Around two million students across the nation and overseas are expected to gather at their schools Wednesday to ask God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries.
Wednesday's "See You At The Pole" (SYATP) events will mark 20 years since the student-initiated and student-led movement started in the Ft. Worth suburb of Burleson, Texas, in 1990.
"For 20 years, we have seen this day serve as a springboard for unity for teenagers on their secondary and college campuses," commented Paul Fleischmann, president of the National Network of Youth Ministries, which coordinates SYATP promotion.
"Challenging youth to take leadership on their campus is always a good idea. It's important to remember that though it has a 20-year history, it's fresh to today's students," he added.
This year's theme, "Engage: Go and Pray," draws upon the first sentence that appears in 2 Kings 22:13, which records the words of King Josiah upon hearing from the Book of Law.
"Go and inquire of the LORD for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found," Josiah had ordered.
With this in mind, the hundreds of thousands who will be gathering Wednesday will pray to intercede for their leaders, their schools, and their families.
The prayer rallies take place at most schools at 7 a.m., before classes begin.