Issue 504 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan defended the administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan while acknowledging that the country fell to the Taliban much quicker than officials anticipated. He said part of the reason for the speed of collapse “is because that at the end of the day, despite the fact we spent 20 years and tens of billions of dollars to give the best equipment, the best training and the best capacity to the Afghan national security forces, we could not give them the will and they ultimately decided that they would not fight for Kabul and they would not fight for the country.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told border patrol agents, “A couple of days ago I was down in Mexico, and I said look, you know, if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable. … We can’t continue like this, our people in the field can’t continue and our system isn’t built for it.”

Pray for administration officials as they evaluate the results of international and domestic policies.

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

After more than 3,000 fake COVID vaccination cards from China were seized by federal agents, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said the government should investigate the sale of counterfeit vaccination cards and launch an information campaign to stress that buying a card can lead to prison time. “This is illegal, you could actually go to prison for buying these,” he said. “The Department of Justice must ensure that fraud cases are prosecuted to the full extent of the law against those manufacturing and selling fake COVID cards.”

A group of senators led by Ted Cruz of Texas has called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on the nursing home deaths in Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, saying that congressional oversight is “needed to ensure the protection of seniors’ civil rights.”

Pray for members of both the House and Senate as they are on August recess.

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected an emergency petition made by students of Indiana University to block a mandate for vaccines the college has imposed for the coming semester. The appeal request marks the first time a COVID-19 vaccine mandate reached the Supreme Court.

A federal judge has ordered President Biden’s administration to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy of the previous administration. The judge found that the president’s termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols did not comply with the Administrative Procedure Act.

Pray for America’s judges and justices to focus on the law without being influenced by politics.

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