Likewise, in 1 Samuel 7 the nation mourned because they were not right with God. The Philistines had captured a good portion of Israel territory, the ark had been returned to the nation, but it spent 20 years out of its rightful place. The Philistines were still a threat but God didn't seem to be on their side. They prayed, but did not hear the voice of God.
Samuel spoke to the nation in much the way the United States needs a leader to speak. If you want restoration between the nation and the Lord, then the people must repent and get rid of all the false Gods that have taken the rightful place of Jehovah (I Samuel 7:3-4). We must commit ourselves to serve only God and then the Lord may return to the nation. In the case of Israel they needed to get rid of the Baals and Ashtoreth.
The United States doesn't have enough bins for all the trash that should be removed. As you read this, I know you have a list in your head so I don't need to go on with mine. Here's the thing, if we can only see the idols we have nothing to do with, then we are probably not looking deep enough. It is easy to point fingers at others without truly examining our own hearts. Look in there and destroy any idol that keeps you from serving God alone. Examine your entertainment, your hobbies, your pass times and see if there are ungodly influences in your own life and then let's clean them together as God reveals them.
Samuel interceded on behalf of the nation, (1 Samuel 7:5) and we as God's people should do the same for our own country. We should pray for those who are plagued with sin and don't know the Savior who can save us from our wickedness within. We should reach out to a neighbor with the love of Christ that they may have a glimpse of what could be theirs. The people asked for Samuel to pray and the Lord answered and did battle for the nation against the Philistines. The Lord himself returned the lands taken by the Philistines and restored the nation.
As Samuel said, "Thus far the Lord has helped us". We too can look back and see the reverence our nation once had and see that the Lord honored that commitment. All is not lost. We still have opportunity to return to the Lord while we have breath. The Lord may return any day; let's be about serving Him until His return.
May God richly bless you as you seek Him and as you serve Him.