Waxahachie Global High School students joined thousands of others from around the world as they gathered around the school's flagpole in honor of the annual See You at the Pole (SYATP) event.
Global students led the entire service, from preparing a pancake breakfast to the morning's devotion, which was presented by Jason Rosenberger, a senior at the school. He said that SYATP is a time for students to come together to meet and pray for their school, teachers, community and government.
This year's verse was taken from 2 Chronicles 7:14, which reads, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Rosenberger instructed those in attendance that the Lord was speaking to Solomon during the time that he had completed the building of the temple in Jerusalem. He felt it was importance for members of the audience to understand the importance of what was taking place and the words God chose to use.
“As we talk about this verse, is prayer a daily routine in your life or is it a last resort,” Rosenberger said as he addressed the student body. “While you think about that let's talk about the current condition of our nation.”
He said that as a country people have turned from following God. He said there is widespread failure to obey God's commands or live by Biblical principles.
“We face economic struggles, natural disasters, terrorists threats and the breakdown of families,” Rosenberger said. “We as Christians should be motivated to pray for our country and its citizens. You may be asking what does it take for God to hear and answer our prayers?”
He said the answer to this question can be found in 2 Chronicles.
“To answer that let's look back at our reading in 2 Chronicles,” he said. “We must acknowledge that we are totally dependent on the Lord and need him to intervene for us in these situations. As God's children, we have the unique privilege of approaching the father and asking him for favor and blessings.”
He added that those students who consider themselves to be Christians at WGH should talk to God about the needs that exist in the school, including teachers, students the surrounding community and country.
“We should pray for our government,” Rosenberger encouraged. “We should pray for revival and strong marriages, for Godly parenting and honest capable leaders.”
Rosenberger said that God has conditioned that he will respond to the prayers of his people if they will obey his word.
As he continued with the devotion, Rosenberger felt the need to breakdown the meaning of the word wicked. He said it includes all deliberate, willful disobedience to God's word; not just violent crimes such as murder.
“If we want our prayers to be heard we must not only confess our sins, but repent from them as well,” he said. “In other words, we should disagree with wrong doings and stop doing those things ourselves”
He continued by saying that in today's difficult circumstances, believers should be highly motivated to follow these instructions and bring their request before God.
“If we follow these instructions we can be confident that he desires to work on our behalf and that he will hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land,” he said. “This is an awesome truth.”
Rosenberger concluded his speech by challenging the students to make prayer a part of their daily routine, not just an annual event.
In addition to Rosenberger addressing the student body, Kyle Robinson, Madison Warren, Chrystal Lile and Dylan Vargas formed a praise and worship team in an effort to lead the student body in worship to God, and junior Joe Cloud operated the sound equipment.
See You at the Pole is a global student prayer event for the next generation to connect with God as a united body, praying for the school, country, and the world in need of Christ. It is an annual gathering of Christian students of all ages at a flagpole in front of their local school for prayer, scripture-reading and hymn-singing, during the early morning before school starts.
The American SYATP events occur on every fourth Wednesday of September. The events began in 1990, in the United States, where public schools cannot sponsor prayers and some Christians see public schools as hostile to Christian students. It has grown by word of mouth, announcements at youth rallies and churches, and the Internet and now occurs internationally. In 2005, more than two million students in the U.S. participated in the event.
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