The annual See You at the Pole prayer movement convened on Wednesday as students gathered around their school’s flagpole for a time of prayer.
“THANK YOU! We are blown away by how See You at the Pole 2023 went! We give God all the glory and pray that He starts a movement out of this moment. We hope you are all encouraged and determined to see more regular prayer in your schools! It starts with YOU #syatp”, the ministry wrote on Facebook.
See You Are The Pole, which takes place on the fourth Wednesday of September, consists of students running from elementary school to college gathering together in prayer. Adults can also join in during the time of prayer. During this year’s 34th annual event, the theme centered around Jeremiah 29:13.
Doug Clark, national field director for the National Network of Youth Ministries, which is connected with SYATP, told The Christian Post regarding the “special meaning” of the verse.
In this chapter, Clark noted that people tend to cite Jeremiah 29:11, which states: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“But in the context of that, God says through Jeremiah, ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart,’” Clark said, quoting verse 23.
He further explained that he interpreted the verse as a condition to God’s promise in verse 11 about the future.
“But in the context, there’s a question: Are you seeking me with your whole heart?” Clark said. “So, the theme this year is ‘wholehearted.’ We want to challenge students to see God with their whole hearts.”
See You at the Pole began on Sept. 12, 1990, in which 45,000 teenagers participated. Over the years, Clark says that the prayer movement is “building momentum,” as seen in an increase of people requesting resources both this year and last year. Additionally, youth groups, various denominations, and organizations, including Youth for Christ, are helping to promote the event.
“I think I can confidently say that there will be students praying in all 50 states,” he said.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.
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