Be Careful What You Pray For

in Bible Characters Prayer Sin/Temptation

But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles." 1 Samuel 8:19-20

Samuel governed Israel throughout his life, and God blessed the nation with peace. But when the prophet grew old, Israel wanted a change.

The people were tired of having an old prophet riding around the country on a donkey. They wanted to be like the other nations with a king riding in a chariot flanked by soldiers. In their desire to be like the other nations, Israel was not rejecting Samuel. God said, "They have rejected me as their king" (v. 7). So, God gave Israel their first king, a reluctant leader named Saul.

In the story of Israel's first king we learn an important lesson: sometimes God answers your prayers, and you live to regret it. And from this lesson we learn an important application: be very careful what you pray for.

Father, keep us in Your Word and walking close to You so that our desires match Yours. Protect us from prayers we pray when we are disconnected from You. In Jesus' name. Amen.