In Daddy’s Lap

By Dee Hopkins

One morning not too long ago, I was on my face before the Lord. I often begin my day that way. There is something about being on my face that closes me in with my Father. It is a way of humbling myself before Him. I almost always say to Him that I am there because I know who He is … and who I am.

ImageAs I lay there, a picture came to me of a little girl in her daddy’s lap, and I thought, “What is the difference between the servant on her face before the throne and the little girl in her Daddy’s lap?” The answer came to me quickly. “Intimacy.” The servant is humble and honors the Lord and awaits His instruction, but the daughter sits near her Father’s heart, listens to His voice, and hears Him whisper in her ear. She holds His face in her hands, and He holds hers. She looks in His eyes and He looks in hers. She sees Him smile. She feels His heartbeat.

I knew that was where I wanted to be – and I knew that was where Father God wanted me, too. I am not saying I (we) should not be on our faces before Him. There is a time and place for that. It is a necessary place – but it is not the only place. Our Father longs for intimacy with us. He wants us to want to be with Him – to enjoy His Presence. After all, “in His Presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).

Have you ever thought about the many ways God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) relates to us, reveals Himself to us? He is Father, Brother, Friend, Husband, Lover, Teacher, Guide, Comforter, Counselor, Commander … the list could go on because He is everything to us; but, without intimacy in any of them, we miss the point. Without intimacy, all relationships are superficial. Without intimacy, we go through motions and run the risk of becoming like the people in Isaiah 29:13 who, God said, honored Him with their lips but their hearts were far from Him. He said their worship of Him was made up only of rules taught by men – and it grieved Him.

ImagePsalm 42:7 says, “Deep calls to deep…” I believe this speaks of intimacy – that the deepest part of God would reach to the deepest part of us … and connect. This requires being honest … and vulnerable. What better place to be honest and vulnerable than in His lap? That morning, when the picture of that little girl in her daddy’s lap came to me, I told my Father that my body was on its face on the floor … but my heart was in His lap.

I hope you’ll join me there. He has a big lap. He will make you feel as if you are the only one there. Come to Him. Get really close. Take the risk to be honest with Him – to be vulnerable. There is healing in His Presence … and joy. Be His little girl for a while. He waits for you.

ImageDee Hopkins has a heart for prayer and worship—as an active member of Taylors First Baptist Church, she also serves on the City Church Prayer Team and has spoken on the topics of worship and fasting.  Dee will be leading a breakout session entitled Broken Hearts on Bended Knees for Take Heart 2014. For more information about the conference, go to