Would you say that the apostle Paul had a close relationship with God? It’s hard to draw any other conclusion. But, how close to God was he? He certainly believed in God (Act 27:25; 2 Tim. 1:12), prayed to God (2 Cor. 13:7; 2 Thess. 1:11) and trusted in God (2 Cor. 1:9; 1 Tim. 4:10). And he said those very words. But, I want you to see one little word in the book of Philippians.
Paul begins and ends the book of Philippians talking about his God. At the beginning of the book, he tells the brethren that he prays to God. At the end of the book, he tells the brethren that God will supply their needs. But, would you open your Bible and underline the little word that is right before the word “God” in Philippians 1:3 and 4:19?
Paul did not just pray to “God” and trust in “God.” Paul said that he prayed to “my God” and trusted in “my God.” God was not just “God” to Paul. He was “my God”! If you want to have the kind of relationship with God that Paul had, don’t just see God as “God.” See Him as “my God”!