This year's student-led prayer rally saw thousands of students gather around their school's flagpoles early as 7:00 am.
September 25 marked this year's faith-based annual "See You at the Pole" prayer rally. According to Fox News, several Christian students from around the world took part in this holy service which was first introduced by a group of Texas students in 1990. Since then the student-led movement has turned into an annual event attracting one million students across America and many more in about 64 countries. Children across the globe take part in this prayer event on the fourth Wednesday in September every year.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 https://t.co/mIN7dHu0U0— The 700 Club (@700club) 25 September 2019
On Wednesday, students were seen gathering around their school's flagpoles early as 7:00 am to conduct their prayers reports CBN News. Some were seen standing in circles and holding hands as they said their prayers. Other gatherings included Bible reading, worship, and sharing, however, their main focus was simply praying. "It's not about making a statement. It's about prayer," said this year's promotion video. According to the outlet, the theme for the event was Bible verse from 2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
MUST SEE PHOTOS 'See You at the Pole': American Students Gathering to Pray Today https://t.co/VI5pdMK8M7— CBN News (@CBNNews) 25 September 2019
For King & Country singers Joel and Luke Smallbone promoted this holy event via a video."This has always been something that has been close to me and my heart because I've been able to see the power of prayer and to be able to see when school students get together and surround that flag and be able to pray together, something real significant takes place," said Luke Smallbone who participated in this prayer event as a kid.
The event which is a part of the Global Week of Student Prayer that is held from September 22 to September 28 saw many students including private and homeschooled ones coming together and joining their faith in this prayer session. Every group orchestrated this event in their own unique manner. Some planned their local events using tools that can be found on the SYATP website. Providing students some advice, the SYATP officials said, "You can legally gather for prayer before school, but it's best to let the administration know ahead of time."
As for next week, students have been encouraged to bring their God's Word along with them to school on Thursday, October 3. It's known as 'Bring Your Bible to School Day' which was promoted by Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints' quarterback. However, he was criticized by the LGBTQ+ community as Focus on the Family was sponsoring the event. This organization is infamous for its anti-gay stance, and promotes "conversion therapy".