Life is often a balance between two truths. This is one of them: Work like it all depends on you, and pray like it all depends on God. Many attribute this principle to St. Augustine in the 5th century AD. Prayer is integral. We need to persistently ask God for what we need. To consistently seek his answer and favor. To continually knock on his door for our needs (Matthew 7:7-11). But personal responsibility and hard work are demanded from the Lord, too. God expects us to do our part and use the gifts and talents he has given us. The Bible says it this way, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” (2 Thes. 3:10). Why? Because work and diligence have a moral benefit. A virtue to strengthen our character. Facing a tough situation? Pray. Fervently. With all your heart. Like it all depends on God. Then take responsibility. Work hard as well. Like it all depends on you. Somewhere, in that balance, you’ll find God’s truth. And the answer to the longings of your heart.