Our own endeavours can only take us to a certain level but ultimate goal will be attained only by the mercy of Vaishnavas and mercy of Krishna.
Out of many millions of wandering living entities, one who is very fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bonafide spiritual master by the grace of Krishna. By the mercy of both Krishna and the spiritual masters, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service.
A devotee is always begging the Lord for His mercy.
The Lord is always worthy to be the master of the surrendered soul, for He is the ocean of mercy.
Srimad Bhagavatam 4.8.46,