And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king for ourselves.”
Then Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing. For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people. Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.”
Lord God, have mercy on the nation of America, despite all her wickedness. There are many here who call You King, many who are Your children. May we no longer be double-minded, seeking among sinful men for leadership, when authority figures are Yours to appoint, Yours to ordain for blessing or for punishment. Too long have we depended on authority figures to purge the sin from among us when we should be on our knees, should be preaching godliness, should be studying and teaching Your Word. Inspire Your church to rise up and lead this nation toward holiness and righteousness for Your name's sake. May all Christians everywhere pray to the Lord, never ceasing, and trust in You alone. I pray in Jesus' name.