“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24
The Supreme Court is the highest of several federal courts where cases and appeals are brought before federal judges. There are also thirteen federal courts of appeals. Instead of being elected, members of the judicial branch are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. The main duty of the judicial branch is to interpret the Constitution as it applies to the laws of the nation. For instance, if Congress were to pass a law prohibiting religious freedom, the Supreme Court would be where Americans could challenge the constitutional nature of that law. It is crucial to keep the judicial branch in our prayer – that our judges will use ethical and moral standards to interpret America’s Constitution as it applies to our modern laws and not substitute their own political opinions for the applicable law.
“When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
The House of Representatives and the Senate collectively form the United States Congress and are the lawmakers of the nation. As the legislative branch of our government, the Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers. It is vitally important that we pray that our congressional leaders are obedient to God’s will for our nation, accountable for their actions, courageous in times of adversity, willing to serve for the good of their constituents, and that they seek godly advisers. We should pray that the laws they pass rest their authority, ultimately, upon the authority of the Word of God.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.” “This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:1-7
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.”
As the head of the executive branch of our government, the president is responsible for the daily administration of the state bureaucracy and directs the general political flow of the federal government. Underneath the president are the several departments that are in charge of administering the affairs of the nation, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice. The representative leaders of these departments are collectively known as the president’s “Cabinet” of advisers. These leaders need to be people of godly integrity and honesty, who only want the best for the nation, and who have the wisdom and discernment, and understanding for all the decisions they must make.