February 8th – Wednesday

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Matthew 5:4

On this day in 1837, Richard Johnson was the first and only vice president to be elected by the U.S. Senate. In the 1836 election, Johnson was the nominee for vice president on the ticket with Martin Van Buren. Due to the inability of the Electoral College to agree on one of the 4 vice presidential candidates, the Senate exercised the 12th Amendment and voted Johnson into office. During his four years as vice president, Johnson broke 14 tie votes, putting him in the vice presidential top ten of tiebreakers. Having served in Congress for 30 years, his political prominence led to his brothers, James and John Telemachus Johnson, and his nephew Robert Ward Johnson being elected to the House of Representatives. As you pray today for the president and vice president today, ask that the Lord would draw their hearts toward Him.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For U.S. officials at the federal and state levels as they debate reforms to election law and procedures.
  • For members of both chambers of the 118th Congress as they discuss, negotiate, and vote on legislation.
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