January 23 – Working With Congress
A majority of his own party in the House of Representatives and in the Senate is a gift every incoming President hopes for. This majority can potentially make it easier for a President’s reasonable agenda items to become a reality relatively quickly. Of course there will be fights, but hopefully not within his own party. Disagreements with the other party are often easier to overcome, if there is unity between the majority party’s members and the President. It remains to be seen how fully welcoming the Republican congressional members will be with President Trump. This we do know, a number of members of the Congress fear the Lord and are men and women of prayer.1 Therefore, we feel confident that, as we pray, Holy Spirit can help forge a unity between the Believers that can trickle down on the others in the House and Senate.
“The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, so they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me. the same glory you gave me, I gave them, so they’ll be as unified and together as we are—I in them and you in me. Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, and give the godless world evidence that you’ve sent me and loved them in the same way you’ve loved me.” (John 17: 21-23; MSG)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Pray John 17:21-23 over the believing members of Congress – Senators and those in the House of Representatives, that they may be one, even as the Father and Christ are One, expressing a mutual respect for one another and giving preferential treatment to one another.
Ask now that this unity extends to other Congressmen and women that may not know Christ as their Savior. God is able to work miracles and we are asking for this one. May the eyes of their hearts be enlightened, so that they can see that the end result of certain legislative acts passed in unity will benefit the nation and its citizens, their constituents.
Intercede for the relationship of President Trump and congressional leadership, such as Senator Orin Hatch, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader of the Senate, and Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. These are critical relationships. Pray for mutual humility and a desire for the nation to see what a unified working relationship looks like.
Thank the Lord in advance for the blessings that He promises in Psalm 133:1 where there is unity in Him. These blessings are about to fall on America!
A prayer you can pray:
Father, we ask You to unite our Congress, especially the believing members, in a John 17 depth of unity. Make them one, even as You are One. Grant a grace for mutual respect and of working together. Let them be such an example that those who do not know You are drawn into this unified effort, so that our nation can move forward. You alone can work this miracle, Lord, and we ask for it in faith. We ask that this would extend to the relationships between the President, the leadership of the Senate, the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Cabinet heads. We pray for a humble working relationship where they are able to listen to one another and act together on behalf of the best of the nation. Thank You, Jesus, that where there is unity, You command a blessing. May we live in that day! Amen.
We decree that there will be a John 17 unity between the President and the members of Congress.
1 Learn more about Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation here.