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The Judicial Branch is the only wing of government not directly elected by the populace. Instead of being elected, members of the Judicial Branch are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

The head office of the American Judiciary is the United States Supreme Court. The Court is composed of 9 judges. There are no term limits to being a Supreme Court judge. A judge will leave office upon retirement or death, with death usually following closely upon retirement.

The Supreme Court is the highest of several federal courts where cases and appeals are brought before federal judges. These lower federal courts are arranged around the nation geographically. There are also 13 United States courts of appeals.

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 equal protection under the law or refusing the right to assemble peaceably, the Supreme Court would be where Americans could challenge the Constitutional nature of that law.

It is imperative to keep the Judicial Branch in our prayers as they use ethical and moral standards to interpret America’s Constitution as it applies to her modern laws.

Featured Member of the Judicial Branch for Prayer

PrayFocusJudicialJames Lankford, United States Senator from Oklahoma

James Paul Lankford was born in March, 1968, in Dallas Texas. His parents divorced when he was four; his mother and older brother and he lived for a time in his grandparents’ garage apartment. He attended Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland. He earned a B.S. in Secondary Education at the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree in Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

After graduating, he moved to Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City. He served with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, becoming the program director of Falls Creek, the largest Christian camp in the United States.

In 2010, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma’s Fifth District. He was elected to the Senate in the most recent mid-term elections, assuming office in January 2015.

Lankford is married to Cindy and they have two children. He is a Baptist. He became a Christian at the age of eight.

IN THE NEWS: Two days after a coalition of women’s rights and gay rights groups warned against interfering with new District of Columbia laws, arguing they protect against discrimination, Senators Lankford of Oklahoma and Cruz of Texas introduced resolutions of disapproval, saying the laws infringe upon religious liberty. “What the D.C. Council has done is a major threat to the fundamental right to religious freedom for D.C. residents and organizations, and a brazen display of intolerance,” said Lankford, who heads the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the District of Columbia. “The Constitution provides that all Americans enjoy the right to live a life in accordance with their convictions of faith. Limiting religious practice to a church building is a weekend hobby, not a personal faith. The First Amendment is first for a reason – it cannot be ignored by the D.C. City Council.”




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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR OUR JUDICIARY

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set two hours on April 17 for oral arguments on the Obama Administration’s efforts to lift a two-month-long injunction against the President’s executive actions on immigration.

The Supreme Court struggled Monday to balance worries about government censorship and concerns over messages that are offensive to some as it heard a dispute over a proposed Confederate battle flag license plate in Texas.

Pray for extraordinary wisdom for America’s judges and justices as they debate and rule on significant issues.