Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.
Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.
Morning Prayer: Jesus, on this day so long ago, many were plotting to have You killed, including Judas, one of Your very own disciples. How much You love us, how much You understand our own struggles because You were willing to suffer for us, to face the betrayal of a close companion for us, to die for us on the cross. Thank You, Jesus, for such an unmerited and extravagant sacrifice. Help me today to remember that You know me, You are for me, You understand my own struggles and pain and You are with me in the midst of them. Help me not to betray Your love for me by believing lies about who You are as Judas did. Help me also not to betray Your character to others because I am afraid of people, as the chief priests and teachers of the law were. They could not accept Your love, but I receive it now and walk in it throughout this day. Thank you for loving me. In Your name, Amen.
Evening Prayer: As I prepare to rest this evening, help me, Abba, to speak out who You are—Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace, Holy One, Bread of Life, Benevolent Creator, Immanuel God with us, Savior, and Friend. I rest knowing that You love me, and I pray that You would help me to love others as You have loved me. In Jesus’ name, Amen