A pastor said something one time that makes my salvation feel very personal. He said, “Christ would have died on the cross if you were the only one who would have been saved.”
Taking the idea of Christ’s sacrifice being that personal a step further: Because God’s mind is infinite and can do anything, in any amount of time, I love the idea that Christ could have thought of each person who ever did or ever will live on Earth in the time He was on the cross, and said a prayer to His Father for each of us.
The idea that He might have thought of each of us, by name, while He was making that sacrifice, thrills me. And that is how personal I think God wants our relationship to be with Him.
Matthew 10:29-31: Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows
So, when it comes to praying, I don’t think there is any concern too small or trivial in my life that I can’t pray about and know that God cares and will answer! To my small, human mind, He doesn’t always answer as quickly as I would like or in the way I would like — but I am at peace with the knowledge that He does always answer … with my ultimate good foremost in His mind.
May we remember to lay all our problems and desires at His feet, and then really listen for, and trust, His answer.
If He took the trouble to die on the Cross for each one of us, individually, doesn’t it make sense that He always answers our prayers in the same way … the way that is best for each one of us, individually?
It’s that personal.