prayer and they use God as one of many options to get what they want. Praying to God becomes a formality of ritual and routine instead of sincere belief and worship.
Having confidence before we pray can be illustrated by our actions and how we position ourselves to expect an answer. Samson apparently was so confident that God would hear him that he positioned himself between the pillars to receive the strength he needed.
Do we do that in our prayer life? Do we come expecting God to hear us and answer our prayer with such a level of confidence that it causes us to position ourselves ahead of time for the answer?
Perhaps we don’t get answers to our prayers because we’re not really expecting one in the first place. Perhaps we have more faith and confidence in other possibilities than in God.
Samson disobeyed the Lord many times and suffered because of it. Yet during his captivity he was able to think things over and most likely repent of his ways.
His capitivity also allowed enough time for his hair to grow back. The length of Samson’s hair under the Nazarite Vow was a symbol of God’s strength upon his life. When Samson’s hair grew back it also became a sign of restoration and forgiveness (see Judges 16:22). God always hears a repentant heart!
As we look at Samson’s prayer in Judges 16:28, he is calling out to God in recognition that God had been the source of his strength. Samson is asking to be remembered because the power of God had been upon his life in the past to judge and to serve the Lord.
These two aspects of Samson’s prayer indicate humility and a change in attitude that point to a repentant heart and a desire to be restored for God’s glory.
This is good news for all of us. No matter what we have done we can go back to the Lord and expect Him to forgive us and answer our prayers. All we have to do is position ourselves to receive the answers.
We won’t always receive His answers the way we expect them to come but we can expect the answers to be received. God’s answers are also God’s will so we need to postion ourselves to not only receive His Answers but His Will as well.