35 And it came to pass that when they had humbled themselves sufficiently before the Lord he did send rain upon the face of the earth; and the people began to revive again, and there began to be fruit in the north countries, and in all the countries round about. And the Lord did show forth his power unto them in preserving them from famine.
Sometimes, when our prayers aren’t answered as quickly as we hope, the explanation might be that we are not yet sufficiently humble. We can’t expect all of the pride which has accumulated over months or years to dissolve after a single prayer or even after several heartfelt ones. Sometimes, diligent prayer over a period of time is required for us to achieve a state of humility sufficient to receive the needed blessings.