Some of my friends talk about having a personal relationship with God, but what do they mean? I believe in God and go to church sometimes, but I can't say that I have some sort of a personal connection with Him. What am I missing? — P.McN.
One of the Bible's greatest truths is that God not only exists, but He loves us and wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. God isn't a vague, distant being who is so great He can't be bothered with us; He cares for us and wants us to know Him. The Bible's words are true: "I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3).
Imagine for a moment that someone told you about a good friend of theirs, and said they hoped you could meet him some day. They even described him to you, and told you how much they appreciated his friendship. At that point, you'd probably say you believed in him -- but you couldn't say you actually knew him, because you'd never been introduced or talked with each other.
That's somewhat the way it is with God. Perhaps we've heard people talk about Him... we believe He exists... we may even respect Him and hope He looks with favor on us. But until we've been introduced to Him and spent time with Him, we can't really say we know Him.
How can we come to know Him? Only one thing separates us from God, and that is our sin. But Jesus Christ came to take away our sins, and when we ask Him to come into our lives as our Savior and Lord, He comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit. Why not come to know Him personally by inviting Him into your life today?