Thankful for My Father Who Knows

By Anne Graham Lotz   •   June 19, 2013   •   Topics: ,

Anne Graham Lotz speaks to BGEA staff about Bible study during a session at the Samaritan's Purse Training and Conference Center in Blowing Rock, N.C.

Note: This was originally published in the November 2013 issue of Decision Magazine.

My daddy is hard of hearing, so I’m never sure I’m actually communicating with him when I call him on the telephone. Because my life is now somewhat restricted by the need to stay in close proximity to my husband, I have not been able to get away and see my father as frequently as I have tried to since Mother went to Heaven. It’s sad to me, since it’s in those sweet, face-to-face encounters that I get a sense of how much he hears of what I say.

What I want him to understand is that I have been swamped with the details of life, but I’m not sure he really knows. So my heart was warmly stirred when the Holy Spirit whispered to me from the passages below.

As I read through these verses, I could feel the tension releasing, as though my own spirit had taken a deep breath and let it out slowly. Because the Holy Spirit whispered that my heavenly Father knows! He knows! Every feeling of frustration, every pinpoint of pain, every weight of worry, every flicker of fear … He knows. It’s OK if my daddy doesn’t know, because my Father does! I’m so very thankful that He knows …


  • Give phrases from Matthew 6:5-8 and 6:28-33 that indicate Jesus makes a distinction between God’s children and everyone else.
  • If we are not all children of God, how does a person become a child of God? Read John 1:12-13 and John 3:3-8.
  • Are you the Father’s child?
  • How should this distinction affect your priorities, anxieties and activities? Give phrases from Matthew 6:25-34.
  • How does having a heavenly Father who knows your needs affect your prayer life? Make a list of as many specifics as you can from Matthew 6:5-15.
  • Take each phrase of the prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 and use it as a pattern for your own prayer.
  • Write out your prayer. Conclude it by thanking God for the privilege of having Him as a Father who knows the needs of your heart. Pray it now.
  • Your Father not only knows your needs, but what does He also promise in Philippians 4:19? Romans 8:26-32? 1 Corinthians 13:11-12?

Read Psalm 139.

  • What does the Psalmist say that God knows about you? Give the phrases with verses.
  • What does the Psalmist imply that God knows about you? Give the phrases with verses.
  • Which is most meaningful to you, and why?
  • What else does your Father know about you? Make a list using: John 1:43-48; John 10:25-30; 1 Corinthians 8:3; 2 Corinthians 11:31; 2 Timothy 2:19; Matthew 7:21-23.
  • Read Revelation 2-3. Were these letters written to His children or not? Give phrases with verses to support your answer.
  • How many times does the phrase “I know” appear? Give the verses.
  • List the things the Father knew about each one, giving phrases and verses.
  • Reread Psalm 139:6, and put it into your own words.
  • How does Paul’s prayer in 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 encourage you?


  • Whom do you know in ministry who is sowing the seed of the Word of God?
  • When have you shared God’s Word, including the Gospel, with someone else?
  • From Psalm 119, give as many reasons as you can for giving others God’s Word. (If the length of Psalm 119 is overwhelming, make your list from verses 89-112.)
  • When you give others God’s Word, are you always aware of the impact it makes?
  • Why is the ministry of sowing the seed not only challenging, but sometimes discouraging? See Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23; and Romans 10:16-17.
  • What special promises to sowers are meaningful to you from? 2 Corinthians 9:6-15? Jeremiah 1:12? John 6:63?
  • How are you encouraged by Isaiah 55:8-11?
  • Would you use these verses today to encourage someone else who may be concerned about the seeds of their ministry?

If sometimes, like me, you long for a father who understands and knows your thoughts and your feelings, your needs and your deeds, your failures and your fruit, be encouraged! And thank God! You have one … your heavenly Father!

©2013 Anne Graham Lotz

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  1. June Speight says:

    I would love to hug you and say “Thank You”.
    Thank you for teaching me to be humble and to love GOD, thank you for sharing your love of Christ with the world, I will continue to share my testimony of what Jesus has done for me to others.
    Thank you!

  2. pastor;ch.prasad says:

    I thanks to you ,You may pray for me and my family and praying for my church building because I have no own site for the church , Now i am worshiping God in rented hall.I am praying for you and your family . praise God. Madam! i am happy to meet you what i have seen your mail so you shall be visit my A.P,INDIA At east godavari distric ,p.gannavaram mandal at bellampudi area .my mobil no 07893037142.

  3. Moses Malugu says:

    It was good to know you and also the way you love your husband and your father too. I will keep on prayers.

  4. Titus Chibuike says:

    I have been richly blessed since we became friends on facebook.

  5. Sherrill Long says:

    Our loving heavenly Father has used you to bless my life in many ways through the years. May the Lord continue to bless you and all your family.

  6. Manuel Lugo says:

    Gracias por el ejemplo de vida de todos los integrantes de la familia Graham
    Han inspirado a millones por varias generaciones y eso no tiene precio
    Que el Señor de larga vida a este ministerio
    Desde Chiapas Mexico con amor y gratitud

  7. Lisa Hart says:

    I know with the the two fathers that you have it is the reason there is nothing but sweet wisdom that comes from your mouth.God Bless you And your family!!!!!

  8. Karen Smith says:

    Trusting in The Lord

  9. Izetta AlsupLoudin says:

    I just want to say Thank you for all your family has done in spreading the living word. God Bless your family and thank you.

  10. Joyce Thompson says:

    Thank you Anne for this detailed lesson about our Father in Heaven, how He loves us, and knows all our needs. My earthly father didn’t understand my needs, frustrations in life, etc. I printed out everything so I can dig deeper into the Word of God for the answers I need, especially with regards to sharing God’s truths with others. I’m very timid about doing that. I will always be grateful to my ex-husband Paul Thompson for introducing me to Rev. Billy Graham, and taking me to a Crusade in Ft. Lauderdale in 1984. God Bless you All. May you all have a Blessed Christmas, and Best of New Years.