Lord Christ, I pray this day for ______________________ and for myself, that you will strengthen our faith in your resurrection from the dead. May we take into our hearts the great declaration of the angel at the tomb: “I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” I pray that we will place full weight on the eyewitness testimony to your resurrection, especially the testimony of the two women to whom you appeared and the testimony of your eleven disciples, who saw you alive after they had seen you die. Protect us from the lies that the enemies of the truth will tell to raise doubts about your resurrection, especially the lie that your body was stolen. I pray that we will be fully convinced in our own hearts and minds that you have risen from the dead; may this be the cornerstone and foundation of our faith. Lord, you have called us to join your followers in making disciples of all nations. Open our eyes to see that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you, and that you in turn have given it to us. Teach us how to use that authority over all powers of darkness to bring others in our world into relationship with you. May we have the privilege of baptizing others into your name and the name of the Father and the Holy Spirit. I pray that by the power of your Spirit we may obey everything you command; use us to teach and encourage others to do the same. I pray that no matter what we face this day, you will reassure us that you are right there with us, to sustain us and guide us. I claim your promise for us that you will be with us always, even to the very end of the age. In your name, amen.