Grab a notebook and reflect as you go through this Bible study! This study will help you examine how your view of God impacts your approach to prayer. The following scriptures will also help you to determine whether you are experiencing an intimate connection with God or an impersonal and detached relationship.
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely…
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
1. Do you believe that God is a personal God?
2. Do you believe that God is interested in all the intricate details of your life?
3. God sees everything and He wants to be intimately involved in every aspect of your life, do you believe this?
I have sought your face with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
1. Do you seek God’s face with all your heart?
2. Do you view God as a friend or do you see Him as a stranger?
3. Are you seeking intimacy with God or just what you can get from His hand?
1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
1. Do you believe that God listens to you when you speak to Him?
2. Are you willing to speak to God?
Record my misery;
list my tears on your scroll—
are they not in your record?
1. God keeps track of all our hurts and all our tears.
2. Do you tell God your hurts, do you cry to Him?
The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Psalm 37:23 (NLT)
1. God is comforting; He guides and holds us by the hand.
2. What do you learn from David’s approach and his view of God?
Additional Scriptures for Further Study:
Job 42:8 – So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.”
Psalm 27:8– My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Psalm 18: 1-6 – I love you, Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.