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Father, we pray that You would guide our new leader. Help McCarthy to lead us well and in a way that glorifies You, God.

The battle is over. However you feel about the results, now is the time to raise up the new Speaker in prayer.

From The Wall Street Journal. Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday morning, Kevin McCarthy finally saw the sign he had been waiting for his entire political career. Hung above an office on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol were the words: “SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE KEVIN MCCARTHY.”

Have you taken your place on the wall?

“Oh yes!” he exclaimed, before asking someone standing nearby to snap a picture. “Sweet! See that?” he said to the crush of reporters gathered around him. “It was worth the wait.”

The House of Representatives elected Mr. McCarthy speaker early Saturday morning after a grueling 15 rounds of voting that turned a general formality into a slog stretched over four days. It marked the first time in 100 years that the speaker wasn’t chosen on the first vote, and the number of ballots it took was the most of any election since before the Civil War. The votes were punctuated by extraordinary scenes rarely witnessed in the usually highly choreographed deliberations of Congress.

The week saw Mr. McCarthy capitulate to nearly every demand made by 20 Republican members from his party’s right flank, including one critical rule change that will make it easier for those members to topple him if they are unhappy. It also put on display the respect he has from his backers, with routine standing ovations every time he voted for himself, even as vote after vote failed.

To win the job, Mr. McCarthy agreed to restore a rule allowing a single member to call a snap vote on ousting the speaker. The concessions also include commitments to tie spending cuts to a debt-ceiling increase and to a process making it easier to amend individual spending bills, according to several negotiators and people familiar with the talks. And they include a goal of putting more members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus on key committees, including the Rules Committee, which for years has written rules to block amendments from coming up on the House floor.

“I ran out of things to ask for,” Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida told reporters after he, along with the other five remaining detractors, voted “present” rather than against Mr. McCarthy on the 15th and final ballot. The move lowered the threshold required for Mr. McCarthy to be elected, capturing the speakership with 216 votes, rather than the 218 normally required.

Some of Mr. McCarthy’s allies lamented that his concessions gave away too much of his power and will make it harder for him to govern the House’s fractious GOP caucus.

The decision for Mr. McCarthy’s final six detractors to vote “present” in a bloc came after a blockbuster series of events unfolded on the House floor late Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning. …

The concessions Mr. McCarthy made to secure the speakership could cause friction with the party’s center flank. Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina, a McCarthy ally who works across the aisle, said she was “not OK” with some decisions that had been made, though it didn’t change her vote for Mr. McCarthy.

Mr. McCarthy has long known he was stepping into a difficult job.

In February of last year, as he was planning for this eventual moment, he told the Journal in an interview: “It’s Republican nature that they want to take down their leaders. It’s just what they do.”

What do you think of McCarthy’s victory and the concessions he made? Share your thoughts and prayers below.

(Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal. Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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Darlene Estlow
January 11, 2023

Father, I lift up Representative McCarthy. Thank you for his service to you and our country. May he understand he is called to office to serve you and walk in your wisdom. Let him see that you are God and your Word is there for salvation and instruction. May he embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior seeking the wisdom you offer. Surround him with those who love you and may he have ears to listen.

Bill Charron
January 10, 2023

Good morning father God, we pray that You will draw the Honorable Kevin McCarthy closer to HIMSELF today than any day before. May the Holy spirit grant him discernment, wisdom and knowledge of the plans YOU have for him from the heavenly court. We pray send your warring angels to protect him, his family and staff from the attacks of the enemy today and beyond in his congressional leadership days ahead. Let him be granted clarity of mind as to your plan for our nation. Grant him courage and your grace to lead us against the enemy within and without. Also grant him the joy that can only be found in you. We decree that those ministering and advising him will provide righteous direction according to our US Constitution. In Jesus mighty name we pray.

Gregorio Calvo
January 10, 2023

From the Island of Guam, a U.S. Territory in the Western Pacific, “Where America’s Day Begins!” In recognition that the Almighty God is sovereign over all the earth and over all nations, and standing on II Chronicles 7:14 “If My people”… we been praying for righteousness to prevail in the United States Congress! Even if only visibly in the House of Representatives, it is evident that the Lord’s Hand is upon the Honorable Kevin McCarthy! God bless him in his acceptance speech. May he stand on God’s Word and may he declare Judeo-Christian Biblical principles in all the preceding of the House of Representatives, in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ!

Sharon Lamkin
January 9, 2023

Dear Father God, please guide Mr McCarthy to make the BEST decisions that will affect many people and to listen to YOUR wisdom instead of men. In Jesus’ Name! Amen!

Patricia Holtke
January 9, 2023

Magnificent prayer Robin!!! God bless you!!!

Patricia Holtke
January 9, 2023

Father God, please help Mr. McCarthy abide by the guidelines he has been given, which will be the best for our nation. Please help him to make prayerful decisions on every issue presented. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen

Ken Budz
January 9, 2023

Lord please help Speaker McCarthy do a good job representing the taxpaying citizens. May the average American know that the house leaders are working to improve the country. I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Donald Vader
January 9, 2023

I pray and I decree that Kevin McCarthy will be a man of his word and honor God and the constitutional republic of the United States of America as speaker of the House in the mighty name of Jesus and I say hallelujah!☝️

Robin Wonders
January 9, 2023

Thank You, Father, for a decision and the concessions made to bring more common sense to our government. May our congress serve the people better as a result. May people return to more respectful language now, even while standing up for important issues.
I pray for Mr. McCarthy to grow closer to You, to hear Your voice and take Your will seriously, more seriously than paying back any contributors or political influencers. Grant him wisdom for every day and courage when the opposition is fierce, and discernment over people, policies, and strategies. Direct his priorities. We know the battle is spiritual over our country. Please grant us a return to truth and justice by Your mighty hand, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


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