Seth Udinski, FISM News
On Sept. 22, high school students, parents, teachers, principals, and local youth pastors gathered on school campuses throughout the country for an annual event of Christian unity known as “See You At The Pole.”
Every year in mid-September, students who love and follow Jesus Christ gather at the American flag pole outside their school buildings before the school day begins to go before the Lord in prayer. The annual event is a student-initiated, student-led event that began in 1990 in Texas with a group of students who wanted to begin their school year in prayer. The local movement quickly grew into a national initiative.
After many gatherings were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic lockdowns, students and staff reunited on Wednesday morning for prayer.
People from all over the world took part in See You at the Pole today. THANK YOU to all of those who participated. We pray that God performs miracles through your obedience. #syatp pic.twitter.com/3sk94iBvLp
— See You At The Pole (@SeeYouAtThePole) September 22, 2021
See you at the pole this morning was AMAZING with a total of 162 students! Thank you to everyone who brought food and to all the parents who helped out tremendously. God is so good!! pic.twitter.com/7jdAbBTOTJ
— ACFCA (@AC_FCA_) September 23, 2021
American Christian leaders, including Rev. Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse, showed their support and encouragement for the faithful students.
Tomorrow, Wed, 9/22, is See You At The Pole! Students across the US will gather at school flagpoles before classes for prayer. Spread the word and I hope many will go to school early to pray for their friends, teachers, school, and nation. #SYATP pic.twitter.com/23czSp4BWu
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) September 21, 2021
A group of students in Florida who are part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) program at their local public school shared their specific prayer requests on social media. They said,
We prayed over our school, our community, our state, and our country. We prayed over students who are going through things we will never understand. We prayed over an amazing student going through surgery this morning. We prayed over being a light through the hallways of this campus.
The is an incredible encouragement for Christians. In the midst of a secular revolution outside the church and numerous polls revealing theological weakness among young people within the church, young people gathering for prayer on secular campuses shows that there are still some who love Christ and believe in the supernatural power of prayer. They are making a bold stance at a young age, echoing Paul’s words in Romans 1:16:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.