Issue 503 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Gary Gensler, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, urged Congress to give him more authority to fight fraud, scams, and abuse in the cryptocurrency market. He said congressional action is needed to close regulatory gaps and said legislators should focus on cryptocurrency trading, lending, and decentralized finance platforms.

Climate Envoy John Kerry said natural gas is “not anything near a long-term solution” to help address climate change even while it can help replace coal in certain nations in the near future. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm maintains that shipping U.S. liquified natural gas abroad can play an important role in replacing coal, especially in Asia.

Pray for wisdom for the leaders of America’s federal agencies, that their actions would best serve the nation now and into the future.

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

A group of 75 House Democrats called on the president to fulfill his promise of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In a letter, they urged him to “take the steps necessary to finally close the prison… once and for all.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said that access to abortion was “about the functioning of our Democracy,” and that “right-wing extremists” were trying to keep people from voting in order to impose their views about the issue on the entire nation. Making decisions for yourself is “part of the heart” of democracy, she said. “Both voting and access to abortion are… about the protection of personal autonomy,” Senator Warren stated. “Protection of the vote means your voice gets heard in government. Protection of access to basic health care means your autonomy as a human being is fully respected by the law. That you will make the decisions about yourself.” 

Pray for members of Congress as views about the personal rights that are protected by the Constitution are debated.

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

A federal judge rejected a request by activists to block construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park saying the activists “have not met the standard for injunctive relief on their federal claims and [the court] accordingly denies their motion for preliminary injunction.”

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee denied the request by the president’s administration to stop a farmer’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s loan forgiveness program based on race.

Pray for America’s judges as they are hearing more cases regarding race and discrimination.

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