Morning Prayer: 12 March – John 7:40-53 ~ Pharisees: This foolish crowd follows him.

Saturday of the Fourth 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: John 7:40-53 (NLT)

When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others said, “But he can’t be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee? For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.” So the crowd was divided about him. Some even wanted him arrested, but no one laid a hand on him.


When the Temple guards returned without having arrested Jesus, the leading priests and Pharisees demanded, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”

“We have never heard anyone speak like this!” the guards responded.

“Have you been led astray, too?” the Pharisees mocked. “Is there a single one of us rulers or Pharisees who believes in him? This foolish crowd follows him, but they are ignorant of the law. God’s curse is on them!”

Then Nicodemus, the leader who had met with Jesus earlier, spoke up. “Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?” he asked.

They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Search the Scriptures and see for yourself—no prophet ever comes from Galilee!”

Then the meeting broke up, and everybody went home.

Morning Prayer

Thank you, Christ my Savior, for welcoming me into your presence. Lord, help me by your grace.

+ Cleanse me and wash me free from sin.
+ Fill me to overflowing with your Holy Spirit.
+ Show me how to offer myself to others this morning.
+ Strengthen me to do your will throughout the day.
+ Grant that I may hunger for the food of eternal life.
+ Feed me to the full on your Word – the bread of life.
+ Walk with me through the valley of the shadow of death.
+ Lead me home to your banqueting table in heaven.

Lord God, in your gentle mercy, guide my wayward heart. Help me by your grace, for I know that left to myself I cannot do your will. I ask through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Lord, You Have My Heart” – Delirious?

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!