Issue 552 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen spoke critically of Moscow during a meeting that included a top Russian minister and other officials from the Group of 20 (G20) nations. She asserted that Russian officials shared “responsibility for the innocent lives lost” in Russia’s war against Ukraine. “I condemn Russia’s brutal and unjust war in the strongest possible terms,” she said. 

The Department of Justice announced the creation of a new reproductive rights task force intended to protect abortion access and enforce federal laws on reproduction rights in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Pray for the members of the president’s Cabinet and the decisions they are making in support of the president’s agenda. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to explain why the Department of Justice has yet to enforce a federal law prohibiting intimidation of Supreme Court Justices. Senator Cruz said, “18 U.S.C. section 507 criminalizes any attempt to influence a judge in the exercise of his or her duties by picketing them at their home. Congress passed this law to allow judges at every level of the judiciary the freedom to exercise their judicial power free from outside influence or intimidation.” 

Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado introduced a community policing bill meant to address the rise in violent crime in his state and across the nation. The legislation, known as the SMART Community Policing Act, would provide funding for collaborative partnerships among law enforcement, health professionals, case managers, and outreach teams to improve public safety and connect people with health services. 

Pray for members of the Senate as they conduct both oversight and legislative obligations. 


Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona has called on the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to hold hearings into the 2020 election fraud allegations made in the documentary film 2000 Mules. He said that the film was “extremely troubling” and its claims “must be investigated.” 

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing this week to examine the role of tax incentives in affordable housing. They heard testimony from housing and community services organizers, the National Association of Homebuilders, professors of economics, and others who deal with financing affordable housing. 

Pray for committee chairpersons as they have the authority to accept or reject suggestions for investigations and hearings. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

A federal judge in Tennessee stopped a directive issued by President Biden’s administration that would have permitted transgender students and workers to use bathrooms that match their preferred gender identity. The temporary injunction can be resolved later within the court calendar. 

The justices of the Supreme Court will hear a case regarding the definition of wetlands under the Clean Water Act. A couple who bought two-thirds of an acre of land near Priest Lake in Idaho nearly 20 years ago has been barred from building a vacation home on the property.

Pray for the federal judges and justices as they interpret the law and Constitution in their rulings.

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