Issue 539 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

The Interior Department will resume selling oil and gas leases on federal lands but is raising the fees companies must pay on what they produce. It is posting notices this week for the first onshore lease sales since President Biden froze the program soon after taking office, offering 144,000 acres. 

Dozens of federal agencies launched plans that focus on minority groups and other underserved communities, meant to open federal programs to more people and reduce racial disparities caused by government decisions. The plans are in response to an executive order issued by President Biden on his first day in office. 

Pray for the president and heads of administration agencies and departments as they make the decisions and implement programs each day. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland led a Congressional group to Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the border with Ukraine, while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California also led a group of legislators to Eastern Europe. 

Representative Lauren Bobert of Colorado sent a query to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra regarding his stance on transgender medical care, particularly for children following a hearing in which she discovered the federal government supports transgender reassignment surgeries for minors. 

Pray for legislators who are conducting fact-finding missions, whether abroad or at home. 


Minority party members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee once again visited the southern border to assess the ongoing crisis. They wrote in an op-ed, “All day and all night, people from more than 100 different countries illegally flood across our southern border. What one group witnessed… just happened to be in Yuma.” Committee member Andy Biggs of Arizona said the “open border policies are creating immense challenges for these officials and putting migrants in harm’s way. This madness must end.” In San Diego, they were told that migrant authorities apprehend approximately 500 illegal aliens every day. They urged Secretary Mayorkas to visit Yuma and San Diego. 

Pray for this committee and others as they take up the task of writing comprehensive immigration reform legislation. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Supreme Court ruled that federal courts cannot enforce or vacate arbitration awards under Sections 9 and 10 of the Federal Arbitration Act, unless they have an independent jurisdictional basis to consider the case. 

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the administrative scheme of the Federal Trade Commission, which could affect the structure and processes of many government agencies that could be exposed to the same constitutional challenges. 

Pray for the justices of the Supreme Court as they determine which cases they will take up and as they write opinions on the cases they have heard this year. 

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