Issue 511 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

President Biden’s administration is putting pressure on U.S. airlines to mandate all of their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, the same deadline set for federal contractors. The administration is using the federal contracts awarded to the airlines as justification for making their demand. 

In a meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council diplomats in New York, Secretary of State Antony Blinken affirmed America’s commitment to oil producers in the Persian Gulf amid ongoing tensions that exist in the Middle East. He stated the U.S. will protect its regional allies from external threats. 

Pray for discernment for administration officials as they make decisions, many of which will have long-lasting impact. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Sixteen senators led by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa are seeking answers from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin amid reports that hundreds of Afghan evacuees are departing U.S. military bases without completing the resettlement process. They warned that the security vetting procedures to clear Afghan evacuees “remain unclear and incomplete, and unless changed, are insufficient to preserve the safety of the American homeland.” 

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was joined with three other senators in sending a letter to President Biden and Secretary Blinken questioning them on “child brides” reported among Afghan refugees. “We write regarding credible reports that your administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan facilitated the transport and trafficking of child brides and other Afghan girls subject to sexual abuse by Afghan men… We are deeply concerned that your withdrawal has imported an acute human rights crisis to our country,” they wrote. 

Pray for members of Congress and their oversight roles as they address the Afghan evacuees and migrants who have entered through the southern border. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

A federal judge temporarily blocked a key aspect of a new Arizona abortion law hours before it was due to take effect. The legislation would have allowed felony charges to be leveled against physicians who knowingly terminate pregnancies solely due to genetic issues, such as Down syndrome, and anyone who helped fund such abortions. 

Abortion providers have asked the Supreme Court to consider taking up the case against a restrictive Texas abortion law sooner rather than later. A hearing is scheduled in a federal appeals court on that review in December. 

Pray for the Supreme Court Justices as lines are being drawn around abortion issues and protesters demonstrate before the Supreme Court building. 

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