Darkness began to overtake Jesus and his followers during Passion Week. One of their own, Judas, left their celebration supper to carry out his exploitation of Jesus. The Teacher talked about coming betrayal, poured out blood, and failed friendship. Only He knew of the coming perpetrators and the waiting cross. In the face of evil, Jesus stopped to pray.
“And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, ‘My soul is sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” (Mark 14:32-34 – ESV)
When we know evil rises and violence awaits, it’s not our instinct to stop and pray. But Jesus did. As the forces of Evil gathered to applaud His pain, Christ Himself turned to His Heavenly Father. He found comfort, direction, and help. The Innocent One teaches us how to respond to the darkest of evil. If we care about the exploitation of children, we can’t ignore Jesus’ pattern of prayer and its potential to bring comfort, direction, and help.
Each month, the Street Hope Prayer Team is committed to providing an opportunity to engage in prayer against trafficking. Last month we provided a printable 31 Verses to Pray Against Trafficking as a tool to use on your own or with a group. Each quarter, we’ll gather together once for a time of creative, relevant prayer. You will gain awareness about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST), but we will find hope together in the power of our great God, the same God Whom Jesus knelt before in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Will you join us for an hour? On Tuesday, April 21 from 7-8 pm, another group of disciples will meet to worship God and pray against darkness. We will meet in the Charis in Action building at 7212 Oak Ridge Hwy. We’ll hear from our partner Hosea’s Heart, and we’ll pray for victims of exploitation by name. For the followers of Jesus living in a dark world, this will be time well spent.
When Jesus finished praying, He found Peter, James, and John asleep. “Could you not watch one hour?” he asked. “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:37-38 – ESV) We know the weather will be nice, your work day will be long, and it’s hard to contemplate the darkness of DMST. But will you “watch one hour” with us?
During May and June, watch for creative tools & opportunities to pray for justice & mercy.