December 22, 2020 | IFA Staff and True The Vote
Many of us see key dates as opportunities for focused prayer in our nation. While we pray everyday for our nation and the issues we are called to cover, dates of significance can provide focal points for heightened prayer. Our friends at True The Vote have put together a brief description of key dates and milestones from now until Inauguration Day. Let’s use it for prayer!
KEY DATES BETWEEN NOW AND INAUGURATION DAY
Dec. 23 – Electoral votes must arrive on Capitol Hill: The USPS has nine days to deliver the certified electoral votes from their states to the Senate in Washington, DC.
Pray for protection and chain of custody for the votes that are being delivered.
Jan. 3 – New Congress sworn in: Members of the House and Senate take the oath of office at noon in the official start of the 117th Congress.
Pray for the new members of Congress by name. (A full list of the 117th Congress can be found here.) Pray that God’s plans and purposes would be fulfilled in our nation and that our elected officials would legislate in accordance with biblical values.
Jan. 6 – Electoral votes counted: Members of the House and Senate meet in the House chamber. Vice President Mike Pence in his role as president of the Senate presides over the session and the electoral votes are read and counted in alphabetical order by two appointees each from the House and Senate. They give their tallies to Vice President Pence, who announces the results. If there are objections, the House and Senate consider them separately to decide how to count those votes. There are 538 electoral votes: one for each congressman and senator plus three for Washington, DC. If no candidate gets 270 votes, the 435 members of the House decide the election. The House has until noon on January 20 to pick the president and each state gets a vote. If they can’t, it becomes the vice president or the next person in the line of presidential succession.
Pray for order and truth in this process when electoral votes are counted. Pray that constitutional principles are followed. Pray that God’s will for our nation would be fulfilled.
Jan. 20 – Inauguration Day: A new president takes the oath of office at noon. In a disputed election, if the House has not chosen a president but the Senate has chosen a vice president, the vice president-elect becomes acting president until the House makes a choice. And if there’s no president-elect and no vice president-elect, the House appoints a president until one is chosen.
Pray for this next term and the president holding office. Pray that if there is any dispute that our nation would be protected in the midst of disagreement.