I will never forget the day I was sitting eating dinner with my family when I was six years old. My Dad came home from work and surprised me with something special. I didn’t see him often growing up, so the moment when he walked through the door and handed me a doll I’d had my heart set on for a while, it meant the world to me.

Just like my dad showed me I was in his thoughts and on his heart, so does our Heavenly Father. God pursues His children in different ways, but He does it because His desire is for us to know Him and His love for us.

Psalm 139 shows us that God pursued us even before we began to pursue Him, and that He knows us even more than we know ourselves. He knows our joys, our fears, our grief, and every thought we have.

Before Jesus was crucified, He fell down with his face to the ground in prayer. Jesus knew he could go to His Father during one of the most agonizing and excruciating moments in his life because He knew the love God the Father had for him.

As a child, I missed knowing my father more, but I know he loved me. God never leaves. He’s always there. Knowing our Heavenly Father is the only way to fill the emptiness we can so often experience. The more we nurture a relationship with Him, the more we will know and cherish Him and His pursuing love for us.

Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that you love me and desire to have an intimate relationship with me. I want to know you and know your purpose for my life so that your will is done through me. I pray that you would open my heart and mind to know you and love you more. Amen.

Go Deeper — Our Heavenly Father wants us to know we are loved and desired. Who do you know who needs to know this truth? Share with them the love that our Heavenly Father has for them and that He desires a relationship with them.

Tags: The Lord's Prayer Psalm 139
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