One of the reasons we struggle in prayer is that we have a less than solid understanding of the personality of God.

We transfer our perception of God from our other relationships. If we grew up with grumpy Dad, or hard-to-please Mom, or passive, absentee, or even abusive parents, we tend to subconsciously relate to God as though he is those things as well.

And nothing could be further from the truth.

In Psalm 103, David leads us in praising God by first reminding us of some of the oldest known revelations concerning God’s character. David recounts the story in which God revealed his nature and personality to Moses, centuries earlier.

He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.

~ Psalm 103:7-11 NLT

We sometimes feel that God must be cold and distant, but the Bible clearly reveals that he is compassionate and merciful. We perceive God as hot-tempered and always disappointed in us, but the Bible declares that he is slow to get angry and that he pursues us with a love that doesn’t give up the chase.

The phrase “unfailing love” is a word picture that portrays God as relentlessly pursuing you, never stopping, never slowing down, never giving up until his love and mercy have overtaken you!

God is after you for your good!

God is indeed holy, perfect, and righteous. He is just and therefore must punish sin. We must know this about God. But we must also understand that in his wisdom, his love, and his compassion, he has made a way for us to walk in freedom and newness of life.

God has been in pursuit of you for your entire life. You may not have realized it, but if you examine your story and connect all the dots, they all lead to this moment, and to many beyond it, in which God wants to show you just how gracious and merciful and loving he really is.

Prayer Prompt

As you begin your prayer time, visualize him according to the truth revealed in scripture – decide to see him as he wants to be known – a holy and righteous God who is absolutely determined to show you his love, his grace, and his mercy. Rebuke the subtle lies of the enemy concerning God’s character and take God at his Word and thank him for being a good, good Father to you.

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