Issue 557 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Vice President Kamala Harris will chair the National Space Council meeting on September 9 where they will discuss a partnership between regulatory agencies and the private sector. She has pledged a “new rules framework” for the near future, saying present rules are “just simply outdated. They were written for a space industry of the last century.” 

President Biden announced that his administration will forgive $10,000 in federal student loan debt per individual, a move that would provide relief for tens of millions of American borrowers. The plan covers borrowers making less than $125,000 a year.

Pray for administration officials as they make decisions that have long-term implications for the American public. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia introduced a measure that would make it a felony to provide gender-affirming medical care including puberty blockers and hormones to transgender youth under age 18. The bill would also prohibit using federal funds for gender-affirming health care, including in Affordable Healthcare Act plans, and prohibit colleges and universities from offering instruction on such care. 

Representative Gregory Meeks of New York said he and the delegation that traveled to Taiwan with Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not let Beijing and Chinese President Xi Jinping dictate the actions taken by Congress. “We’re not going to allow Beijing and Xi to tell members of Congress what to do, who could visit, when [they can] and cannot visit,” he said. 

Pray for members of Congress on the August recess, as they travel, campaign for re-election, or just spend time with their families. 


Members of the House Judiciary Committee are requesting information from federal law enforcement over the practice of gathering citizen data through private data sets.  They have sent a letter to Attorney General Garland, the leaders of the FBI and ICE, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies about data practices and their data policies. 

The House Oversight Committee is investigating threats made against federal law enforcement on social media. Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney of New York, along with others, sent letters to social media companies stating they should take “immediate action to address any threats of violence against law enforcement” on their platforms, and asking whether there has been a “change in the nature or specificity of these threats.” The probe comes after an attack on an FBI building in Cincinnati and the arrest of a Pennsylvania man for making threats against the FBI. 

Pray for members of congressional committees as they go about their investigatory work. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

A U.S. District Court judge ordered Starbucks to reinstate seven employees in Memphis who were fired earlier this year after leading an effort to unionize their store. Starbucks will also be required to post the court order in the Memphis store. 

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out an injunction that halted the pause on new oil and gas leasing by President Biden’s administration, sending the case back to a lower court for further proceedings. The appeals court said the injunction did not make clear what exactly the administration is and is not allowed to do. 

Pray for wisdom and discernment for America’s federal judges and justices. 

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