The Story of a Simple Prayer and a Lasting Impact

The movie Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of a United States soldier named Desmond Doss. Desmond was a man of faithful obedience to God and service to his country. The scene posted above is one of the most emotional and moving scenes in the movie. But it’s not just a scene in a movie, it is by all accounts an accurate reflection of what happened in real life.

“Please Lord, help me get one more.”

Desmond had reached his own physical, mental, and emotional limits. He had exhibited extraordinary courage and grit. He was exhausted, but he was not done. He could have retreated to safety with the others, after all that was what he had been commanded to do. But Desmond knew that he was a soldier to God before he was a soldier to the Army, and he knew that God could do so much more through him. So he chose not to listen to his body or his emotions and he sought God’s help.

He prayed, “Help me get one more.”

If you’ve seen the movie or read his story, you know that “one more” led to at least 75 more lives rescued and saved that day. Imagine if he would have followed orders and climbed back down Hacksaw Ridge when he was commanded to do so. That likely would have resulted in 75 lives lost that day. Seventy-five families that exist today, would be non-existent.

One More Makes a Difference

If you watched the scene above, you probably noticed how beat up and exhausted Desmond’s body was. He was cut up and bloody. His hands were shaking and his body was trembling. There were moments when he could barely utter his simple prayer, “One more.”

I bet some of you feel on the inside how he looks on the outside. Beat up, drained, full of doubt, and at complete emotional capacity. This is the point where you’d be tempted to give up…quit trying…leave the relationship…abandon your faith, values, hopes, and dreams…run away (figuratively or literally).

I want to encourage you today to pray for just one more. If you can’t muster up a “one more” on your own, then seek the One whose power and resources are unlimited. Don’t be afraid to ask for the courage to go after one more.

One more “I forgive you.”

One more “I love you.”

One more “I’m sorry.”

One more prayer.

One more job interview.

One more day

One more…

I’m sure Desmond never imagined his one more would lead to 75 lives saved.  You never know what your one more could become. It could be the difference that changes a life, saves a relationship, or gives hope for the future.

Don’t underestimate the influence you have in the world around you. Like the story of Desmond Doss, your one more will become an inspiration for so many more.

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito.

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