September 24, 2019
See You at the Pole Tomorrow!
A small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990. They came seeking God and little did they know how powerfully He was about to move. On Saturday night, their hearts were penetrated like never before, when they became broken before God and burdened for their friends. Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night. Not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. Those students had no idea how God would use their obedience.
God used what He did among those teenagers and others who were holding similar prayer meetings at their schools to birth a vision in the hearts of youth leaders across Texas. The vision was that students throughout Texas would follow these examples and meet at their school flagpoles to pray simultaneously. The challenge 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.
Only God had envisioned how many students would step up to the challenge. At 7:00 a.m. on September 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states to pray before the start of school. Reports came into a toll-free number for days after the first event.
God is continuing to call His people to repentance and prayer. Countless inspiring testimonies of how He has used See You at the Pole to bring students to Christ and to change lives affirm God’s power to answer those who cry out to Him in humble dependence. Bible clubs, weekly prayer meetings, and other ministries have begun on campuses where students participated in See You at the Pole.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9; ESV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Dedicate your local schools to the Lord. Name them by name.
- Invite Him into the schools. He has been often rejected, starting with the removal of prayer in the schools.
- Welcome His truth, righteousness, love, and peace to permeate the atmosphere of the schools and the hearts of those that are there all day long.
- Declare that what is taught in our schools is constitutional and honors our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
- Pray for the students. Pray protection over them, including physical, emotional, and spiritual protection.
- Intercede for a sweeping move of salvations and baptisms in His Holy Spirit.
- Commit to stand alongside the students as they lead the way in prayer and evangelism in their schools.
A prayer you can pray:
Today, in the name of Jesus, we dedicate our schools to You. As students, parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, and the watchmen of the nation we ask that You would be the Lord over our schools: from our preschools to elementary and middle schools to our high schools. We also dedicate all homeschools and private schools to You. We invite You, Lord, and the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit into every classroom in our city and state. We say that You are welcome in our schools and we open the door to Your transforming Presence. We welcome Your truth and righteousness into our curriculum. We invite Your love and peace into the atmosphere of our schools. We pray that what is taught in our schools is constitutional and that the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion will be upheld and protected in our classrooms. We declare that teachers and administrators will not be antagonistic toward any students or other teachers and administrators who uphold Christian values. Give every student the opportunity this school year to hear the message of Your love and salvation. Father God, we commit to come alongside our young people and support them as they engage in fervent prayer for their schools today in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Bridgebuilders)
Let America’s students find You and fulfill their God-given destinies!
Learn more about See You at the PoleTM here.
Learn more about BridgeBuilders and their prayer resources here.