Lord God, As we begin to read through the narrative of Saul's life, we see the folly of choosing political leaders on the basis of wealth or appearance or charisma. I pray that you will grant us the wisdom as a people to choose for ourselves leaders of substance, character, and integrity. May our leaders be men of your choosing, men anointed by your Spirit. I pray in Jesus' name for myself and for ______________________ , that we will do as Saul did and seek counsel from the right people. May we each seek out men of God, men who are held in high honor, to help us find the way we should go. I pray that as we inquire of you, you will lead us to mentors and counselors who will be able to point us to the path we should take. I pray that you will make the same transformation in us you made in Saul. May your Spirit come in power upon each one of us and change us into a different person. May you change our heart so powerfully that all who knew us previously may find themselves asking what has happened to us. I pray that each of us will do whatever our hand finds to do because you are with us, and that everything we do, even the ordinary things of life, will have your touch about them. Lord, we see the examples you gave to Saul of what it means to wait patiently for you. The people in the city would not eat until Samuel had arrived to bless the sacrifice. Saul's portion was kept, set aside until the appointed hour. We see Samuel's clear instruction to Saul to wait seven days until he came to him to tell him what to do. I pray that all of us will wait patiently for you. May we refuse to panic or give way to pressure or run out ahead of you but instead wait for you to act on our behalf. Protect us from acting impulsively or erratically in matters of the heart, in ministry, and in work. May we wait patiently for instruction and direction from you. Samuel appealed to Saul to "stop here for a while that I may make known to you the word of God." I pray that each of us will find time to stop and find a quiet place where we may reflect without hurry on the Scripture so that you may make your word known to us. Amen.