Note: “Barabbas” means “son of Abbas,” or “son of the father” in Aramaic Lord Jesus, I pray that ______________________ and I will be able to imitate your example of dignity and strength in the face of suffering. Show us when we are to do as you did, and not open our mouths in our own defense, even when grossly untrue and unfair things are said about us. May we learn how to trust you to defend our reputation, as you entrusted yourself to your Father. Please vindicate us in your time from all false accusations. Lord, we see here how simple sins of the flesh like envy and a desire to please people prompted these leaders to commit monstrous crimes. Please protect us from these sins. May we not envy others but instead choose to rejoice over their success and yield place to them if your hand of favor obviously rests on them. May we not be jealous for position or prominence or popularity. Keep us from being too eager to please men, as Pilate did to his shame. May we seek only your approval and commit ourselves to doing what is right regardless of the reactions of other people. We ask you for political leaders who will be men of character and integrity who are determined to do what is right and just without being intimidated by public pressure, as Pilate was. And we ask you for political leaders who will not allow a covetous desire for popularity and prestige and influence to drive them to do what is evil and to oppose those who stand for truth. As Simon was pressed into service to carry your cross, so I pray that each of us will deny ourselves, pick up our own cross, and follow you. I thank you that you, the true son of the Father, took our place on the cross, just as you took the place of Barabbas, the son of his father, that we too may become sons of your Father who is in heaven. This I pray in your name, amen.