Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)
My TEA CUPP friends,
Some of you might just be getting started with prayer, or perhaps you want a fresh way to communicate with God. So today I want to share a few more ways you can use the TEA CUPP.
The basic idea is to meet each day with Jesus, the King of kings, for TEA. As you share your TEA CUPP with Jesus, you use His Word as conversation starters and the TEA CUPP acronym to remind you of things to talk about:
T = Thanksgiving
E = Exalting
A = Admitting
C = Calling
U = Understanding my story
P = Promises (Claiming God’s)
P = Petitions (Pouring out my heart to the Lord)
At various times I’ve sipped my TEA with Jesus in different ways. My favorite method is to do it all every morning before my family wakes up. There is always something to be thankful for, praise Jesus for, some sin needing forgiveness, etc.
After the birth of a child, or during a long illness, when time was short or I just didn’t feel well, I prayed one part for each day of the week (Sunday – Thanks, Monday – Exalt, Tuesday – Admit, etc.). Then I would still pray my petitions each day, too.
Another way to sip the TEA CUPP might work well for busy moms and working ladies. This method is to sandwich your day in prayer. Try having TEA in the morning when you first wake up and the CUPP at night right before you go to bed. Soon, you will be talking to Jesus throughout the whole day!
Today’s TEA CUPP: Remember, there is no “magic” method for prayer. This is just a way that works for me, and God put it on my heart to share it with you. Jesus is knocking, will you invite Him in for TEA?
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. Revelation 3:20 (NKJV)
p.s. For examples of prayer verses to use for conversation starters, please check out these recent links:
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.