The New York Times has an article about the Senate chaplain today. It notes that weekly prayer groups and Bible study sessions have been suspended during the lapse in appropriations which has led to the government shutdown.
The article brings to mind the story of the Senate chaplain's encounter with an angry citizen years ago, around 1950. "How can you pray for those jerks?" he was asked. His reply: "That's not what I do. What I do, as I stand at the front of the chamber and look out at the members, is pray for the country."