When to pray
It is usually the case, that a man calls for the help of the Lord when he is helpless or in poverty. But when he attains affluence, he no longer feels the need of prayer and thinks that his own strength and social forces will suffice for the future. He thus makes a big mistake.
Man should pray under any and all conditions. When in difficulty he should pray for the solution of his problems, and when there is no solution, for strength to bear them or to keep up his courage. When – as a result of his efforts – he sees prospects of success, he should pray for the mercy and Grace of the Lord, in order to avoid relying on his own efforts and his egotism.
Unless His Grace and mercy join with our own efforts, no real success can be achieved. When the heart's desire has been obtained then sacrifice all in thankfulness and gratitude to Him.