Samson’s Last Prayer

Judges 16:28

Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”


In most of Samson’s life it seemed that he was angry with the Philistines; and he killed many of them with his own hands.  Here we see that Samson wanted revenge one last time.  As he stood, helpless in front of the Philistine crowds, with his eyes gouged out and with depleted strength, he could do nothing but pray.  He wanted so much to destroy them instantly for what they had done to him, but he felt so helpless—he couldn’t see, and his strength was gone.

Then he thought, perhaps God will strengthen me this one last time.  So he prayed, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”

“And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life (vv. 29-30).

What a story!  But what should we make of his prayer?  Samson prayed for strength that he would be able to kill them all—out of personal revenge! Why did God answer that prayer?  For God tells us in James 4:3 that we must not ask for anything with wrong motives; and certainly it was wrong to want revenge (Matt. 5:44; Rom. 12:17).

Well, all we can say is that God seems to have overlooked his sin of wanting revenge and focuses instead on his courage and faith, and his loyalty to his country and his God.  And we see his faith demonstrated as he prayed for strength, and also as he counted on God to answer his prayer; for he pushed on the pillars “with all his might,” fully expecting that the house would come down.

We may also get from this passage that God works His ways through sinful people.  Samson was certainly sinful, and so are we.  Hence, just as God used sinful Samson and heard his prayer, He may likewise choose to answer your prayer and use you for His purposes in spite of your sin.


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8 Responses to Samson’s Last Prayer

  1. sarsrose says:

    Hmm great comments. I always feel a bit conflicted about Sampson. Growing up in Sunday School I guess I always saw him as a ‘good guy.’ I mean, God used him right? But the more I see of him the more I wonder if his heart was ever right before God. I think your last comments were great. We can’t know his heart, but we can know that God can use anyone for His purposes.

  2. Thanks. God can use us in spite of our sin.

  3. Janie Van Tiddens says:

    Could it be that Samson wasn’t only talking about his physical eyes, but loosing the vision of God’s plan for his life? praying to be strengthened so that he could fulfill his purpose of delivering his people from the Philistines? Judges 13:5

  4. Anonymous says:

    It not easy to Killed people if you have good heart that what samson lifes call when He was already blind loosing his sight these a time He realised what his life truely mean to be for die to bring Glory to God.

    Samson want to have own family experiencing to have a wife just life what have to other but God not blessed him what he wants and dream of because samson life call is to be legend strongly man during his time to be uses by God to set free His people

    God already knowP what samson good heart does He made life samson and He appoint samson lifes since womb to life.

  5. Sonia Davila says:

    The bible does not say in Judges 16:28 that God answered Samsons prayer, it says only that Samson called unto the Lord, but there is no answer from God. Don’t misinterpret the scriptures! Seek first the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Judges 16:20 says Samson didn’t realized the Lord was departed from him. God was no longer with Samson. Samson committed suicide. In verse 30 we read Samson bowed himself with all “his” might and the building fell. This pushing and bringing the building down was from his own might! His disobedience to the voice of God cost him his soul.

    • I have to disagree. God did answer Samson’s pray. God did give him the strength. He was not committing suicide, but was bringing God’s judgment on God’s enemies. He is in the list of the faithful (Heb. 11:32).

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