We find that all our meritorious actions and prayers come from [Hashem], and we thus shouldn’t consider ourselves worthy of receiving reward for anything. Even though it may appear that the Redemption approaches as a result of our prayers and Torah study, in truth we rely on His Mercy, for only in His Mercy shall we be redeemed. (Rebbe Nachman, Likutei Moharan I: 2)
We have to stay balanced here. On the one hand, in order to continue serving Hashem and growing in spirituality, we must take some pride our spiritual accomplishments. On the other hand, we must never take credit for the rewards that our prayers and mitzvot earn by realizing that were it not for Hashem’s kindness, we would not be able to do anything. When we humble ourselves in service to Hashem, we become the perfect vessel to further receive Hashem’s blessings.
Based on Sparks from Berditchov, by Yaakov Klein, Parshat Bereishit