My TEA CUPP Prayers: The Book

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Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2 (NKJV)

My TEA CUPP Prayers: The Book!

Dear TEA CUPP Friends,

I’m so happy to announce My TEA CUPP Prayers Book is finally here!  So many years and so many prayers went into this book. All praise and glory to Jesus!

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Psalm 103:1 (NKJV)

 My TEA CUPP Prayers is available in print from the publisher Xulon and from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You may view your ebook right now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Apple users may find it on iBooks. Thank you for all who are interested!  I’ve listed a few more ways to get my book at the end of this article, including how to recieve an autographed copy :-).

These 77 Devotions were compiled over the past 15 years as I prayed and raised my children.  The book invites you to a daily TEA time with Jesus.  Each week I share with you a different part of the TEA CUPP acronym, helping you pray by using God’s Word. Every message includes a “Today’s TEA CUPP,” encouraging you in your prayer life.  I pray this book brings you closer to Jesus as you meet with Him each day for TEA.

A peek at the back of the book jacket:

Who: You
When: Today
What:  TEA with Jesus
Where:  Your house
Why:  Because Jesus longs to hear from you
How:  Just open your BIBLE and your heart

Dear Friend, 
YOU are invited to TEA with Jesus TODAY!!!  “Come to Me,” Jesus calls in Matthew 11:28.  Please accept!  Allow God to draw you into a daily TEA time with Jesus through this 77-day devotional.

My TEA CUPP Prayers is an invitation to women everywhere to sit down daily with Jesus for a cup of tea.  The TEA CUPP acronym provides the parts of prayers, as we use the BIBLE to talk with our Lord.  Here new Christians discover a way to draw nearer to Jesus and old Christians taste a new flavor for their prayers. Women will dig deeper into God’s Word, come closer to Jesus by meeting with Him each day, and unleash the power of the Holy Spirit through their prayers.

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)

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

What’s next? Now I am compiling Mom’s TEA CUPP Prayers as a second devotional book, with more recent writings. I also have dreams of other projects as God allows. I’m available to come speak to your ladies’ group and invite them to TEA with the King of kings. Thank you for praying for me!

Today’s TEA CUPP: Remember, if you feel unworthy of an invitation to TEA with our Lord, Jesus shared water with a scandalous Samaritan woman when Jews did not associate with Samaritans, and men did not speak to the women.  Jesus certainly is ready to meet with you.  Behold, He stands at the door and knocks.  My friend, please say, “Come in, Lord Jesus, come in.”

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.  A few more ways to get a copy of my book:  In Big Timber, Montana, it is available at The Coffee Stop and The Fort or from me for $15.  If you’d like me to mail you a copy, I can do that for $20 (because of shipping) and it will include a bookmark and autograph. Please send a check for $20 to my address on the contact page and I will mail you one.  May God bless you!

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

 

 

Tea Time with Jeremiah

tea cup for bookmark - no pink!-blankMy Tea Cupp Prayers is all about using God’s Word as a conversation starter as you sit down with Jesus for a cup of tea and prayer.  My favorite verses come from the Psalms, but there are great verses throughout the Bible which I also love.  Jeremiah offers some of the most heart-felt verses.

If we think we are going through tough times, we should look at Jeremiah. According to John MacArthur in his study Bible (page 1059), “Jeremiah has been known as the ‘weeping prophet,’  living a life of conflict because of his predictions of judgment by the invading Babylonians.  He was threatened, tried for his life, put in stocks, forced to flee from Jehoiakim, publicly humiliated by a false prophet, and thrown into a pit.”

Here is a fellow who knew pain and suffering, yet had a dedication to God’s calling on his life.  This is a prophet we can trust with words for talking with God.  And so I picked out a few verses for you today.  Perhaps you will discover even more as you read Jeremiah.  Have a blessed TEA TIME with Jeremiah and Jesus!

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Try these verses from Jeremiah as conversation starters for your prayer time today.

 T for Thanks: 

Praise the Lord of hosts,
For the Lord is good,
For His mercy endures forever. Jeremiah 33:11 (NKJV)

E for Exalt:

Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. Jeremiah 32:17 (NKJV)

A for Admit:

For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.  Jeremiah 31:34 (NKJV)

C for Call:

Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls…”  Jeremiah 6:16 (NKJV)

U is for Understanding our story:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you... Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)

P is for Promises:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

P is for Petitions:

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
Save me, and I shall be saved,
For You are my praise. Jeremiah 17:14 (NKJV)

Extra verses for wives to pray for their husbands:

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV)

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

Quote from The MacArthur Study Bible, 1997, Word Publishing, Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Most Women Said “Prayer”

handsNow it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray Luke 11:1 (NKJV)

A weekly Bible study I attend recently posed the question, “In what area is God calling you to a deeper level of obedience?”  As we went around the table of 20 plus women, the majority all mentioned prayer.  The women have hearts for obediently following Jesus’ example to pray, but some may wonder how to proceed.  Is God calling you in this area, too?  How can you get started?

The place to begin is the Bible.  God’s Word has all we need.   When I don’t know what to say, God does.  There are fantastic verses from Genesis to Revelations, but a great place to explore are the Psalms.  Here we read the heart cries of other believers that we may also pray to the Lord.

To thank the Lord, we may pray,

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
    For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1 (NKJV)

To exalt (praise) our God, we may pray,

I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.
For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth. Psalm 57:9-11 (NKJV)

To admit our sins and ask for forgiveness, we may pray,

Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2 (NKJV)

To seek God’s call for our lives, we may pray,

Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
 
Psalm 86:11 (NKJV)

To understand and talk with Jesus about our story, we may pray,

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off. Psalm 139:1-2 (NKJV)

To claim one of God’s promises for our lives, we may pray,

You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7 (NKJV)

To pour out our hearts and petition the Lord, we may pray,

Do not forsake me, O Lord;
O my God, be not far from me!
Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation! Psalm 38:21-22 (NKJV)

And when we come to our final request, we will have had an intimate time of prayer with Jesus.

My friend, encounter the Lord today in prayer.  He is most certainly calling us all.

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Meet with Jesus for prayer and a cup of tea.  Bring your Bible, open to the book of Psalms, and let God’s Word begin your conversation.

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

 

AA for Everyone

Halftone 3d lower-case letter aHalftone 3d lower-case letter aFor all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23  (NKJV)

AA is for everyone.  This thought occurred to me one day as I contemplated the “A” part of my TEA CUPP Prayers.

Are you familiar with AA?  It’s a great organization for recovering alcoholics, called Alcoholics Anonymous.  When we served at camp, the AA weekend was the biggest visit of the summer. They drank coffee continually and required bountiful meals, but they were also the most thankful and joyful guests. These folks were among friends who shared a colored past, yet held a bright hope for the future.  Doesn’t that describe all Christians, as well?

We all share a past…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  When we ADMIT our sins and ASK God’s forgiveness, we share in the inheritance of eternal life with Him.  That’s why AA is for everyone. We all must ADMIT our sins and ASK forgiveness through Jesus Christ to enter the Kingdom of God.

Some of my favorite confession verses come from the Psalms where David pours out his heart to the Lord. David was God’s chosen king, a man after God’s own heart, yet he still messed up. In Psalm 51 is his heart-felt plea, following his shameful affair and murder.   David cried out, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. …Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:1,10).  God forgave David, and He will forgive us, too.

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

Today’s TEA CUPP:  ADMIT-ASK: Sit down with Jesus today, ADMIT your sins and ASK for His forgiveness. Also ask God’s help to stay on the right path.  With Jesus, we can move forward!

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

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“I’m Clean!”

img_0265…Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow…  Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

“I’m clean!”  Joel calls to me as he comes from the bedroom.  Daddy just helped him put on jammies after his evening bath.  I’ve washed the dinner dishes and now it’s time for stories.  Joel wants to let me know he is ready, so he repeats, “I’m clean!”

Joel’s call every evening reminds me of what we as forgiven sinners can proclaim daily, “I’m clean!”  No matter what our past, when we ask Jesus to forgive our sins, He washes them all away.  Though our sins were like scarlet, now we are white as snow.  We are clean, ready to serve Him here on earth, and ready to meet our Father in heaven.

Can you imagine the sensation we would make if we walked into church each Sunday and proclaimed, “I’m clean!”  Or, how about in the grocery store, the bank, the gas station, or anywhere else we visit during the week?  Your friend asks, “Hi, how are you?”  Instead of replying with the usual, “Fine,” you exclaim, “I’m clean!”  What a conversation starter that would be!

How can we be sure we are clean?  God’s Word the Bible is the place to start.

His Word shows us where we are dirty:

 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NKJV)

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.  James 1:21 (NKJV)

He provides verses for cleansing.

‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ Luke 18:13 (NKJV) 

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 (NKJV)

And Jesus gives us the assurance that we are forgiven and made new.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Instead of just drinking TEA with Jesus today, why not take a bath in His Word! Immerse yourself in verses like Psalm 51, confess your sins to the Lord, letting Him make you new.  Then proclaim to a friend, “I’m clean!”

“Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”  Matthew 8:2 (NKJV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

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7-7-7 Prayer

hands“But the days will come when the Bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.” Luke 5:35 (NKJV)

Anna Graham Lotz is sharing God’s call to pray for our nation and world this July. As the Israelites marched around Jericho 7 days, we are to pray the first 7 days of July. Then on July 7th, we are to fast and pray 7 hours, sounding the trumpet for Jesus. If you’d like to read more about it, please click to see Anna’s website. Please join us in praying and fasting for our country this Monday, July 7th.
www.annegrahamlotz.com/events/urgent-call-to-prayer/urgent-call-prayer-day-three”/

“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)

Give ear, O God, and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears Your Name. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people bear Your Name.” Daniel 9:18-18 (NIV)

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Good Friday: Who do you say that I am?

Good Friday

This Good Friday I re-run one of my favorite devotions for Jesus called, “Who do you say that I am?”  As you remember His sacrificial death today and His miraculous resurrection on Easter Sunday, I pray you also will answer Jesus….

 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15, Mark 8:29, Luke 9:20

Perhaps the most important question of all time is found in three of the Gospels.  It has implications for eternity, as each of us must answer Jesus’ query, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus was not just asking His disciples then; He is asking us today. We need to answer this question, for what we do with Jesus will determine our eternity.

Our pastor friend delivered an awesome sermon one Sunday by this very title, “Who do you say that I am?” (Rich Parker, January 18, 2004, Big Timber Lutheran Church, Montana).  Pastor Rich opened to us God’s Word and showed us Biblical characters who have said who Jesus is, from angels to demons, to people just like you and me.  Their very words we can use when we pray to Jesus:

God says…

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 (Jesus’ baptism)

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Matthew 17:5 (The transfiguration)

Heavenly spirits say…

“A Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (The birth of Jesus)

Demons say…

“You are the Christ,the Son of God!” Luke 4:41

John the Baptist says…

“The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

“This is the Son of God.” John 1:34

Andrew says…

“We have found the Messiah” John 1:41

Scripture says…

“The Word.” John 1:1

Jesus says…

“He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” John 14:9

“I AM.” John 8:58

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

Paul says…

“He is the Son of God.” Acts 9:20

Peter says…

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Simeon says…

“For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:30-32

Woman at the well…

“Could this be the Christ?” John 4:29

Martha says…

“Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” John 11:27

Centurion says…

“Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54

Thomas says…

“My Lord and my God!” John 20:28

Isaiah says…

“And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Revelation says…

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

Author C.S. Lewis says…

“Liar, Lunitic, or Lord.”

Who do you say that I am?

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Sit down with Jesus and tell Him who you say He is.  Give Him glory for His sacrificial death on the cross, His miraculous resurrection, and His promise of eternal life.  Tell Jesus today.

Who do you say that I am?

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My Daddy

  To all my praying friends,
Please pray for my dad, Jon.  Today he begins chemotherapy for cancer in several parts of his body. Please also pray for my mom, Nancy, as she goes through this with him. Thank you!

 

I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.  Psalm 57:2  (NKJV)

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Draw Me Nearer

But it is good for me to draw near to God;
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
That I may declare all Your works. Psalm 73:28  (NKJV)

At church on Sunday we were singing this beautiful hymn by Fanny Cosby, Draw Me Nearer Precious Lord.  When we reached the third verse, I thought, “Yes, this is what My TEA CUPP Prayers are all about!”  It’s about spending an hour before Jesus’ throne each morning, delighting in His word and His will.  It’s about getting closer to the Friend we will spend eternity with in heaven. 

O the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!

Draw me nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

by Fanny Cosby, 1875

You can hear the entire hymn at
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/i/a/iatolord.htm”/

Today’s TEA CUPP: Do you long for this kind of relationship with Jesus?  Pray the song above as a prayer today, “Draw me nearer precious Lord,” then meet with Him each day for TEA and He will be there 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. Revelation 3:20 (NKJV)

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Back in the Saddle

My faithful TEA CUPP Prayers readers, please forgive me for not making many posts these last few months.  There is someone who has been keeping me from my computer, a special little someone who is now 15 weeks old inside of me.  If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know we have lost three babies in the past two years.  This is the longest I have carried a baby since our son Kevin was born over 11 years ago (and I prayed 7 years for Kevin!).  This is truly a miracle and God’s answer to prayer!

With my morning sickness slowly declining, I have more stamina to write and hope to be back at my computer more often now.  In the coming months I will share with you the journey of this new little one, how God’s stretching me with His CALL, how I’m leaning on His PROMISES, and so much more.

Last week I had the blessing of attending the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference.  Many talented speakers inspired us and shared tips.  Bonnie Calhoun is a blogging expert who recommends posting three to five times per week, only 500 words a post, to keep readers interested. And so, I will tackle Bonnie’s suggestion as I refill My TEA CUPP Prayers website with more inspiration for you.

Please stay tuned…

Then the LORD answered me and said:   “ Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)

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