Issue 544 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the United States does not have legal authority to seize Russian central bank assets frozen due to its invasion of Ukraine, but talks with U.S. partners over ways to make Russia foot the bill for Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction have begun. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland met with Justice Department and Supreme Court officials to discuss security for the court’s justices following the release of a draft opinion that showed the court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. The conversation revolved around how to enhance coordination as well as intelligence sharing and technical support for judicial security. “The rise of violence and unlawful threats of violence directed at those who serve the public is unacceptable and dangerous to our democracy,” the attorney general said. 

Pray for wisdom for those who serve the president as members of his Cabinet. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky plan to present a resolution that will urge President Biden’s administration to rush the paperwork for Finland and Sweden to join NATO and to call on fellow NATO members to swiftly complete their own ratification processes. 

Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is asking the Senate bipartisan energy and climate talks to prioritize domestic battery production—and make it easier to mine critical minerals at home. A spokesperson for the senator said she “remains laser-focused on an all-of-the-above energy approach.” She is reportedly working on an energy package with Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. 

Pray for members of Congress as they address both foreign and domestic issues. 


During testimony by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Chairman Joe Manchin of West Virginia stated the oil and gas leasing policies of President Biden’s administration have “put America’s energy security at risk.” 

Pray for Congressional committee members as they conduct investigative work. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Supreme Court refused to take the case of several former national security officials arguing the government’s prepublication review requirements for their books violates their First Amendment rights The ruling upheld a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision from last year. 

Judge Daniel Traynor of the North Dakota U.S. District Court temporarily blocked the enforcement of two mandates from President Biden’s administration that would require both nonprofit and for-profit religious employers and health care providers to pay for and perform transgender medical procedures and counseling, even if the measures violate the employers’ or providers’ religious beliefs. 

Pray for the Supreme Court Justices as they conclude the current session and release many opinions on cases heard over the past year. 

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