We have to face the fact that work never works with spiritual roots. How do you work on bringing someone to repentance? How do you buy back what was lost to sin? How do you heal years of abuse? How do you impart love to someone who does not know what love is?
The work of our hands will never touch the spirit of a person, but prayers will. We ask for these things and expect that they have been received. When our hands go to work and our voices reach their ears, we merely bring to sight that which was already received in prayer.
Pray twice as much as you work.