I bolted out of bed to grab a pen while reading a line from Elizabeth Gaskell’s book, Cousin Phillis. A farmer, who was also a minister, prayed for his sick cow, but neglected one day to feed it the extra nourishment which would have given it a better chance of survival. After his prayer, the farmer chastised himself saying, “I was asking for blessing while neglecting the means.” I immediately applied this gem of insight to myself when requesting a particular blessing without doing all I can to bring about the desired result. I know Heavenly Father hears my prayers and desires to bless me. “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11). But merely asking isn’t enough. I shouldn’t sit back passively and wait for blessings to drop into my lap, expecting God to do all the work. So I tried a little experiment. On one side of a page I made a list of blessings I had asked for in prayer that day, and on the other side wrote corresponding, specific actions I could take to bring about the desired result. I was astounded at how much more I could do in every case.