Issue 576 – Federal Branches

Praying for Our Leaders in Government

Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a new rule that rescinds in part a “conscience” rule introduced during President Trump’s administration that has been struck down several times in court. The rule allows healthcare workers to refuse to perform or provide certain medical procedures due to their religious beliefs.

The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has acknowledged, in a letter to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, that “could no longer find records on immigrants in Alternatives to Detention that they had previously released” wearing electronic monitoring devices. 

Pray for officials in the administration as they enter the new year as they evaluate security at the border and immigration issues. 

Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives in Congress

Representative Bryan Steil of Wisconsin, a member of the House Administration Committeesaid that “our federal agencies should never be utilized for partisan, political purposes.” He is preparing to investigate the administration’s all-of-government effort to get out the vote under President Biden’s March 2021 executive order. 

Representative Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin has called for a nationwide ban on Tik Tok calling it “digital fentanyl.” Since it is effectively controlled by the CCP, he said, “We have to ask whether we want the CCP to control what is on the cusp of becoming the most powerful media company in America.” 

Pray for the newest members of Congress as they adapt to the Washington culture. 

Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges

“The current crisis is not a COVID crisis,” Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch said in his vote to lift Title 42. “Courts should not be in the business of perpetuating administrative edicts designed for one emergency only because elected officials have failed to address a different emergency,” he wrote. “We are a court of law, not policymakers of last resort.” 

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wrote of the threats to the physical safety of federal judges in his year-end report. “We must support judges by ensuring their safety. A judicial system cannot and should not live in fear,” he said. 

Pray for the safety of judges across the country, many of whom and their families have been threatened over rulings the courts have made. 

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