Small Talk Part 2: Study Guide

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Bottom Line

We must define what we want in order to understand what we need to surrender.

Study Verses

Mark 14:32-36, Matthew 6:5-8 and Ephesians 2:18-22

Key Points

  • Prayer is more about access than it is about answers.
  • The process of submission: (1) Recognition (2) Sorting (3) Surrender
  • The discipline of prayer is the essential part of a life of prayer.
  • In order to see differently, we need to want differently.
  • Prayer allows you to get to the places that are hard to reach.
  • We enter His presence to gain His perspective.
  • The power of intentional conversations keeps us from being reactionary by paying attention to what really matters.
  • When we come to Him we are often desperate for answers, but in His presence we find that access is enough.
  • Wrestling our thoughts out in prayer helps us with the grueling process of submission.
  • We will encounter situations in life where we must believe in the power of prayer.
  • Surrender is not just giving things up; it’s learning to trust God in different ways.
  • Prayer is about growing our faith, not giving us answers.
  • Praying for daily bread provides us the freedom to simply trust Him for what we need right now.

ENCOUNTER

  • We will encounter situations in life where we must believe in the power of prayer. How have you experienced this truth play out in your own life?
  • Prayer is more about the access than the answer. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
  • How would you define submission? What makes you answer in the way that you do? How does your answer influence your willingness to engage in the process of submission?

FORMATION

  • Read Matthew 6:5-8. What did Jesus want us to understand about our motivation to pray? How did a person’s motivation for prayer determine their reward? What is our promised reward if we approach God with a right heart?
  • Read Ephesians 2:18-22. According to this passage, what access have we been given in prayer? What made this access possible? What are you doing with the access you’ve been given to God in prayer?
  • Read Mark 14:32-36. How does Jesus prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane highlight the grueling process of submission? Where do the elements of recognition, sorting and surrender appear in the words Jesus prays?

EXPRESSION

  • The first step of submission is recognition. How do you recognize God’s sovereignty in the situations where you are engaged in the grueling process of submission? Where are you trying to be wise in your own eyes? How can you acknowledge HIs ways are greater than your own?
  • We must define what we want in order to understand what we need to surrender. Think of the places where you are struggling to let go and submit to God’s will. In all transparency, what do you really want to happen in this situation? What would you do if you were God? Why are you reluctant to submit to God in this area?
  • Where do you need to be praying for your “daily bread” and provision? What would it look like for you to trust Him for what you need right now in this situation?
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