During my freshman year of high school, a small group of kids in TX had decided to go pray at some area schools one night. They went and prayed for their friends and teachers at school during a weekend discipleship retreat they were having. I didn’t hear a thing about it. Why would I? It was just some kids a thousand mile away, praying for their schools like God was urging them to.
I may not have heard about it, living several states away, but God was up to something that I did hear about not long after that first year. Their little prayer time together became the epicenter of a movement of prayer that is still re-shaping lives and schools, not only in Texas, but around the world. Later that year, about 45,000 students in several different states met at their school flagpoles for the first See You At The Pole. This week, over two million students worldwide will take part in this time of prayer.
|“I am there with you.”
SYATP isn’t about taking a stand or some political agenda for forcing God back into schools. It’s not about staking a claim to anyone’s rights… It’s about the dependence of God’s people on Him. It’s about young people humbly begging Him to use them to reveal Himself to their generation. It’s about recognizing His powerful presence “where two or three are gathered…” It’s about depending on that powerful Presence to help us become what we’ve been created to be.
This Wednesday (the 28th) is the official day of See You At The Pole 2011. Take some time Wednesday morning to pray for students you know, for their teachers and administrators at their schools, and for the leaders of our communities. (If you’re a student, get to school early and meet the others at the flagpole to pray.) And listen with an open heart for His side of the prayer conversation. God used the obedience of a handful of school kids about 20 years ago to spark something that’s still burning bright. What will He do with yours?
Here at WestWay, we’re getting a number of community youth groups together that night at 7:00 to celebrate what Jesus is doing as His people converge to reveal Him to the world around us. If you’re in the area, you don’t want to miss it. (Our building is located at 1701 W. 27th St. here in Scottsbluff.)