When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17 (NKJV)
When I sit down with Jesus for TEA each morning, I think of there being just the two of us, Jesus and me. But the other morning I realized there are really four of us, because God is “Three in One.” My TEA time is actually with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Wow! My sofa is crowded in the morning :-)!
This “Three in One” miracle of God is called the Trinity. Some might wonder how this can be? One of the best comparisons I’ve heard is to water. H2O comes in three forms — ice, water, and steam, yet all are still H2O, two atoms of Hydrogen and one atom of Oxygen in each molecule. God comes in three forms, also — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, yet all are God. We can’t live without water and we can’t live without God!
Another cool example from God’s creation is a banana. If you peel a banana and gently squeeze the edible center, it will break into three pieces. Once I wrote a short song for my preschoolers to help them remember the Trinity. The words are: “God is like a banana, God is like a banana, God is like a banana, for He comes in three pieces. One is God the Father, Two is Jesus Christ His Son, Three is the Holy Spirit who dwells in each of us…” Consider the Trinity the next time you eat a banana :-).
Remembering the Trinity as you enjoy your quiet time each day, will also point you to three important parts of My TEA CUPP Prayers:
1) Use God‘s Word in Prayer because His Word lasts forever…”The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV)
2) Meet with Jesus every day, for He wants to be with you…Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelations 3:20 (NKJV)
3) Bring your petitions to the Lord with the help of the Holy Spirit…Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26 (NKJV) Keep a list to remind you for whom you want to pray, and the Holy Spirit will help you say those prayers.
Make room for “Three in One” during your next TEA CUPP Prayers!
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity! —Heber
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 18:19 (NKJV)
For further reading on the Trinity…