We spent almost 16 years in Guatemala as missionaries. There were good and hard times. But it´s easy to remember the hardest year. It was the year I scrimped on prayer. No coincidence at all: I prayed less, and God moved less.
Somehow, I decided that I would help the kids with their homework during morning prayer. Bad decision.
What was once an hour of prayer because a few minutes. I thought I was doing a good thing helping my wife help the kids with their homework. But my priorities were wrong. I should have found ANOTHER time to help my kids without cutting down on prayer.
At the year´s end, things looked bleak. In hindsight, I scanned the shambles and assessed the problem: prayerlessness.
In later years, I wound up adding to my prayer times. Those were bumper crop years.
So are things not going well for you? Maybe you´re overworking — to little or no avail. Keep in mind that when God works, things work. I know He works all the time, but it sure seems like He works MORE for us when we are praying. You might shoot me down in the realm of theology, but no one can shoot me down in the realm of practice.