1 Samuel 8-10…Israel demands a King.
This is one of the most important sections in the Bible. Right here is the very tap root of the evil that mined Israel. In this chapter, they rejected God, demanded a king like other nations, and set in motion a chain of events that culminated in the frenzied cry of the Sanhedrin before Pilate, “We have no king but Caesar.”
There is a marvelous lesson in prayer in these chapters. When the request of the elders for a king came as a severe stroke of disappointment and grief to Samuel, he took his sorrow to the Lord in prayer. And when, despite all the warnings, Israel’s elders said, “No! we will have a king,” once more, it is stated that Samuel repeated all the words of the people in the ears of the Lord (1 Samuel 8:21). This is the great example for all believers.
Are you worried? Pray. Are you discouraged? Pray. Are you in pain? Pray. Are you in relational turmoil with someone? Pray. The point here is not so much that by praying we’ll get what we want. Sometimes we will, but the praying needs to be done with humility, and with a desire for God to be glorified.
Pray that in your trials you would grow in maturity. Pray that God would be glorified in the way you respond to difficulty. Pray that you would trust the Lord more, and worry less. Pray that you would remember how small you are, and how big God is. Pray that you would realize more clearly that you are not in charge, and God is eternally omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Pray for a better understanding of the objective reality that this life is short, and the trinkets and toys that are so alluring here will not be in heaven. Pray for a clearer understanding of your sin, God’s holiness and justice, and our need to esteem Jesus highly for what he has done for you.