Bahá’í Prayers for Nearness to God



Glory be to Thee, O my God! Thou hearest Thine ardent lovers lamenting in their separation from Thee,

and such as have recognized Thee wailing because of their remoteness from Thy presence.

Open Thou outwardly to their faces, O my Lord, the gates of Thy grace,

that they may enter them by Thy leave and in conformity with Thy will,

and may stand before the throne of Thy majesty, and catch the accents of Thy voice,

and be illumined with the splendors of the light of Thy face.

Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. None can withstand the power of Thy sovereign might.

From everlasting Thou wert alone, with none to equal Thee,

and wilt unto everlasting remain far above all thought and every description of Thee.

Have mercy, then, upon Thy servants by Thy grace and bounty,

and suffer them not to be kept back from the shores of the ocean of Thy nearness.

If Thou abandonest them, who is there to befriend them;

and if Thou puttest them far from Thee, who is he that can favor them?

They have none other Lord beside Thee, none to adore except Thyself.

Deal Thou generously with them by Thy bountiful grace.

Thou, in truth, art the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.

-Bahá'u'lláh




Verily I am Thy servant, O my God, and Thy poor one and Thy suppliant and Thy wretched creature.

I have arrived at Thy gate, seeking Thy shelter.

I have found no contentment save in Thy love, no exultation except in Thy remembrance,

no eagerness but in obedience to Thee,

no joy save in Thy nearness, and no tranquillity except in reunion with Thee,

notwithstanding that I am conscious that all created things are debarred from Thy sublime Essence

and the entire creation is denied access to Thine inmost Being.

Whenever I attempt to approach Thee, I perceive nothing in myself but the tokens of Thy grace

and behold naught in my being but the revelations of Thy loving-kindness.

How can one who is but Thy creature seek reunion with Thee and attain unto Thy presence,

whereas no created thing can ever be associated with Thee, nor can aught comprehend Thee?

How is it possible for a lowly servant to recognize Thee and to extol Thy praise,

notwithstanding that Thou hast destined for him the revelations of Thy dominion

and the wondrous testimonies of Thy sovereignty?

Thus every created thing beareth witness that it is debarred from the sanctuary

of Thy presence by reason of the limitations imposed upon its inner reality.

It is undisputed, however, that the influence of Thine attraction

hath everlastingly been inherent in the realities of Thy handiwork,

although that which beseemeth the hallowed court of Thy providence is exalted

beyond the attainment of the entire creation.

This indicateth, O my God, my utter powerlessness to praise Thee

and revealeth my utmost impotence in yielding thanks unto Thee;

and how much more to attain the recognition of Thy divine unity

or to succeed in reaching the clear tokens of Thy praise,

Thy sanctity and Thy glory. Nay, by Thy might,

I yearn for naught but Thine Own Self and seek no one other than Thee.

- The Báb



O my God! There is no one but Thee to allay the anguish of my soul,

and Thou art my highest aspiration, O my God. My heart is wedded to none save Thee and such as Thou dost love.

I solemnly declare that my life and death are both for Thee. Verily Thou art incomparable and hast no partner.

O my Lord! I beg Thee to forgive me for shutting myself out from Thee.

By Thy glory and majesty, I have failed to befittingly recognize Thee and to worship Thee,

while Thou dost make Thyself known unto me

and callest me to remembrance as beseemeth Thy station. Grievous woe would betide me,

O my Lord, wert Thou to take hold of me by reason of my misdeeds and trespasses.

No helper do I know of other than Thee.

No refuge do I have to flee to save Thee. None among Thy creatures can dare to intercede with Thyself without Thy leave.

I hold fast to Thy love before Thy court, and, according to Thy bidding,

I earnestly pray unto Thee as befitteth Thy glory.

I beg Thee to heed my call as Thou hast promised me.

Verily Thou art God; no God is there but Thee.

Alone and unaided, Thou art independent of all created things.

Neither can the devotion of Thy lovers profit Thee, nor the evil doings of the faithless harm Thee.

Verily Thou art my God, He Who will never fail in His promise.

O my God! I beseech Thee by the evidences of Thy favour,

 to let me draw nigh to the sublime heights of Thy holy presence,

and protect me from inclining myself toward the subtle allusions of aught else but Thee.

Guide my steps, O my God, unto that which is acceptable and pleasing to Thee.

Shield me, through Thy might, from the fury of Thy wrath and chastisement,

and hold me back from entering habitations not desired by Thee.

- The Báb
 



O God, my God, my Beloved, my heart's Desire.

- The Báb




O Lord, my God and my Haven in my distress! My Shield and my Shelter in my woes!

My Asylum and Refuge in time of need and in my loneliness my Companion!

In my anguish my Solace, and in my solitude a loving Friend!

The Remover of the pangs of my sorrows and the Pardoner of my sins!

Wholly unto Thee do I turn, fervently imploring Thee

with all my heart, my mind and my tongue,

to shield me from all that runs counter to Thy will in this, the cycle of Thy divine unity,

and to cleanse me of all defilement that will hinder me from seeking,

stainless and unsullied, the shade of the tree of Thy grace.

Have mercy, O Lord, on the feeble, make whole the sick, and quench the burning thirst.

Gladden the bosom wherein the fire of Thy love doth smolder,

and set it aglow with the flame of Thy celestial love and spirit.

Robe the tabernacles of divine unity with the vesture of holiness,

and set upon my head the crown of Thy favor.

Illumine my face with the radiance of the orb of Thy bounty,

and graciously aid me in ministering at Thy holy threshold.

Make my heart overflow with love for Thy creatures

and grant that I may become the sign of Thy mercy,

the token of Thy grace, the promoter of concord amongst Thy loved ones, devoted unto Thee,

uttering Thy commemoration and forgetful of self but ever mindful of what is Thine.

O God, my God!

Stay not from me the gentle gales of Thy pardon and grace,

and deprive me not of the wellsprings of Thine aid and favor.

'Neath the shade of Thy protecting wings let me nestle, and cast upon me the glance of Thine all-protecting eye.

Loose my tongue to laud Thy name amidst Thy people,

that my voice may be raised in great assemblies and from my lips may stream the flood of Thy praise.

Thou art, in all truth, the Gracious, the Glorified, the Mighty, the Omnipotent.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá



He is the Compassionate, the All-Bountiful! O God, my God! Thou seest me, Thou knowest me;

Thou art my Haven and my Refuge. None have I sought nor any will I seek save Thee;

 no path have I trodden nor any will I tread but the path of Thy love.

In the darksome night of despair,

my eye turneth expectant and full of hope to the morn of Thy boundless favor

and at the hour of dawn my drooping soul is refreshed

and strengthened in remembrance of Thy beauty and perfection.

He whom the grace of Thy mercy aideth, though he be but a drop, shall become the boundless ocean,

and the merest atom which the outpouring of Thy loving-kindness assisteth,

shall shine even as the radiant star.

Shelter under Thy protection, O Thou Spirit of purity, Thou Whom art the All-Bountiful Provider,

this enthralled, enkindled servant of Thine.

Aid him in this world of being to remain steadfast

and firm in Thy love and grant that this broken-winged bird

attain a refuge and shelter in Thy divine nest that abideth upon the celestial tree.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá 



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