“Humble Yourself in the Eyes of the Lord”: Powerful Images from Student Prayer Gatherings “See you soon at the Pole”

Students from around the world gathered around school flag poles on Wednesday to boldly seek God together.

They were participating in the 21st annual “See you soon at the Pole” (SYATP) Prayer Gathering where students come together before school to lift their friends, families, teachers and nation to God. It is an event initiated, organized by students and led by students.

The event involves students from elementary schools, middle / high schools, high schools and colleges / universities across the country and around the world.

According to the SYATP organization’s website, it’s just one thing: prayer. The theme of the event this year is a Bible verse found in the New Testament:

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. “– James 4:10

Beginning in 1990 as a grassroots movement, the student-led event has spread to over 64 countries with over one million participants.

The event is part of a series of weeklong events and this year’s theme is “Just Pray”.

There is no sponsor for the SYATP event. A diverse mix of about 100 faiths, nonprofit ministries, and other organizations are listed as “Support Ministries” that promote, endorse, or otherwise support student prayer gathering.

Here is a small sample of images from the many SYATP events that have been posted on social media. Some student groups even posted their local prayer event live on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram.

Some Christian schools have even incorporated music into their local event, such as the one at the First Baptist School in Brownsville, Texas.

Students from Gravette High School in Gravette, Arkansas, closed their local prayer event with a verse from “Amazing Grace.”

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) students at Winfield High School and Hurricane Middle School in Putnam County, West Virginia posted their student-led prayer event on Twitter.

Even the bad weather did not stop the students from praying. This image is from the SYATP of Central Noble Jr. and Sr. High School located in Albion, Indiana.

Here is an image of students attending their local Pole Prayer Gathering Before School at Walt Disney Elementary School in Alvin, Texas.

Lucy Abeyta, a math teacher and track coach at Sun Ridge Middle School in El Paso, Texas, posted these images from their Pole Prayer event.

Suzanne Young, a grade 5 and 6 teacher from Piedmont, posted photos from their student prayer rally in Piedmont, Oklahoma.

Jonathan Skinner, a reporter for WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, tweeted this image of students praying at the pole at Oak Mountain Middle School.

The First Baptist Church in Augusta, Kansas tweeted an image of students from Augusta High School attending the prayer rally.

The Forest High School FCA group in Ocala, Florida posted an image of their prayer event on Instagram.

Allison Sandridge also posted these images from the student prayer event at Foyil Public School located in Foyil, Oklahoma.

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