Issue 572 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that a new partnership will launch outdoor education centers in Tribal communities, including the Coeur d’Alene Reservation. Known as the Office of Strategic Partnership, they will create outdoor multipurpose centers where education, physical activity, native languages, and cultural heritage can be combined. 

The Department of Homeland Security released a warning of a “heightened threat environment” in the upcoming holidays. “Lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances continue to pose a persistent and lethal threat to the homeland,” officials said. 

Pray for wisdom in decision-making by President Biden and his Cabinet Secretaries. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Senate minority members say that support for the National Defense Authorization Act will be withheld until the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for members of the military is lifted. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said there will be no NDAA vote “unless we have a vote on ending this military vaccine mandate.” 

The incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Representative James Comer of Kentucky, said an investigation is being planned into the “hundreds of billions, if not trillions” of fraud in the pandemic stimulus. 

Pray for members of Congress as they review the many amendments that have been attached to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed that challenges the constitutionality of election laws, regulations, policies, and procedures of California. The groups, whose standing was affirmed after being challenged, are alleging the state has weakened or removed integrity from the election process. 

The Supreme Court is allowing a hold to remain in place on President Biden’s student loan forgiveness program. The justices will hear oral arguments on the program in February. Several U.S. Courts of Appeal have blocked the program calling it executive overreach, something that belongs within the purview of Congress. The president’s administration has appealed those rulings. 

Pray for the Supreme Court Justices who continue to decide whether to accept certain appeals or let lower court rulings stand. 

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