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'Return. Restore. Revive.' Students Uniting for Wednesday's 'See You at the Pole' Annual Prayer Rally

09-22-2020
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In this image from 2019, students at Hays Elementary in Rockwall, Texas gather around the pole for prayer before school begins. (Photo Credit: Kristen Mitchell)

All over the world, students have been gathering around their schools' flagpoles, when possible, and virtually gathering online starting at 7:00 a.m. to pray for their schools, friends, families, churches, communities, and nations at the annual See You at the Pole (SYATP) event. 

According to the SYATP organization's website, it's just about one thing - prayer.  

This year, a livestream video has been available at 7:00 a.m. in each local US time zone (including Alaska and Hawaii). Students can participate in the Live Prayer Moment by accessing the livestream from the Campus Prayer app, the SYATP Facebook page, SYATP's YouTube channel, or SYATP.com

BELOW: You can participate in the See You At The Pole 2020 Livestream from the Central Time Zone

In the photo below from this morning, students from Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls were unable to pray at their school as campuses are closed, so they gathered at a local park and invited God into their school.


(Photo Courtesy: Yesenia Garcia-Barca) 

SYATP is a day that students are committed to global unity in Christ and interceding for their generation. In this 30th year of the event, there has never been a more important time to pray as students lead students in a biblical call to "RETURN. RESTORE. REVIVE." 


Students gather to pray in Mount Airy, Maryland in 2019. (Photo Courtesy: Michele Rennolds)

History 

See You at the Pole began in 1990 as a grassroots movement when a group of 10 teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a DiscipleNow weekend. Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night and went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. The prayer event was named See You at the Pole™ at a brainstorming session during a meeting of key youth leaders. The vision was shared with 20,000 students in June 1990 at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.

Now each year, an estimated one million students from all around the world participate in See You at the Pole. Students in more than 64 countries like Canada, Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the Ivory Coast are taking seriously the challenge to pray.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, "These Christian young people are leading the way by example in prayer for their schools, communities and the nation. Liberty Counsel is proud of and supports all students who exercise their constitutional right to pray during the annual See You at the Pole event and throughout the school year."

The First Amendment guarantees students the right to pray individually or in groups on school grounds during any non-instructional time. All students may express their opinions verbally or in writing before or after school, in between classes, during the lunch hour, or on the playing field, according to the federal guidelines on prayer in public schools found on Liberty Counsel's website.


In another photo from 2019, a student at SHABACH! Christian Academy in Glenarden, Maryland participates in the See You at the Pole event. (Photo Credit: Keisha Lewis)

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