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Department of Labor protects religious freedom in new directives.

Prayer Alert May 18, 2020
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Today, Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued both a directive and guidance to advance religious liberty protections. These actions bolster the Department’s on-going efforts to advance the principles set forth in President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order 13798, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.”

“The directive and guidance issued today acknowledge the central role that religion and religious freedom play in civil society,” said Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia.  “The directive and guidance issued today send a clear message that the Department of Labor will continue to uphold religious liberty for America’s workforce, employees of the Department, and religious organizations.”

Secretarial Directive

The Department-wide Directive from Secretary Scalia instructs agency heads to incorporate and advance religious liberty principles in their daily operations. In part, the Directive instructs the agency heads of the Department of Labor to:

Guidance on Federal Grants and Executive Order 13798

New Department-wide guidance on grant policies will help the public better understand religious liberty protections for grant applicants and recipients.

On May 9, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13798, which instructed that “all executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech.” The Order also directed the Attorney General to issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law to guide all agencies. The Attorney General issued such guidance in a memorandum to all executive departments on October 6, 2017. Subsequently, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its own guidance on January 16, 2020, directing all grant administering agencies “within 120 days of the date of this Memorandum… [to] publish policies detailing how they will administer Federal grants in compliance with E.O. 13798, the Attorney General’s memorandum, and this Memorandum.”

In compliance with the Executive Order, the Attorney General’s Memo, and the OMB Directive, the Department of Labor today issued new Department-wide guidance on grant policies to improve public awareness and clarity about the Department’s protections for religious liberty interests in grant administration. The Guidance works to improve the ability of nonprofit and faith-based organizations to defend their rights and participate in DOL programs. The Guidance also gives more certainty to nonprofit and faith-based organizations concerning what guarantees the Department’s regulations give grantees to preserve their religious character. 

The mission of the U.S. Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Pray for workers and business owners who are trying to recover from the COVID shutdowns. Praise God for the provisions made for religious freedom in the government programs.

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Beverly Ophoff, Bend, Or.

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Almighty God we thank you today for sending your Son Jesus to save us and set us free. When Jesus went back to heaven He sent the Holy Spirit to teach us and remind us all that Jesus taught and preached. This Sunday we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Holy Spirit come again in power and blanket our nation with repentance and a longing to return to our God who alone can save. Forgive us for our apathy and unbelief. May your people arise this week-end in faith and power to see our nation restored to the God of Our Fathers. In the Mighty Name of Jesus our Deliverer, Amen.

Marsha Beale, Idaho

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Dear Father in the great court of heaven: I request and thank you for your marvelous plan. Please help and provide for the small business folks that are struggling. Thank you for providing before we call. Thank you that business large and small, will recover quickly. We praise and thank you for religious freedom. Bless President Trump and all his staff for accomplishing your great purposes. Amen

Luylla J Claar, Ronan, MT

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Father, strengthen those who have lost their jobs. Reveal to them how to go forward. Let Your Spirit abide upon them and draw them into Your Son or draw them deeper into Him. Thank you for using this time to reveal truth to the people of the United States and uncovering more evil. Cleanse it all from amongst our midst. Thank You Father for preserving our freedoms, most especially out right to seek You and worship You. In Jesus Name Amen.

Peg Buscher, Bondurant, Ia

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Our Heavenly Father, we lift a praise to You for who You are and how You watch over us - thank You! We pray for both the workers and business owners who are recovering at this time, may they be found in You. Eccl 4:9-10 reminds us two are better than one, for if one falls , one will lift up his fellow. Let this be the mindset of both workers and business owners, both willing to help in time of need. Two or more withstand what one alone cannot. Thank You LORD for the leadership of this President and staff as they more clearly define the unique relationship between religious freedom and the government. We are ever grateful for the wisdom that You provide LORD and the counsel that You establish. We desire that Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven and stand in awe as You direct our steps daily. Be glorified and exalted! In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Kathy Emahiser, Prince George, VA

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Praise God for the religious freedom in the government programs. Father, I thank you for moving on the hearts of this administration to make this possible. I recognize that without you this country will collapse. It is absolutely vital that our leaders look to you Lord for wisdom, council, and guidance concerning the issues that face our nation. Thank you Father. In Jesus Name, Amen

Kathy Emahiser, Prince George, VA

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Father, I lift up workers and business owners who are trying to recover from the COVID shutdowns. I thank you that there will be a quick turnaround in getting them back to a level of prosperity. I declare that everything lost as a result of this virus will be restored a minimum of 7-fold. According to Deuteronomy 8:18, you said to remember that it is you who gives us the power to get wealth, that you may establish your covenant. . . . You are our shepherd, and we shall not lack any good thing. Thank you Father In Jesus Name, Amen

I bless my President Donald John Trump for standing for Christian Libertys, and this law will fortify our right to worship our living God JESUS amen

Nancy Bryda, Select...

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I am thankful for our religious freedom and decree righteousness and justice over the opening of small businesses in America and especially in my home state of Connecticut. I decree a conviction of doing the will of the people over Connecticut government and bind manipulation, partisan politics, pride, and the Jezebel spirits and loose a balanced approach. Fear is bound and lying spirits as well.

Emiko, TORRANCE CA

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Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us Your peace that surpasses understanding to guard our hearts and minds. We invite You to reign in our lives and be our refuge and hiding place. I believe that You are setting us free to live fearlessly in these dangerous times.

Christina, Brooklyn

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Father , we come before You to give thanks for our President and his victory of passing a law of religious freedom in our government programs.We specifically prayer for all the people in the Labor Department as they face the coming future from this virus. We are asking You Lord for an outpouring of wisdom and understanding over all of them so that You would be able to work through them Your righteous ways of bringing our nation back to order. In the meantime we thank you Lord for all your mercy and grace that is new every morning.. Yes in God we trust.

Sue, Loganville, Ga

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Pray that everything President Trump is doing to help this nation recover will be done in the name of Jesus. That he would have wisdom and revelation from God on high to get America moving again.

Sharon, VA

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Father, Thank You for the efforts of this administration to restore our religious liberties. May we be a nation Under God, once again. May the constitution be restored to its rightful place in our land. Forgive our many grievous sins and heal our land. God bless President Trump and his family and God bless America.

Katherine Hathaway, OR

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Yes Lord, agreed religious freedom and recovery from shutdowns.

Rev. Queen Beatrice, Massachusetts

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Abb, Father, we rejoice with Thanksgiving and praises unto You through Christ Jesus our Lord! We declare Victory in Your faith for the entire 50 states to reopen for Your glory through Christ Jesus. Amen! America needs to reopen. We ask You and thank You, to continue to lead and guide us, the Governors and the Senators to reopen America according to Proverbs 3:5-6 in the powerful Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and not even the gates of hell can prevail against from the reopening because You Father, are in control. We thank You Father, for President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order 13798 to promote Free Speech and Religious Liberty. Guide them with Your wisdom to execute this principles wisely in harmony with Your plan and purpose in Jesus powerful Name! Amen! 🙏! RQB!

Mary Kraft, New Freedom Pa.17349

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Dearest Lord Jesus, please continue to use this One Voice prayer movement to be a powerful voice that will be heard by you. Save our nation from from the evil one, and bring your righteous ones too victory for your name sake. I pray in Jesus Name Amen

Deborah Dixon, WEST VIRGINIA

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Father I thank you for this great country that was founded in Your Marvelous Name to be a place of praise to You. In Jesus Holy Name, I call for this country to repent from its evil wickedness. Let us return to You in righteousness and give great praise to You for Your great love and tender mercy towards us Your children. As the head of any country goes, so goes the body. Guide President Trump in all Your Word. Cause him to follow after You with his whole heart. Let him keep people around himself that will give him Godly advise. Thank You Father for revival in this land and for Protection of President Trump and his family. In Jesus Holy Name I pray, Amen.

Deborah Wheeler, South Dakota

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Father in Heaven, we come to you in Jesus name and you say in your word that no good thing will you withhold from those who walk up rightly in Psalm 84:11...and so today Father we claim that scripture for America as from this moment on we choose as a nation to walk in your righteousness as we seek your Kingdom. In Jesus Name we pray, AMEN & AMEN🙌🎺🙌🎺🔥✝️

B Cunningham, California

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We thank You Father for this administration who are protecting our workers’ religious freedoms in every phase of our nation’s recovery from COVID-19. We pray your Spirit hovers over every worker, every business and every employer to bring comfort and restoration to them. Bless President Trump and his administration each day. Give them wisdom and revelation, wise and accurate council in Jesus’ name amen.

Claire, Joppa, MD

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Lord Jesus America was founded and established using the Word of God - the Bible. Open the eyes, ears, hearts and minds of the American people to put Your Word back into society, displaying it on building walls, reading it in our homes to our families and into our schools and businesses. We thank You Jesus that You never leave us or forsake us. Your Word is truth - let it be preached from the rooftops. In the Mighty Name of Jesus- Amen ✝️🙏🏻

Jeanne Burch, Franklin WI

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Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs.. mourning and weeping in this valley of tears ! Turn then Most Gracious Virgin Mary, thine eyes of mercy on us. To thee do we come, before thee we stand Sinful and sorrowful! O Clement, 🙏🏻O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary!🌈💐🙏🏻 Pray for U.S. O Holy Mother of God!🙏🏻That WE might be made worthy of the 🎶💐🌹promises of God🔔🙏🏻🌈

Queen Aleta Parker, Alaska

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Father God, In Jesus Name, (Yeshua) In God We Trust, God Bless America as we stand in the gap so that you will not pour out your wrath and repent for allowing open borders to those that have come here illegally. We stand united as one new man to protect our Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence that were inspired to protect us from those that would want to subvert our God given rights. Let us stand as a lighthouse to the nations burning the torch of freedom to those that would assimilate (integrate) into our society. Bless our President Donald Trump, that everything he puts his hands to will prosper in You. Bless all that are standing up for God and country. Surround them with your shield of protection. Send your warring angels to protect them lest they dash their foot against a stone. God Bless America!

Birdie Stringfellow, Georgia

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Heavenly Father and Creator of all, Thank you for your loving kindness and merciful blessings you have given us in these difficult times. Please continue to protect us and our leaders who love and obey your Words. Be with the small businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat on rough waters. Thank you for the acknowledgment and safely of our religious freedoms and rights and for the protection and liberty of our relationship with You in the world and the workforce. Bless our President and give him your direction in keeping your laws and ways as set forth in the Constitution and programs set up in the Department of Labor to keep You first and our right to choose. Restore what belongs to You, and prosper us increasingly to one nation under God Almighty-You-forever-and restore our religious freedoms so that we may continue to glorify your name always. God bless America! May your will be done! In Jesus name and with the power of the Holy Spirit I do pray with humble love, Amen.

Diana, Calistoga CA

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Yes Father, Only You can restore where the locusts have eaten! We ask for prompt recovery. Thank you for the new directives that are protecting our religious freedoms. Hallelujah! Bless and protect Eugene Scalia and his family. IJN (In Jesus’s Name)!!!

Deana Carter, North Carolina

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Father God, in the Name of Jesus I thank You for hearing us when we pray and rejoice in all the good you have done toward us, Your people! Thank You for the Blessing You have set forth before us to choose to walk in through fellowship with You and the guidance of Your Spirit. I pray that this guidance that You give and the results brought forth will be an opportunity to share of Your faithfulness with those we meet and to help them to know about You and Your great love for all mankind. In this we pray that recovery of business and economic conditions would take place and that another Great Awakening in our nation would draw us closer to the plans you have laid out for this nation.

Regina, Red Lion, PA

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Father, thank you for all the forward movement and that President Trump’s heart towards freedom of religion and the steps he has taken to protect them, especially Christianity, who’s freedom has been eroding steadily. I thank you that his heart is that the US would be truly a Nation after God’s heart. Lord God, protect those still struggling in the shutdown. Bless, keep, comfort and protect those workers and businesses, God effected - jobs lost, cut back, businesses having to pair back, closed and closing - due to no faults of their own. And Father, I lift up the families struggling to out food on the table and keep roofs over their heads. Let the fundings that were set forth reach the ones in need as promised. Open up locked doors and dammed up pathways. Thank you Father for your mercy in this time. Bless and protect the President, Vice-President and their families in this time.

Paula, Michigan

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Thank Father for protecting our freedom to worship and for these directives. Continue to give wisdom and knowledge to President Trump and his teams as they lead us to victory. In Jesus name.

Sharon Schild, Ohio

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I pray for Lord God Almighty to raise up a standard against those willing vessels of dishonor that is trying to force their end of times games on us & through out the world, but Gods set times will not be tampered with nor will He allow the spirit of the antichrist to dictate until the time comes. I pray for freedom & liberty to pray & worship to God be fully restored & for Ezekiel 21:26-27 to manifest our rights. I pray for prayer to be restored to the schools, to church or place of worship & the freedom to be quickly restored to us in the land of the free.

Sherry Montague, NC

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Lord Jesus, we thank you for a Godly President. We thank you for the spiritual growth he has experienced since you blessed him with the Presidency. We thank you for the Godly men and women he has brought into his administration to work along side him. We are thankful for Secretary Eugene Scalia. We pray your continued guidance for him as he works to foster great working conditions for all American workers. We pray Lord that you will bless all our businesses large and small as they reopen the doors and bring their employees back to work. We pray for safety in every workplace. We pray this virus will end sooner than believed and that you will restore our economy bigger and stronger than ever before. Let our people know beyond any doubt that it was a God thing! May every American knee bow in thanks to your blessings upon our Nation. In the Name of Jesus I pray, Amen

Jo Ellen Miller, TN

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Father, we pray for all workers and business owners who are trying to recover from the COVID 19 Pandemic. I pray you give them the Grace to look up/pray to you and find you for salvation and provision during this time. Surround them with favor to obtain Grants, contributions (Public or private) to help get our economy going again. Our help comes from YOU Lord, even down to the feeding of the birds. If you feed them, why should we fear? Use this time to help people FIND YOU, INCREASE their Faith in YOU and SEE YOUR HAND MOVE on their behalf, to the GLORY of YOUR Name. Lord we thank you for the Leaders of this country who have passed laws protecting our rights to religious freedom. Only YOU know the heart of every man. Lord, NEVER allow the Government Leaders to establish Laws of this nation that could be used to DICTATE OR CONTROL our religious organizations . Lord, we trust YOU to NOT ALLOW the fine print of any law to be used AGAINST your people. REMOVE from office anyone who would use their elected office (provided by the people) to come against our Constitutional Rights in this country. REPLACE them with people who will protect the rights of our people as defined in the Constitution of the United States of America, in Jesus Name.

Karen Meanor, 1427 fifth St. Natrona Heights, PA. 15065

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I, praised God for restoration and recovery, for business owners and their workers, and for the religious freedom and new guidelines of protection. Make America great again !!! Karen Meanor

Linda G. Egnal, ID

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Lord God, thank You that You raise up our leaders and put others down, and if it be Your Will, then our religious beliefs and freedoms are provided for in our various federal, state and local departments and governmental bodies, as provided in our Constitution. We say that our religious freedoms are protected by the Power of Your Word, and we praise You for covering us and making the confusion easy to understand, in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Lord, thank You for being our God and help us to keep trusting You during many times of chaos and upheaval, such as what we're going through right now, and thank You for giving us Donald J. Trump as our President, who is God-given and anointed to lead us and this great nation called America, as we go forward and pray in the Precious Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Who died for us so we can live for Him, Amen.