Lord Jesus, I praise you this day as the Resurrection and the Life, the one who was dead but who is now risen and who was taken up into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God. I thank you for the abundant eyewitness testimony to your bodily resurrection that has been left to us that our faith may be rooted and grounded in fact and history. I pray that ______________________ and I will rest our faith on this eyewitness testimony to your resurrection. May you never have to rebuke us for our lack of faith or stubborn refusal to believe in your resurrection or in anything else found in your word. Please open doors for the word to us that we may have opportunity to declare the good news to others in our spheres of influence. I pray that each of us will do our part so that the gospel may be preached to all creation. Through us may others believe and be baptized so that they may be saved. I pray that you will work with us and confirm your word by mighty acts of power. I ask this in your name, amen. N.B.: Many New Testament scholars believe that the ending of Mark’s gospel as we now have it was not in the original version of Mark’s gospel.