Video- Senate Chaplain Prays For Divine Intervention in Gov't Shutdown

God, 'save us from the madness'...

Senate Chaplain Barry Black, who has served as senate chaplain for a decade, a Seventh Day Adventist who opens each morning's session with a prayer, has dedicated this week's prayers to finding an end to the government shutdown. On Thursday, Black prayed that God save members of Congress and Americans "from the madness" of the shutdown.

"Have mercy upon us, oh God, and save us from the madness," Black prayed Thursday morning. "We acknowledge our transgressions, our shortcomings, our smugness, our selfishness, and our pride. Create in us clean hearts, oh God, and renew a right spirit within us. Deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable."

He continued, "Remove the burdens of those who are the collateral damage of this government shutdown, transforming negatives into positives as you work for the good of those who love you."