Have you ever seen images of Pope John Paul II at prayer in his chapel?
He would lie face down on the floor, white robes notwithstanding.
We at CareNet have found ourselves in that position a few times recently. Lying face down, or kneeling with our heads pressed to the floor. Sometimes prayers of petition. Often prayers of thanks.
Yesterday, we were praying that our financial dry spell would come to an end so that we can get on with the business of saving lives (mothers, fathers, babies) without being distracted by money worries. By late in the afternoon, a donor came forward promising to pay for our fundraising banquet next month.
If, a few minutes later, you had peaked in the window of CareNet, you would have found several women on their knees, thanking God (and the donor) for his provision.
And it is not just money. We pray for our clients too. And each other. And our donors and supporting churches. Our volunteers.
In Mali you can recognize the devout because they have dents on their foreheads from praying 5 times a day.
I am working on mine.