Issue 512 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

President Biden met with G20 leaders in a virtual meeting this week to discuss counterterrorism measures, humanitarian aid, and human rights issues in Afghanistan. The need for safe passage for those who are documented and desiring to leave that nation was also part of their discussion.

Treasury Secretary Yellen supports the new global corporate minimum tax that was agreed upon by over 130 nations. She expressed the hope that Congress will include the measure in the reconciliation budget bill.

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

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

It’s time to take UFOs seriously, Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona said, pushing through legislation in the House requiring a permanent office under the Secretary of Defense to “oversee the timely and consistent reporting” of what the military calls “unidentified aerial phenomena.” Gallego is an Iraq war veteran and he chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations. 

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has expressed concern about federal spending and the future of the country. He stated, “In 2020, our national debt was nearly 130% of our GDP. In 2019, it was 108%. This is how rapid federal spending is right now. This is about where Greece was financially when that country declared bankruptcy and was unable to pay its bills.”

Pray for members of Congress as they consider legislation, that they will vote in the best interests of the country and the people.  

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

A federal appeals court overrode a lower court’s order and has preserved the administration’s ability to use Title 42 policy for removing migrant families arriving at the southern border. Title 42 is a part of the U.S. public health code that allows the government to prevent the introduction of individuals during certain public health emergencies. 

A federal appeals court heard oral arguments on a case over what constitutional rights should be afforded to detainees held at Guantanamo Bay and the efforts of the president’s administration to close the military prison. One Yemeni man has been held at the site for nearly twenty years without charges. His attorneys argue that violates the Constitutions’ Due Process Clause. 

Pray for the nation’s appellate court judges whose rulings are often upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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