Students – Stepping Into God’s Presence Through [ Logos ]
Article by Johny Davilmar, Chaplain, Bahamas Academy. Presented in the Logos for March 9, 2017
Prayer Prayer in a school setting often looks like an exercise in foolishness. But that’s faith. Faith is the willingness to look foolish. Elijah looked foolish by calling upon the name of God to burn the offering after he said three times, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood”
Prayer in a school setting often looks like an exercise in foolishness. But that’s faith. Faith is the willingness to look foolish.
Elijah looked foolish by calling upon the name of God to burn the offering after he said three times, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood”; but the result speaks for itself. Not only did God answer Elijah's prayer but the Bible says, ‘when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, He is God.”’ 1 Kings.18:20-40
At Bahamas Academy school, throughout the day we call upon the name of God through prayer. One of the most encouraging promises in all the Bible ensures us, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need" (Hebrews. 4:16). This promise makes plain the fact that God has appointed a way by which we are to obtain mercy and grace, and that way is prayer.
A day of prayer is a necessity and an experience which plays a vital role in the spiritual well-being of both students and staff at the school. It is fascinating to hear great testimonies of what the Lord has done in the lives of many students. The whole school is engaged during chapel and in the classroom. They are able to confess and cry out to God for the Holy Spirit and sing praises to Him for His goodness and leading. It has always been a transformational experience.
Ellen G. White posits, “Prayer Keeps us in God's Power — (Message to Youth People Page 248.)
This is a fact, for the greatest chapters in the life of the school could only happen because of earnest prayer.
Sometimes we neglect what’s more essential—sufficient quiet time with God in prayer. Hence, we cheat ourselves out of the richest experiences God has to offer. A day of prayer encourages students to begin their prayer adventure and to help them set their priorities through the aid of the Holy Spirit.
Our goal from the Chaplaincy Services Department of Bahamas Academy is to facilitate an atmosphere where the students can see Jesus and feel free to cast all their burdens, anxieties and fears at the cross; for burdens are lifted at Calvary.
“Cast your burden on the Lord...He shall sustain you”. (Palms. 55:22 ) Our main objective will remain to spend quality and intimate time with God. For David encouraged us in this when he said, "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalms 37:4 KJV)
Jesus is coming again. Through Prayer we are alerted with a clear spirit of discernment of the signs of the time that is going on right before our eyes. We are all challenged to begin living a life of prayer, and to stay in readiness for Christ’ soon coming.
March 13, 2019 will be recognized as a Day of Prayer in our Seventh-day Adventist Educational Institutions around the world.
Johny Davilmar, Chaplain, Bahamas Academy.