ABILENE, Texas -

The groups gather together around 7 a.m. before the school day until the bell rings.

Abilene High and Wylie High school student gathered around their respective flagpoles before sunrise to join hands and pray Wednesday.

The group of Christians participated in a movement that started more than 20 years ago in Burleson, south of Fort Worth. This collective mission of prayer has now spread to 50 states and 20 countries worldwide.

"The bible says for young people to set the example." Life Church Student Life Leader Dominique Black said.

Students play music, sing worship songs, take prayer requests and break off into small groups.

"This school needs a little hope," Abilene High student and youth prayer leader Rebecca Fuentes said. "Every school needs something that they can rely on and we can be that backbone for them."

"Even if you're shy, you can still come out and hide in the middle, nobody will see you," Black said.

Holding hands around the United States flagpole, the message the students sent is unity and boldness.

Black said, "He was bold for us, so we have to be bold for him."

"We're open, we're welcoming and we're living and we just want every body to be apart of that love," Wylie High school student John Dolan said.

The students say it's not easy to come out to the open campus and pray together, publicly.

"I might get some looks, but it's alright because it's for a good cause and its for God," Fuentes said.

Fuentes said, there's no method or formula to participate.

"It doesn't have to be like prayer saying 'oh God, Jesus thank you," Fuentes said "It's like thank you, God. You're so good. It's a conversation. He's like your best friend."