1 Samuel 15:11
“I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the LORD all night.
Samuel was an enduring, persistent servant of God; he was always busy doing God’s will—praying for people and ministering to people. I suppose we could say that he was God’s right-hand man. And, at that time, he probably had more of the mind and heart of God than any other person on the earth. In this last chapter, when Samuel became distressed and cried out to the Lord all night, he was no doubt sharing the burdens and concerns of God. For God had told him that he regretted making Saul king.
We don’t know exactly how Samuel prayed, but we may speculate that while he waited quietly before the Lord, God shared with him His regret and sorrow; and then Samuel in turn expressed his regret back to God while crying out to God for answers.
Here we have demonstrated before us, and in the sad scenario that follows (1 Samuel 15:12-35), the fact that the ministry of intercession is not always glorious. It carries with it all the sorrows that sin brings, and also involves sharing the grieving heart of our Lord. My friend, are you sure you are ready to give your life to prayer? There are sometimes burdens and regrets in the ministry of prayer that are almost unbearable. If you want to be a prayer warrior like Moses or Samuel, or like Daniel, God may call on you to spend many nights crying out to Him and bearing burdens in prayer for lost souls and insubordinate ones such as Saul (v. 23).