Morning Prayer: 05 March – Luke 18:9-14 ~ “Thank God I’m not like him.” Ooops!

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6)

Morning Reading: Luke 18:9-14 (NLT)

pride

Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Morning Prayer

Christ the Lord has made me into a new creation. He has given me a new birth in the waters of baptism and nourishes me with his Word and his Spirit. Jesus, you are gentle and humble in spirit; renew me by your grace.

+ Grant me something of your compassion, something of your kindness, and something of your patience towards all whom I encounter today.
+ Teach me to be a good neighbor to the sad and the needy, following your example of the good Samaritan.
+ Intercede for me before the Father and fill me with your Spirit that I may serve you ever more perfectly.
+ Grant me the gift of your mercy, pardon my sins and deliver me from evil.

Renew me, Lord God, in this yearly season of grace as I ponder the mysteries of Easter. Grant, that my joy may be completed by seeing them fulfilled in my life. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“God Be Merciful to Me” – Indelible Grace

Closing Sentence

Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. (Isaiah 55:7)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!