Lord Jesus, I am struck that when you heard that Lazarus, the one whom you loved, was sick, you stayed where you were instead of rushing to his side. You had purposes for your delay, purposes that were to result in God's glory and in the glorification of you as his Son. May ______________________ and I choose to be patient in our times of need, and choose to believe that if you delay it is only because you have greater purposes than we can see. I pray that we will believe what the Word says, that Lazarus was indeed dead, and that your miracle of raising him to life bears powerful witness to your claim to be the Son of God. You are the Christ, the Son of God, who came into the world from your Father. I pray that we will acknowledge you and worship you as the resurrection and the life. I claim your promise for us that because we believe in you, we will live, even though we die. May we live and believe in you, and find security in your promise that we will never die. I pray that we will inherit courage from you. In response to God's call, you returned to face the very Jews who had tried to stone you. You walked with sure purpose and did not stumble because you were walking by the light and seeing by the light. May we imitate your example and face without fear any challenge you call us to face. These things I ask in your name, amen.