20 “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. 22 For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own. 23 As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. 24 But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. 25 Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will perish.”
1 Samuel 12:20-25
These are words that the prophet Samuel gives to the Israelites after they have prayed foolishly and selfishly for a king to rule over them. At this point, the recognize their sin and want to turn away from God in shame. Samuel instead rebukes them but urges them to stay.
Something for me to remember whenever I turn my back on the Lord.