Lord Jesus, We know that as the circumstances that led to your crucifixion unfolded, you knew all that was going to happen to you. When you said, “I am he,” power went out from you and all the soldiers who came to arrest you drew back and fell to the ground, and so we know that you did not have to allow yourself to be taken into custody and bound and brought to trial. You even healed the ear of the man whose ear Peter had cut off trying to protect you. You chose to go to the cross, to drink the cup the Father gave you to drink, for ______________________ and me. I thank you for giving up your life for us, and we declare that you are altogether worthy to be our Lord and Savior. We confess that we are weak, as Peter was. We know our own weakness, and how easy it is for us to be silent or to hesitate to identify ourselves with you if we think it may affect how we are treated or perceived. We know that Peter became a much different man when he received the Holy Spirit. He became bold and fearless and was willing to risk his life to identify himself openly with you. I ask you, Holy Spirit, to enable us to be strong when we feel weak so that we may openly and freely confess you before men. I pray, Lord, that we may be able to imitate your example of strength and courage. You spoke openly to the world, always teaching in the synagogues or at the temple, and said nothing in secret. You knew the risk of publicly declaring the truth and yet you did not let that intimidate you into silence. I ask you to transform us so that we may not be intimidated into silence when important issues are at stake. We admire your boldness before the high priest and the direct way in which you challenged him to confront you if you said anything wrong, or treat you with justice if you were speaking the truth. Please grant us that same strength, to appropriately challenge even people of power when we are being mistreated or falsely accused. And may we also imitate your willingness to submit to unjust treatment for the sake of a higher purpose. I ask these things in your name, amen.