Thursday evening in Alabama, Clay-Chalkville High School’s graduation was suddenly interrupted by a student who spontaneously took the podium to pray. Christian Crawford didn’t know who or what specifically he was praying for, he said he just felt led to it. Acting on that prompting turned out to be significant for one suffering person in attendance that evening.
A commencement speech was unexpectedly sidelined when a medical emergency began to unfold in
the stands. Nobody could see what was taking place or exactly what the complications were that halted the ceremony, when out of the sea of students, the senior class president approached the podium.
“Everybody, can I have your attention real quick?” Crawford announced, much to the surprise of his classmates. “We don’t know what’s going on, but we will pray. We know that prayer is power and that God is able. Let’s pray.”
Then without hesitation or rejection from anyone in attendance, Crawford continued, petitioning God for His immediate assistance in this scenario.
“Father God, we thank you for this day, Lord. We pray right now that whatever is going on, you will fix it, God,” he prayed. “We pray that you will heal it, God. We pray that you will redeem it, God. We pray that you will deliver it, God, because we know that you are a God who knows how to make a way.”
With every head in the stadium bowed in reverence for his invocation for healing, the devout Christian student continued.
“And in the name of Jesus, we declare and decree in the name of Jesus that whatever is going on shall be fixed, because you are a God who is a fixer,” Crawford prayed. “You are a God who is a healer. Jehovah God, Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-nissi, Jehovah-shiloh.” Then he concluded, simply saying, “Fix it, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
After his final “Amen,” students and parents began cheering and applauding Crawford’s courageous move. Many beamed with a grin of pride for what this student had done and the spirit he had invited into this secular occasion.
Another graduating student’s family member had fallen ill in the stands at the Cougar Stadium, while the event was underway, and needed urgent assistance, The Trussville Tribune reported.
Crawford came out in bold faith, praying to God for healing on behalf of a stranger conflicted with a condition he wasn’t aware of, but he knew all things are possible through God. He wasn’t concerned with offending atheists or catering to the non-believers, who may not have wanted God at the school event. He simply did what he had to do and what he knows to be true, blessing countless others in unexpected ways in the meantime.