TEA CUPP Book Mark

New TEA CUPP Book Mark

Merry Christmas!

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7 (NKJV)

Merry Christmas, dear friends! I have a gift for you!  Just message me and I will send one of My TEA CUPP Prayers book marks to you.

Would you like some help getting your new year off to a good start with an organized prayer time?  My TEA CUPP Prayers book mark has space for you to list your daily prayers, and other special prayer needs for each day of the week.  It also reminds you of the parts of prayer with the TEA CUPP acronym.

T = Thanksgiving
E = Exalting His Name
A = Admitting my sins
C = Calling for my life
U = Understanding my story
P = Promises (claiming God’s)
P = Petitions (pouring out my heart)

Keep your prayer book mark in your Bible, or by your phone or email.  Then as you learn of more prayer needs, just add them to your list.  Each morning during your TEA time with Jesus, start by reading your Bible to give Him the first Word.  Then pull out your book mark and pour out your heart to Jesus for all the dear people on your list.  I make a new book mark for myself every few months as the prayer needs change. May this be a blessing to you.

Love and prayers,

Jennifer Grace Book Mark Prayer List

New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

Bearing the Burdens

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)

How strong is your TEA CUPP?  How much TEA can it hold?  Have you tested your CUPP to see if it breaks?  I think you will find your CUPP unbreakable and able to hold as much TEA as you need each day.  You can use it to bear the burdens for your family and friends and complete strangers.  Just add them to your TEA CUPP Prayers each day.

Some of you might be new to My TEA CUPP Prayers, visiting for the first time.  Let me review for you what My TEA CUPP Prayers are all about.  http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/about/ This is a prayer outline for pouring out your heart to Jesus each day, using God’s Word as conversation starters.   Each letter of the acronym stands for a different part of prayer.  You can scroll through my left side bar to read more about…

T = Thanksgiving http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/category/thanks/
E = Exalt His Name http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/category/exalt/
A = Admit my sins http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/category/admit/
C = Call for my life http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/category/callformylife/
U = Understanding my story http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/category/understandingmystory/
P = Promises (claiming God’s) http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/category/promises/
P = Petitions (pouring out my heart) http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/category/petitions/

The best way that helps me remember to bear others’ burdens is to write their names on a prayer list.  I have a prayer book mark on which I list each person.  Others’ burdens aren’t too hard to carry, because as soon as I share them with Jesus, He carries them for me and lets me have His lighter load…

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

Please send me a comment if you would like a book mark sent to you to help you bear each others’ burdens! You can read more about my bookmark in my archives…http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/category/myteacuppprayers/tea-cupp-book-mark/

Who am I bearing burdens for today?  Well, there is a big list, but two very special girls are on my list…Emma in Minnesota, recovering from a fall out of her wheel chair.  And Callista in Montana, preparing to have a tumor removed from her leg.  Dear Jesus, please heal these sweet girls…

“Peace, peace, to those far and near,”
says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”
Isaiah 57:19 (NIV)

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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Top of the List

He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psalm 24:5 (NKJV)

A few weeks ago I talked about having a prayer book mark to remind you of all the people you want to lift up to Jesus.  On the very front of the book mark is your daily prayer list, people you want to pray for every day of the week.  Now, who is at the top of that daily prayer list?  Who is the first person you pray for every day?

If you are a wife, I want to suggest that the one person who should be at the top of your prayer list is your husband.  This is the person who we have vowed before God to love and support forever. This is the person who depends on us as a helpmate, more than anyone else in the world.  This is the person who needs our prayers, and by praying for our husbands, since we are one in marriage, we are also praying for ourselves and families.

One of the greatest joys in using God’s Word in prayer comes when I petition Jesus for my husband Kent.  Sometimes it can be hard to know how or what to pray for the dearest person in my life (or on some days, the person at whom I am most angry).  God’s Word gives me conversation starters for prayer, keeps me focused, and even corrects me when I am angry.  I pray it is also a blessing to my husband.

I want to encourage you right now, if you haven’t already, to make a prayer book mark, and at the very TOP OF THE LIST, write the name of your husband.  And each day when you sit down for your TEA CUPP Prayers with Jesus, mention your husband’s name to Jesus and ask him to give your husband all the strength, wisdom, guidance and grace he needs for that day.

In the next few days I will share some of my favorite Bible verses to use when I am Praying God’s Word for my husband.  Here is one to get you started…

…the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in Him.
Psalm 32:10 (NIV)

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Saturday – Book Mark

(Continued from Friday)

The Saturday section of My TEA CUPP Prayers book mark is on the lower back side, when the book mark is folded.  Here I list all ministries and missionaries for whom God has called me to pray.  There are church camps, pastors, youth leaders, prison ministers, family and life ministries, missionaries to other countries, and churches in my town.  I pray for God to bless them abundantly, provide for all their needs, protect them, and give them strength and wisdom for every day.

If you are making a prayer book mark and would like to pray for some ministries, I can give you a couple that need your prayers.  One is Camp on the Boulder (www.campontheboulder.org), a wonderful church camp in south-central Montana.  This ministry needs your prayers, miracles, campers and finances to continue the work God began here over 50 years ago.  Another ministry prayer request I have is for My TEA CUPP Prayers.  This is a ministry God called me to share that I hope to put into a book for others someday.  Thank you for your prayers to help me fulfill God’s call.

One of my favorite verses  to use when praying for ministries is…

God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us,
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
Psalm 67:1-2 (NKJV)

Another favorite is Psalm 20 (NKJV).  Our friends at Grace Church in Blanchester, Ohio blessed us with this Psalm when we first went into full-time camping ministry in 1997.

May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice.
May He grant you according to your heart’s
desire,

And fulfill all your purpose.
We will rejoice in your salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up
our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.

Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.
Save, LORD!
May the King answer us when we call.
Psalm 20 (NKJV)

Remember, you can make your very own prayer book mark, or just contact me and I will be happy to send you one. Thank you for letting me share about My TEA CUPP Prayers book mark with you this week.  Visit me again next week!

God bless you!

Jennifer Grace

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Friday – Book Mark

(Continued from Thursday)

The Friday section of My TEA CUPP Prayers book mark is in the center of the back side, when the book mark is folded.  Here I list all the people in our nation and world who I want to bring to the Lord.  The people of Haiti have been in my prayers this year, as they had the terrible earthquake there.  I list our president, governor, senators, and elected leaders.  I list our armed services and people I know who are serving in the military.  I pray for their wisdom and safety.

God’s Word calls us to pray for our government leaders…

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NIV)

A few verses that help me petition God for our country and leaders include…

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people He chose for His inheritance.
Psalm 33:12 (NIV)

May the LORD our God be with us as He was with our fathers; may He never leave us nor forsake us. 1 Kings 8:57 (NIV)

“Save us, O God our Savior;
gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to Your holy Name,
that we may glory in Your praise.”
1 Chronicles 16:35 (NIV) & Psalm 106:47 (NIV)

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Thursday – Book Mark

(Continued from Wednesday)

The Thursday section of My TEA CUPP Prayers book mark is on the top back side, when the book mark is folded.  Here I list all the babies and marriages I want to remember to bring to the Lord.  My baby list includes those who are hoping to have kids, those who are expecting, those who want to adopt, and new babies.  I also pray for the unborn, that God will protect these precious little lives.  My marriage list includes couples engaged to be married, and those whose marriages are struggling.

Some of my favorite prayer verses for these folks include…

For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Psalm 139:13-14(NIV)

For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. 1 Samuel 1:27 (NKJV)

Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)

Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:9 (NKJV)

A long time ago I wrote a poem to send to the couples with new babies, promising to pray for them.  Now, 16 years later, there have been dozens of babies who I have lifted up to Jesus in prayer.  You can do this, too, and multiply the blessings. This is the poem I wrote:

A Gift for Baby

You won’t find it wrapped in tissue paper,

Or in a box with a lid.

It’s not knitted or quilted,

Or with strings like a bib.

You can’t carry it or play with it

Or hang it on the wall,

And sometimes you might forget

This gift arrived at all.

But we promise that a very special gift

Has already come your way.

It will always be with you,

Day after day.

It was sent on the Wind,

Wrapped in softest Love,

It arrived before you knew it

From Our Father up above.

It has all the colors of the rainbow,

And though it can’t be seen,

It’s always there around you,

Comforting and protecting.

Have you guessed the gift now?

It is with you everywhere.

Surely you knew all along;

Our gift to you is a prayer!

May God bless you with the love of Jesus Christ!

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Wednesday – Book Mark

(continued from Tuesday)

The Wednesday section of My TEA CUPP Prayers book mark is on the lower right side, when the book mark is unfolded.  Here I list all my friends I want to remember in prayer.  There are friends from summer camp, church, high school, the neighborhood, old towns, Bible studies, etc.  Some weeks God gives me an extra nudge to write one of them an email or card.  By having this list to pray for each week, I am able to remember my friends and bring them to the Lord in prayer.

Here are some of my favorite verses for blessing a friend.  I might also write one of these verses in a card…

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV)

May the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth,
bless you from Zion.
Psalm 134:3  (NIV)

“The LORD bless you
and keep you;

the LORD make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;

the LORD turn His face toward you
and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Tuesday – Book Mark

(continued from Monday)

The Tuesday section of My TEA CUPP Prayer book mark is on the upper right, when the book mark is unfolded.  Here I list all those who I want to know  Jesus.  I call it my salvation prayer list.  It includes relatives, friends, friends’ relatives, acquaintances, neighbors, high school friends, people in our community, government leaders, etc.  It’s a big list.  Perhaps some of them already know Jesus, but they haven’t told me, so I keep praying for them.  I pray for God to open their hearts and fill them with His Holy Spirit.  I want them to be in heaven with Jesus and me some day.  A few of my favorite verses to pray for their salvation include..

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 (NIV)

And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Acts 2:21 (NIV)

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NIV)

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 (NIV)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NIV)

I pray for all on my salvation list to believe in Jesus and accept God’s free gift of eternal life!

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Monday – Book Mark

(Continued from Sunday)

My Monday section is on the lower left side, when the book mark is unfolded.  In this place I list everyone who needs healing and comfort.  People with illnesses from church, relatives with ongoing health issues, and those who have lost loved ones, are all included on my “Get well” prayer list.  Some verses I especially like for these folks include…

“Peace, peace, to those far and near,”
says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”
Isaiah 57:19 (NIV)

“…I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you…” 2 Kings 20:5 (NIV)

So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:22 (NIV)

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34 (NIV)

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

I will turn their mourning into gladness;
I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13 (NIV)

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

My TEA CUPP Prayers Book Mark

As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. 1 Samuel 12:23 (NIV)

How do you remember to pray for all the people who need your prayers?  I keep a book mark in my Bible with a list of names.   You can make one of these book marks for yourself.  I take a regular sheet of paper and fold it in half.  On the front I have listed my TEA CUPP, to remind me to give THANKS, EXALT, ADMIT,  and talk to God about my CALL, UNDERSTAND my story, claim His PROMISES, and pour out my PETITIONS.  Then I also list all the people I want to pray for everyday. This includes my family, my pastor, our church, close friends with illnesses and health concerns, and our camping ministry.

Opening my folded book mark, at the top left on the inside are my Sunday prayer requests.  I decided to put my family and relatives on Sundays.  This includes my immediate family, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, etc.  Each day this week I will be mentioning a different part of My TEA CUPP book mark, so you can make one for yourself. Book marks are the best way to help you remember to pray!  If you would like me to send you one of My TEA CUPP Prayer book marks, please just send me an email with your address, and I will be happy to do that for you.

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica