Issue 523 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

President Biden has officially endorsed changing Senate rules to allow voting rights legislation to pass around the filibuster. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president “is prepared to support changes to the filibuster if that’s the only thing standing in the way of getting [voting rights legislation] done.” 

The Department of Energy announced a new office devoted to renewable energy demonstration projects, funded by the recently signed bipartisan infrastructure law. Energy Secretary Jennifer Graholm said stated they intend to “move clean energy technologies out of the lab and into local and regional economies across the country, proving the value of technologies that can deliver for communities, businesses, and market.” 

Pray for discernment for the president and members of his Cabinet as they continue to deal with a divided Congress and the coronavirus. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas warned that changing Senate rules around the filibuster will not help the country and goes against majority support of American voters. He said the president and partisans are “preparing to change Senate rules forever so they can get through a bill—the Corrupt Politicians Act—that would gut voter ID laws that 80% of Americans support. This corrupt power grab could be catastrophic for our country.” 

The leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has called on President Biden to use his executive power to implement parts of the Build Back Better agenda after the bill stalled out in the Senate this month. 

Pray for members of Congress as they deal with divisiveness, and for the election that will be held next November as the resignations of congressional members from both sides of the aisle may change the balance of power. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments on January 7 on cases to do with vaccine mandates, including the president’s vaccine or testing mandate for private businesses with 100 or more employees and the mandate on healthcare workers. 

The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments January 7 on the Texas law that is one of the nation’s most restrictive on abortions. Earlier this month the Supreme Court declined to block enforcement of the law, allowing abortion providers in the state to proceed with their legal challenge. 

Pray for the members of these two courts as they hear these cases on January 7, either of which could have long-lasting effects on the nation. 

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