this was in my email inbox this morning...
If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy
Pleading with God, or arguing our case with Him in a fervent yet humble manner, is one part of that importunity in prayer which scripture so much recommends. This is what all the saints of old have practiced.
Pleading has in it the sense of desperation. Indeed, much of our prayers, if we’re honest, find us in dire need of heaven’s favor and action. What may surprise is that the scriptures are filled with examples of just that kind of desperate prayer and often among the heroes of the faith. God knows my struggle intimately; He thrills to my earnest, heartfelt prayer and glories as a loving Father in granting my most pressing needs.