Father God, I am grateful you give us free will. Help me through your Holy Spirit to never abuse it for my personal gain. Lead me in my decision processes to come to you and think through the consequences to the very end of every choice that comes before me. Each turn in the path has consequences both good and bad. Show me what they mean for my journey and for those around me. Bring me to your throne to seek your wisdom and discernment in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.
“But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you.” (1 Samuel 8: 6-8 ESV)