Student interrupts high school graduation to pray for a sick young woman


By Michal Ortner

On Thursday night, a Clay-Chalkville High School graduation ceremony was underway just like any other year when a medical emergency took place in the stands. As a young woman was experiencing the effects of a seizure in the seating area, one of the graduates stepped to the podium to pray for her.

Christian Crawford, the class president, was sitting among the faculty members when a teacher, Shannon Petty, gave him permission to step forward to the podium for prayer.

“She asked me could I pray.” Crawford said of Petty.

“I said ‘Lord, let your will be done, and I stated opening my mouth,” he explained.

“Everybody can I have your attention real quick?” Crawford spoke into the microphone.

“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,” he said to the crown of nearly 1,000 people.

“Father God, we thank you for this day, Lord. We pray right now that whatever is going on, you will fix it, God. 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,” Crawford prayed.

“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. You are a God who is a healer. Jehovah God, Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-nissi, Jehovah-shiloh. Fix it, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen,” he finished.

After his prayer, the crowd erupted in applause for the young man’s willingness to step up as a leader in a traumatic and tense situation.

Principle Michael Lee was in the stands, helping to attend to the girl having complications. When he saw Crawford stepping forward, he says that he was not troubled.

“A lot of times you may feel nervous as a principal when a student steps to the mic impromptu like that,” said Lee. “But when I saw it was Christian, I knew there was nothing to be concerned about. If I had 1,400 Christian Crawfords walking the hall, this would be a better place.”

Crawford doesn’t take credit for the words that he spoke at his graduation. “I’m glad the video has gotten this far. But it’s all to God be the glory. If God is not getting the glory, then this whole thing is in vain,” he said.


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