1 Samuel 12:18-22 (NLT)
18 So Samuel called to the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day. And all the people were terrified of the Lord and of Samuel. 19 “Pray to the Lord your God for us, or we will die!” they all said to Samuel. “For now we have added to our sins by asking for a king.” 20 “Don’t be afraid,” Samuel reassured them. “You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the Lord with all your heart, and don’t turn your back on him. 21 Don’t go back to worshiping worthless idols that cannot help or rescue you—they are totally useless! 22 The Lord will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the Lord to make you his very own people.

Israel in their fear had requested a king to rule over them. Samuel had reminded them the Lord was their king and there was no need for an earthy king. God had granted their request and now they must live with that choice. The people had sinned by looking for another to rule over them, but Samuel reassured them that if they turned back to God, God would not abandon them. It is not in God’s nature to abandon those who belong to Him.

In the verses above the people looked to Samuel to pray for them. They felt their prayers would go unanswered if there was not someone taking up for them. They knew Samuel had always prayed before and God would listen to him; so they pleaded for his help. In Romans 8:26-27 it says, “ In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. 27 And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit's mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Those who have accepted Christ on faith have been given the Holy Spirit, which intercedes for us when we don’t know how to pray. And Christ himself takes up for us according to the will of God. Unlike those who needed Samuel to pray we have everything we need. Turn your hearts to God in prayer. Open up yourself and let God know your deepest feelings, your thoughts, your burdens and cares. God is waiting to hear from you and there is no need to fear prayer. You have help with you to assist in your prayers.