Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
Many people think that after they pray it is their duty to do everything in their power to bring the answer to pass. Self-effort often hinders His working. When I pray and believe God for His best, He wants me to wait in the spirit of praise only doing what He tells me to do. It often seems terribly unproductive to just sit still and do nothing but trust the Lord — and the temptation to take the battle into our own hands is often tremendous.
Prayer is faith in motion – it is faith moving forward towards a goal. It is active. The prayer is active. Once prayed, it is working to bring about a result. It is like mixing vinegar with baking soda. It immediately begins to work; bubbles and changes both consistency and shape.
Think of it this way. If you have ever tried to rescue a drowning person who tries to help the rescuer, the person becomes an obstacle to the very person who is trying to help them. So it is with God – we often get in the way of God in trying to help Him do what He does best. Our interference hinders His working. God doesn’t need our help; He needs our obedience.