1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
The services today at my church seemed to focus mainly on prayer and our attitude toward God. Part of the discussion was about prayer reaching or not reaching God. Bro. Edison used a good analogy: if you called ten random digits on your phone and asked the person that answered for $100 you’re not going to get anything from that person. But if you called your closet relative in need and they were able to provide you’d have your need met.
In our verse today, Paul basically says that any thing we do must be out of love or else it’s just noise to God. The Bible teaches that we are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength; in other words, we are to love Him with all our being. If we truly love Him we will be doing His will and we are His children. To pray rightly that a result may be anticipated (for anything other than salvation of forgiveness) we must know Him then, if you will. To expect an answer from Someone you don’t know or haven’t “been in contact with” is a lot like calling that unknown number and asking for $100; chances are very good you’ll not be receiving any response.