Issue 553 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against some of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. along with a proposed settlement seeking to end what it claims have been deceptive and abusive practices against workers. “These poultry processors stifled competition and harmed a generation of plant workers who face demanding and sometimes dangerous conditions to earn a living,” said Doha Mekki, the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland declared that no one is off limits from the Department of Justice’s inquiry into the January 6 capitol riot. “No person is above the law in this country,” he said. “I can’t say it more clearly than that.” 

Pray for Attorney General Garland and all who work in the Justice Department that they uphold the law as outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a resolution recognizing Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide. Senators Jim Risch of Idaho and Ben Cardin of Maryland led the resolution that supports the U.S. and the international community putting an end to the violence and holding perpetrators responsible. 

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas introduced legislation that would use COVID-19 education-related funding to improve the security at schools across the U.S. Called the Protect Our Children’s Schools Act, it is a companion bill to one introduced in the House by Representative Randy Weber, also of Texas.   

Pray for members of the House and Senate as they consider both foreign and domestic matters. 


Senator Patty Murray of Washington, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, said she is concerned by the state of the U.S. monkeypox response. She has asked Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to brief the committee on how HHS is currently responding and, specifically, how the department is applying lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The House Judiciary Committee moved a bill banning assault weapons forward in a 25-18 vote following an hours-long markup. It is unclear if the legislation has enough support to pass a floor vote, or if the Senate would vote it through. 

Pray for Congressional committee members who mark up pending legislation and the negotiations they engage in to accomplish that task. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

A three-judge panel of the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by a lower court to allow Georgia’s heartbeat law to go into effect immediately. Circuit Court Chief Judge William Pryor wrote that the ruling in the Dobbs case recently decided by the Supreme Court “makes clear no right to abortion exists under the Constitution, so Georgia may prohibit them.” 

A judge in a U.S. District Court in Colorado issued a temporary restraining order against the ban on so-called “assault weapons” recently enacted by the town of Superior, Colorado. The judge wrote, “the Court is unaware of historical precedent that would permit a governmental entity to entirely ban a type of weapon that is commonly used by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, whether in an individual’s home or in public.” 

Pray for U.S. federal judges who are dealing with controversial political matters to consider facts and law rather than public sentiment. 

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