The piece of sculpture depicted is of two circles that are so connected as to form an endless circle. Going with the flow in the smaller circle, even when it appears to be going backwards, always brings us back into the greater.
When we pray we are limited to the smaller picture of how we see things and how we think they should work out. There is always a bigger picture and this is where faith is called for.
For Faith to develop, it will of necessity be tested, sometimes like gold in a furnace. The response to our initial prayer of faith may well take a trajectory in the opposite direction to that which we think it should be going; in other words the situation gets worse rather than better. It is during that period that deeper levels of letting go are called for.
We may gain many valuable insights as to whether our hands are even open enough to receive the answer to our prayer.