Mosiah 21:11 -21:15
Mosiah 21:11 And it came to pass that their continual cries did stir up the remainder of the people of Limhi to anger against the Lamanites; and they went again to battle, but they were driven back again, suffering much loss.
Again the people of Limhi tried to throw off the Lamanites but were defeated again.
Mosiah 21:12 Yea, they went again even the third time, and suffered in the like manner; and those that were not slain returned again to the city of Nephi.
The third time the Nephites went up against the Lamanites and again were beaten. Those who were left returned to their city of Nephi.
Mosiah 21:13 And they did humble themselves even to the dust, subjecting themselves to the yoke of bondage, submitting themselves to be smitten, and to be driven to and fro, and burdened, according to the desires of their enemies.
Now they realized that they could not extricate themselves by force from their situation and had to just put up with being slaves to the Lamanites.
[They now begin to realize they would have to depend on someone from the outside to help them. They probably realized too that the prophecies of Abinadi would have to be fulfilled before they could be freed. Therefore they were willing to endure their situation knowing why they were in it and now look forward to being relieved at some future time by the Lord, Himself, when He thought they had learned their lesson.]
Mosiah 21:14 And they did humble themselves even in the depths of humility; and they did cry mightily to God; yea, even all the day long did they cry unto their God that he would deliver them out of their afflictions.
They were now praying all day long for relief. They realized again that they could not free themselves and it would take the Lord to do it. So they were praying continually that He would get them out of this awful situation, which they put themselves in because of their wickedness and not listening to Abinadi.
Mosiah 21:15 And now the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage.
So with this realization, the people were now united in prayer but because they had been slow to hear His warnings, He was slow to hear their prayers for relief. However, the prayers were heard and the Lamanites, began to ease up on their treatment of Limhi’s people. But not enough to remove the domination of the Lamanites.