I cry out to the LORD with my voice;
With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble. Psalm 142:1-2 (NKJV)
Talking with God. That is what My TEA CUPP Prayers are all about – sitting down with God each day for a chat. You can pour yourself a cup of TEA, or coffee, or a cola, or your favorite beverage, and share it with Jesus. My favorite early morning drink is actually just a mug of hot water. I clutch the mug in my hands as I read my Bible, and it heats me up in our chilly house. As the hot water begins to cool, I sip the warm liquid, and I am warmed on the inside, as Jesus warms me with His Word.
But what about the talking with God? I love the verse above from Psalm 142…”I pour out my complaint before Him.” Did you know it is alright to complain to God? He already knows our thoughts (Psalm 139:2), so we might as well be honest and tell it to Him straight how we are feeling. If we look at the scriptures, we see examples of people from the Bible talking straight with God.
In 1 Chronicles 13, David is moving the ark of the Lord back to the City of David. In the process of moving the ark, it starts to tip and Uzza reaches out to steady it. But no one is supposed to touch the ark. So Uzza dies. This makes David very angry as it says in 1 Chronicles 13:11 (NKJV) And David became angry because of the LORD’s outbreak against Uzza; therefore that place is called Perez Uzza to this day. Wow! Even David, God’s chosen King, got mad at God sometimes. David took some time off to cool off, and then eventually moved the ark all the way home.
Another example of talking with God comes from Luke 1, when Mary is told she will give birth to Jesus. Mary doesn’t just say, “Okay.” She asks questions. Mary queries, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” Luke 1:34 (NKJV) And the angel explains to Mary all she needs to know. If God calls us to do something, we should be sure to ask any questions we have of Him. Talk to Him!
Do you remember in Genesis 18 when Abraham is talking with God about destroying Sodom and Gomorah? Or when Gideon asks God about the wet/dry fleece (Judges 6) as a sign that all will be well? Yes, we are supposed to talk with God and share our doubts and worries, our questions, our hopes. My friends, sit down with Jesus today with your TEA CUPP and pour out your hearts to Him.
What am I talking with God about today? Well, for 10 years I’ve been praying for this camping ministry called Camp on the Boulder. In recent years we’ve seen a decline in camper numbers. So, ever since last summer I’ve been praying specifically for more groups, and for each group to come with more campers. And so far this year we have lost groups, and the groups that do come have had less campers. The group here right now is missing folks who couldn’t get here because of flooding in their home towns. O Lord, I pour out my complaint to you. Why did you allow the flooding? Why aren’t you sending us more campers? Where are Your miracles?
Please join me in talking with God today.