I passed bright green bushes and pale purple pansies on my walk to the store.
I savored sweet smelling lilacs.
But the grocery store, a few steps beyond these flowers, was boarded up and closed.
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. And I say to you ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Luke 11:8-9)
Pray with earnestness and importunity, which is persistence, especially to the point of annoyance.
The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months (James 5:16-17).