What Jesus Did! 'The Devil Has a Plan' — John 13:2

Thursday, September 6, 2018

It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.
— John 13:2 NLT

Key Thought

We must never forget that the events of the cross — from Judas' plan to betray Jesus to his opponents to the death of Jesus on the cross being mocked by the crowds — were part of the Devil's plan. More than entering a room with Jesus and his disciples in John 13, we have joined them on the battlefield. The evil one will not leave the events alone. He will orchestrate the hatred, jealousy, mockery, injustice, brutality, cruelty, betrayal, treachery, and death which follow. These things are also what he desires for all who seek God and goodness. Choosing Jesus is not only crucial; it is also a battle. Let's never forget that Jesus faced the Devil to win the victory for us.

Today's Prayer

Lord God Almighty, my Abba Father, please give me the wisdom to see the crafty ways of the Devil as he seeks to deceive and to destroy my faith in you and my love for you. Strengthen me by your Spirit in my inner being so that I can be strong enough to face down my enemy when he attacks. Most of all, deliver me from the evil one and bring me into your glorious victory with great joy. In the name of Jesus, my conquering Savior, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 6:10-12
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:3
  • Romans 16:20


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Illustration of John 13:2 NLT — It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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