Small Talk Part 4: Study Guide

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Bottom Line

God’s Word reveals God’s ways.

Study Verses

Psalm 119:130, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Psalm 19:7, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 43:3 and Proverbs 6:20-23

Key Points

  • The discipline of simple prayer creates a vision for continual prayer.
  • We will begin to understand God’s ways when we align our heart and mind with His peace.
  • God’s presence is more important than His direction.
  • We will not surrender if we don’t trust and we don’t trust what we don’t know.
  • The purpose of prayer gets lost when our conversations become all about direction.
  • Trust is found in knowing who God is and how God is.
  • As we develop our prayer life, we will begin to truly see.
  • His Word serves as a light unto our path, not a spotlight into the future.
  • God’s voice is made up of God’s Word.
  • His presence and His peace are one in the same.
  • The goal of prayer isn’t answers, but alignment.
  • Surrender requires us to give up our way while alignment involves taking up His.
  • Relationships are a place where we come to know and be known.
  • If you are looking for God’s work in your life, you are more likely to see it.
  • The discipline of prayer teaches us the patience to remain.
  • Awareness is wasted if we fail to align.


“The role of the Scriptures and Scriptural understanding is to provide us with a general understanding of God and to inspire and cultivate a corresponding faith.” -Dallas Willard

  • How would the world look if God answered every prayer you sent His way? What does that picture say about the focus of your prayers?
  • God’s presence is more important than His direction. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What do we lose out on when the focus of our prayers are centered solely on direction?
  • Read the quote from Dallas Willard. How is our ability to trust God in prayer tied to our understanding of His Word?


  • Read Psalm 119:130, Psalm 43:3 and Psalm 119:105. Why does God provide us only with a lamp to illuminate our path rather than a spotlight? How does the unfolding of His Word force us to remain steadfast in prayer?
  • Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17. According to this passage, what are the four things that Scripture is useful for? How should these attributes of God’s Word shape our prayer life?
  • Read Psalm 19:7 and Proverbs 6:20-23. What role does the Bible play regarding hearing God’s voice? How does interaction with Scripture fuel our ability to trust?


“The principle task of study is a perception into the reality of a given situation… Through careful attention to reality, the mind is able to move in a certain direction.” -Richard Foster

  • How has God challenged you in the midst of this prayer series? What was the greatest insight you received and how are you going to put into practice what you’ve learned?
  • Read the quote from Richard Foster. Where does awareness and alignment need to take place in your life? How will you align yourself with His will in this area?
  • What does God’s Word say about the situation/thing you are wrestling with in prayer? Do you trust what God’s Word says about it?
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