“And all the people said unto Samuel, ‘Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.’
And Samuel said unto the people, ‘Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; and turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. For the LORD will not forsake His people for His great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you His people.
Moreover as for me, God forbid 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 how great things He hath done for you. But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.’ ” 1 Samuel 12:19-25 (KJB)
REFERENCES: 1 Samuel 10; 11; 12; Psalm 78:34-35; Exodus 20:19-20; 1 Peter 3:16; Jeremiah 3:1; Romans 9:13-18; 11:29; 1 Corinthians 4:7; Philippians 1:6