Lord Jesus, I accept and affirm the truth that you raised Lazarus from the dead. He had been in the tomb for four days, and yet with just a spoken word you commanded him to come out and he did. I believe that you are the resurrection and the life, and that he who believes in you will live, even though he dies. I claim for ______________________ and me your promise that whoever lives and believes in you will never die. You are the Christ, the Son of God. I affirm your humanity as it is revealed here. You were deeply moved in your spirit and troubled over the death of Lazarus. You loved him and wept over his death. I take heart from this to believe that you are a compassionate Savior and Lord, and that you weep with us when we weep. I am grateful that you are not a remote Savior who cannot be touched by our infirmities. I pray that we will take heart from this story to believe that, no matter how hopeless and beyond redemption things appear to be, if we trust in you we will see the glory of God revealed in those circumstances because your power cannot be limited even by death itself. You looked up and prayed to your Father before you raised your friend to life. You did this for our benefit, that we might see and know that he sent you and gave you the power to raise the dead. May we accept this testimony and believe that you were sent to us by the one true and living God. And I thank you, Father, that you hear our prayers. I thank you that, because we are in Christ, you always hear us just as you always heard his prayers. I am grateful for the access we have to you through the new and living way that Christ opened for us through his death. And so may we draw near to you with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, knowing that you will receive us and hear our prayers. These things I pray in the name of your Son, my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.