We are definitely dear to God. When he is also dear to us; that is called devotion. We should never doubt that he loves us. First thing is, if we doubt whether God loves us or not, whether the Guru (teacher) loves us or not, whether this world loves us or not, then devotion or love does not arise in us. First believe that the whole world loves me and I also love this world, then you can call yourself a devotee.