Issue 547 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to forge a path toward peace and unity, putting the request out there on Russia Day, which celebrates the end of the communist Soviet Union bloc and the beginning of that nation’s democracy. 

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said “this summer is going to be tough” for drivers due to record-high gas prices, which are already over $5 per gallon on the national average. She had previously been dismissive of a question regarding Americans’ concerns about fuel prices. 

Pray that members of the administration would seek wise counsel as they deal with both foreign and domestic matters. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

The House of Representatives passed a bill 396-27 to increase security for Supreme Court justices’ immediate families, approving a measure that had been passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on May 9. The vote comes after a man was arrested for plotting to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh and protesters demonstrated outside the homes of conservative justices following the leak of a draft opinion in a high-profile abortion case.

Senators Jacky Rosen of Nevada and Todd Young of Indiana want to improve the security of medical devices and potentially save lives. The Strengthening Cybersecurity for Medical Devices Act was introduced last week which would task the Food and Drug Administration with regularly updating new cyber security guidelines for the identified machines’ requirements. 

Pray with gratitude that the House passed improved security for Supreme Court justices and their families.


A subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee charged with superpower and projection forces unveiled its portion of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act preparing it for mark-up. The panel supports President Biden’s Navy shipbuilding plan and also approves the administration’s intent to retire 19 Navy vessels. 

The House committee investigating January 6 protest and incursion at the U.S. Capitol is continuing its focus on the efforts of then-President Donald Trump to question the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. The committee alleges his actions encouraged the events. 

Pray for committee and subcommittee members to wisely focus on the needs and well-being of the country. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

A federal court judge ruled against President Biden’s administration in a lawsuit brought by Texas and Louisiana over the administration’s releasing “criminal illegal aliens” into the U.S. instead of deporting them. The judge said the policy was “arbitrary and capricious, contrary to law, and failing to observe procedure under the Administrative Procedure Act.” 

The Supreme Court cleared the way for election officials in Pennsylvania to count mail-in ballots whose envelopes are missing a handwritten date as required by law. The disputed ballots relate to a contested 2021 judicial election, but the broader legal battle over requirements for mailed ballots could have implications for future elections in the state, including the upcoming midterms. 

Pray for the Supreme Court justices as they continue to release decisions at the end of this term. 

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