Issue 524 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Twelve of 19 federal agencies received a failing grade on a calendar transparency report card issued by a public accountability watchdog group. The agencies were graded on the accessibility, quality, completeness, and timeliness of their meeting calendars. The Environmental Protection Agency was the only agency to receive an A. The Departments of Labor and Defense received B grades, while the Departments of Education, Treasury, and State received a C. The Department of the Interior was originally given a D, but was bumped up to a C after a for-publication calendar gap was filled. 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken named Rina Amil, a former government adviser who criticized the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, as a special envoy for Afghan women, girls, and human rights. 

Pray for President Biden and members of his administration as they prepare to begin their second year of his term. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas said the U.S. is “falling behind” in its pivotal space race with China. “It’s to our advantage to do everything to see that, for at least the things we determine to be significantly important, we achieve as quickly as possible and hopefully before our adversaries do.” 

Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas said the federal government should be using FEMA resources to bolster testing sites and open new ones. He stated, “They should be using our resources to increase those supply chains to get those monoclonal antibodies out to people faster.” 

Pray for wisdom for members of Congress as they they consider the issues and challenges facing the nation. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

A federal judge has barred the Department of Defense from punishing a group of Navy SEALS for refusing to get vaccinated on religious grounds. He granted a preliminary injunction in response to a lawsuit filed for 35 unnamed Navy SEALS after they have received disciplinary measures for seeking a religious exemption to the military vaccine mandate by President Biden’s administration. 

A federal district judge has denied an attempt from the State of Oklahoma to block the Department of Defense’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for its National Guard members, saying the state’s claims were “without merit.” 

Pray for judges hearing cases in federal courts regarding the vaccine mandates and for the Supreme Court justices as they prepare a final determination as to the constitutionality of the mandates. 

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