Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P) 
Who can claim authority and power over life and death itself?
Friends, Jesus not only made such a claim, he showed God’s power to heal and restore people to wholeness of life. He also showed the mercy of God by releasing people from their burden of sin and guilt. He even claimed to have the power to raise the dead to life and to execute judgment on all the living and dead. The Jewish authorities were troubled with Jesus’ claims and looked for a way to get rid of him. He either had to be a mad man and an imposter or who he claimed to be – God’s divine son. Unfortunately, they could not accept Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah, the anointed one sent by the Father to redeem his people. They sought to kill him because he claimed an authority and equality with God which they could not accept. They failed to recognize that this was God’s answer to the long-awaited prayers of his people: “In a time of favor I have answered you, in a day of salvation I have helped you” (Isaiah 49:8).
Lord Jesus, increase my love for you and unite my heart and will with yours, that I may only seek and desire what is pleasing to you. Amen. Good morning and have a glorious Wednesday! 
40 days of our Lenten Bible reading plan 
Day 25 Read Matthew 26:31-35