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Just over 100 days into the presidency of Joe Biden, there are more spending bills, tax cuts, tax increases, social programs and proposals than anyone can keep track of, let alone hold up in prayer. That raises a few questions, then.

What is most important? What is most pressing? And how do we rally around God’s priorities?

The team at Intercessors for America works hard to identify the issues most important to a Kingdom-minded person when it comes to the realm of politics. Read their latest legislative update here.

In this weekly column, The D.C. Insider, I will help answer those questions by the grace of God and leading of the Holy Spirit. I’ve worked on Capitol Hill, in political advocacy and crisis communications for major corporations, and as a journalist in Washington, D.C.

I’ll be providing the insider Kingdom perspective into Washington, D.C., with the help of my friends and sources in the highest places of governmental influence.

Check back in for weekly updates, and join our Kingdom intercessors with insider intelligence.

Shrewd as Serpents

The Bible tells us the ranks of the Enemy are divided into levels of government: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

In the same way, the decision-making powers in the nation’s capital have multiple levels that work together.

President Biden has introduced a range of spending proposals topping $6 trillion. But most of those proposals have to pass through Congress before taking effect.

However, the average American does not understand the process by which their laws are made. We must submit to our laws, even help pay for them, but many Christians fail to follow Jesus’ command when it comes to the workings of Capitol Hill: “…be as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves.”


Insider Intercessory Intelligence

As intercessors, we must have wisdom and discernment to target our prayers. Understanding the processes on Capitol Hill helps us make informed and godly decisions about legislation and pray with wisdom.

To this end, I interviewed a prophetic Christian congressional staffer with a depth of experience working on legislation for multiple members of Congress. My source explained how a speech from President Biden or an idea presented in a press conference actually becomes law.

To oversimplify, there are a few steps for the House she laid out:

  1. A member introduces a bill, usually written by staffers.
  2. The bill is assigned to the committee that handles that issue.
  3. The committee Chairman decides whether or not to markup the bill where changes can be made.
  4. Then, the committee votes on whether to send the bill out of committee.
  5. After that, the Speaker of the House decides whether or not to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote.
  6. When the bill is brought to the floor, the Rules Committee gets to decide if there can be amendments proposed, and if so, how many. This is very important and can be life or death for a bill.
  7. The members vote and either pass or deny the bill.
  8. If passed, the same legislation must be passed by the Senate, so there is often back and forth between the two bodies to reconcile two pieces of similar legislation.
  9. The president must sign the bill.

These nine steps may remind you of the civics class you slept through in high school, but if you are discerning, you will see plenty of key decision points, all of which are opportunities as an intercessor. Consider being an informed intercessor who prays….

  • Lord, please move the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee to……
  • Father, we ask that this bill not even be brought to the floor for a vote.
  • God, we ask that you create division within the committee so they cannot agree…that this legislation never even leaves the committee.

Notably, my source pointed out that the House Rules Committee determines if a bill can be amended on the House floor, how many amendments can be made, and how much time members have to debate. These technical changes may seem small, but they can easily make the difference between whether a bill is passed, and whether a crucial amendment is even debated, let alone put into the legislation.

“Rules is technically the most powerful committee in the House,” she said.

To make a difference, you don’t have to convince every member to change their position on an issue. That will not happen without a seismic act of God. But a smaller, more focused goal is to change the heart of one member who has the power to accelerate or kill a bill, or to allow the right amendment to be added to a piece of legislation.

My source had two final requests for our prayers:

“There are two things…that I personally pray for,” she said. “For wisdom, not just for the members but for the staffers that are supporting the members…in discerning how to best support their constituents. And praying against ego, because that and pride can run rampant on the Hill and I think that is sometimes where you get some really ugly legislation because there are people who are like, ‘Well I’m in power, I’m just going to do what I want.’”

Now that we have this information that makes you more shrewd, you can target your prayers.


Our Assignment

What then, should we do?

Imagine if God assigned you as an intercessor to pray against a certain piece of legislation, or to become the personal prayer warrior for a bill that is His will. You can target your prayers specifically for that legislation the same way you would if a member of Congress asked you to pray for their personal lives. Many of us would be flattered to be the personal intercessor for an prominent leader, but can we handle the hidden assignment of taking personal responsibility for a piece of legislation?

If you’d like to look up and follow the latest developments on a bill, you can do that here.

With this in mind, let us pray:

  • Lord, we ask that you move the hearts of the leaders of the most important committees, that you empower them to stand up for what is right and stop bad ideas from passing. Give them courage to say no.
  • Father, we pray that the members of Congress would be led and motivated by righteousness and your Holy Spirit, not by ego, pride, or selfish ambition.
  • Lord, we declare that you are God of the details, and you are sovereign over even the most complex intricacies of our legislature. In your sovereignty, hold back, delay, and halt any proposals that are not part of your divine plan for our nation, in Jesus’ name.
  • Holy Spirit, is there an issue or bill that you are calling me to fast and pray for or against?

Verses to press into as you intercede on this issue:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Phil 2:3-4)

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Mt 10:16)

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Casey Harper is a writer in the Washington, D.C. area covering national politics. He has worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, Washington Examiner, and USA Today. Follow him on Twitter: @CaseyHarper33.


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Kelly Loukides
May 4, 2021

Thank you for this article. I appreciate the concise way you wrote out prayer points for us to specifically pray about. Thank you for explaining how things work in DC without making it more complicated. The way you explained everything has given me a much clearer understanding of how to pray and what’s going on in DC. I truly appreciate this article and how you lead us in prayer on the IFA Webcast on Tuesday May 4th.
Thank you,

Susan Brummer
May 3, 2021

That was a very helpful article. I never thought about praying for the committees. Thank you so much

May 3, 2021

Thank you for this informative article! I am so OVER whelmed when I go to pray, but you have taught me how I
can pray specifically & effectively! God bless you for teaching us IFA Prayer Warriors the “How To!” My hope
is renewed again!!! I pray the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters
cover the sea! Hab 2:14 & the 3rd Great Awakening!!!

Jerry Jones
May 2, 2021

Father, in all this to find peace that nothing is hidden from YOU. Not a whisper, not even a thought. That even the tomorrows of those that mean to do harm to the CROSS and/or our nation are known to YOU!! Having YOUR assurance of this while prayer walking the Capitol, Supreme Court Building and White House. That we trust YOU for that absolute victory like those that YOU had so many Old Testament writers writing about. I love YOU with all my heart and as this in JESUS name, Amen

Joni Debord
May 1, 2021

This is so good to know and have access to! Thank you!

May 1, 2021

At the beginning of this year, the Lord has called me intercession for our country. At that time, I had no idea on what I was doing or what I was getting into. But I said Yes, Lord. And I am still learning. I made a prayer journal, keeping an eye on Washington, and made a list of legislation to pray about. The list grows daily and is getting overwhelming, like a difficult game of wack-a-mole. And then, sometimes I feel as if I am praying for the Titanic to make a safe voyage. And the captains of the ship are intent on destruction. Yet, I hold on. I know when the enemy comes in like a flood (of unholy legislation), the Lord will left up a standard (the battle against the enemy). Lord, please help me to stay this course you have set me on, and keep my eyes on you and your victory. The battle is yours.

May 1, 2021

Father, thank You for raising up this nation to be a light, a city on a hill, trumpeting the gospel of the kingdom across our nation and to the ends of the earth. Though we have strayed from our purpose and destiny, You have not. You intend to resurrect it and allow us to participate in the greatest harvest of trillions of souls. Therefore God convict us of sin; reveal the depth of our depravity, our need, and deception. Remove the blindness from our hearts, lift the veil, bring true revelation. We ask for Your Spirit of revelation to be released over us individually, our families, and over the USA. Render our hearts by lifting away the veil across our nation, charge us with the Holy Spirit’s power to produce revival in the USA. Break our hearts from sin and rebellion, abortion, sex trafficking, and sexual confusion. Break our hearts over self-sufficiency, pride, and arrogance. We declare remorse and revelation and repentance throughout the USA. Help us to take up our authority, our shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, and the Keys of the Kingdom to tear down, bind and destroy evil and to loosen Your Spirit and mighty warrior angels through prayers and declarations of faith. In Christ we reign over the USA for the glory of God, in Jesus name. Amen!

Sandra S Butler
May 1, 2021

Maranatha, indeed!

nicholas timcisko
May 1, 2021

We are in a battle between good and evil. The only thing free is eternal life which is granted to those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. There is a cost for anything else. The trillions the Democrats want will come from printing more currency. This means the dollar will be worthless. This will trigger inflation, and prices, for most things will increase. Consider gasoline prices, food, clothes, etc.

May 1, 2021

Great article, Casey. Thank you for the prayer points. It can become mind-numbing, trying to get a grasp on all of the ungodly Executive Orders that our “president” is signing ( does he even have a clue what they are about?). Then , all of the ridiculous and radical legislation that is being presented to Congress, and voted on .We need to be vigilant and never grow weary of doing good in our intercession. Holy Spirit, please guide us in how to pray in all of these circumstances. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Lori A Fewster
May 1, 2021

The article is very helpful and the verses pointed out as reference is helpful too, especially Matthew 10:16. Just because we are God’s people, does not mean that we are just to be sheep and follow. We also need to be discerning and cunning in a quiet but prayerful way for God to work in our midst. Amen.

May 1, 2021


Resting on Your Sovereign Truth, help us to stand firm and do Your will. Holy Spirit, grant us Your wisdom and direction as we move through our days. Remind us, Lord that You hold all thing together and that all things are under Your control. Lord Jesus, help us to love and live as You did. Continue to lead us as we wait for Your soon return! Grant us boldness, confidence and courage as the days grow dark that we may shine bright by Your indwelling Spirit! Forgive our sins and protect us from the evil one. We praise You and thank You for being with us always and for preparing us for what is to come! Maranatha, Lord Jesus in Your Name we pray!

May 1, 2021

Thank you for laying out this plan of prayer action!
“I will instruct you and teach you…” Psalm 32:8a


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