Bahá’í Prayers for Teaching




GENERAL PRAYERS FOR TEACHING

Magnified be Thy name, O my God,

for that Thou hast manifested the Day which is the King of Days,

 the Day which Thou didst announce unto Thy chosen Ones and Thy Prophets in Thy most excellent Tablets,

 the Day whereon Thou didst shed the splendor of the glory of all Thy names upon all created things.

 Great is his blessedness whosoever hath set himself towards Thee,

and entered Thy presence, and caught the accents of Thy voice.


I beseech Thee, O my Lord, by the name of Him round

Whom circleth in adoration the kingdom of Thy names,

that Thou wilt graciously assist them that are dear to Thee to glorify Thy word among Thy servants,

 and to shed abroad Thy praise amidst Thy creatures,

so that the ecstasies of Thy revelation may fill the souls of all the dwellers of Thine earth.


Since Thou hast guided them, O my Lord, unto the living waters of Thy grace,

 grant, by Thy bounty, that they may not be kept back from Thee;

and since Thou hast summoned them to the habitation of Thy throne,

drive them not out from Thy presence, through Thy loving-kindness.

Send down upon them what shall wholly detach them from aught else except Thee,

and make them able to soar in the atmosphere of Thy nearness,

 in such wise that neither the ascendancy of the oppressor nor the suggestions

of them that have disbelieved in Thy most august

and most mighty Self shall be capable of keeping them back from Thee.

- Bahá'u'lláh




Praise be to Thee, O Lord my God! I implore Thee,

by Thy Name which none hath befittingly recognized, and whose import no soul hath fathomed;

I beseech Thee, by Him Who is the Fountainhead of Thy Revelation and the Dayspring of Thy signs,

 to make my heart to be a receptacle of Thy love and of remembrance of Thee.

Knit it, then, to Thy most great Ocean,

that from it may flow out the loving waters of Thy wisdom

 and the crystal streams of Thy glorification and praise.


The limbs of my body testify to Thy unity, and the hair of my head declareth

the power of Thy sovereignty and might.

I have stood at the door of Thy grace with utter self-effacement

and complete abnegation, and clung to the hem of Thy bounty,

and fixed mine eyes upon the horizon of Thy gifts.


Do Thou destine for me, O my God, what becometh the greatness of Thy majesty,

 and assist me, by Thy strengthening grace,

so to teach Thy Cause that the dead may speed out of their sepulchers,

and rush forth towards Thee, trusting wholly in Thee,

and fixing their gaze upon the orient of Thy Cause, and the dawning-place of Thy Revelation.


Thou, verily, art the Most Powerful, the Most High, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

- Bahá'u'lláh



Glory be unto Thee, O Lord of the world and Desire of the nations,

O Thou Who hast become manifest in the Greatest Name,

whereby the pearls of wisdom and utterance have appeared

from the shells of the great sea of Thy knowledge,

 and the heavens of divine revelation have been adorned

 with the light of the appearance of the sun of Thy countenance.


I beg of Thee, by that Word through which Thy proof was perfected among Thy creatures

and Thy testimony was fulfilled amidst Thy servants,

 to strengthen Thy people in that whereby the face of the Cause will radiate in Thy dominion,

the standards of Thy power will be planted among Thy servants,

and the banners of Thy guidance will be raised throughout Thy dominions.


O my God! Thou beholdest them clinging to the rope of Thy grace and holding fast

unto the hem of the mantle of Thy beneficence.

Ordain for them that which may draw them nearer unto Thee,

and withhold them from all else save Thee.


I beg of Thee, O Thou King of existence and Protector of the seen and the unseen,

to make whosoever arises to serve Thy Cause as a sea moving by Thy desire,

as one ablaze with the fire of Thy Sacred Tree, shining from the horizon of the heaven of Thy will.

Verily, Thou art the mighty One,

 Whom neither the power of all the world nor the strength of nations can weaken.

There is no God but Thee, the One, the Incomparable, the Protector, the Self-Subsistent.

- Bahá'u'lláh




O God, Who art the Author of all Manifestations, the Source of all Sources,

 the Fountainhead of all Revelations, and the Wellspring of all Lights!

I testify that by Thy Name the heaven of understanding hath been adorned,

 and the ocean of utterance hath surged, and the dispensations of Thy providence

have been promulgated unto the followers of all religions.


I beseech Thee so to enrich me as to dispense with all save Thee,

and be made independent of anyone except Thyself.

Rain down, then, upon me out of the clouds of Thy bounty that which shall profit me

 in every world of Thy worlds. Assist me, then, through Thy strengthening grace,

so to serve Thy Cause amidst Thy servants that I may show forth

what will cause me to be remembered as long as Thine own kingdom endureth and Thy dominion will last.


This is Thy servant, O my Lord, who with his whole being hath turned unto the horizon of Thy bounty,

and the ocean of Thy grace, and the heaven of Thy gifts.

Do with me then as becometh Thy majesty, and Thy glory, and Thy bounteousness, and Thy grace.


Thou, in truth, art the God of strength and power, Who art meet to answer them that pray Thee.

There is no God save Thee, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

- Bahá'u'lláh




Say: Magnified be Thy Name, O Lord my God! I beseech Thee by Thy Name

through which the splendour of the light of wisdom shone resplendent when the heavens

of divine utterance were set in motion amidst mankind,

 to graciously aid me by Thy heavenly confirmations

and enable me to extol Thy Name amongst Thy servants.


O Lord! Unto Thee have I turned my face,

detached from all save Thee and holding fast to the hem of the robe of Thy manifold blessings.

 Unloose my tongue therefore to proclaim that which will captivate the minds of men

and will rejoice their souls and spirits. Strengthen me then in Thy Cause in such wise

 that I may not be hindered by the ascendancy of the oppressors among Thy creatures

 nor withheld by the onslaught of the disbelievers amidst those who dwell in Thy realm.

Make me as a lamp shining throughout Thy lands that those in whose hearts the light of Thy knowledge gloweth

and the yearning for Thy love lingereth may be guided by its radiance.


Verily, potent art Thou to do whatsoever Thou willest,

and in Thy grasp Thou holdest the kingdom of creation.

 There is none other God but Thee, the Almighty, the All-Wise.

- Bahá'u'lláh




O my God, aid Thou Thy servant to raise up the Word,

and to refute what is vain and false, to establish the truth,

to spread the sacred verses abroad, reveal the splendors,

and make the morning's light to dawn in the hearts of the righteous.


Thou art, verily, the Generous, the Forgiving.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

 




O God, my God! Aid Thou Thy trusted servants to have loving and tender hearts.

Help them to spread, amongst all the nations of the earth,

the light of guidance that cometh from the Company on high.

 Verily, Thou art the Strong, the Powerful, the Mighty, the All-Subduing, the Ever-Giving.
 
Verily, Thou art the Generous, the Gentle, the Tender, the Most Bountiful.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá
 




Thou seest me, O my God, bowed down in lowliness,

humbling myself before Thy commandments,

 submitting to Thy sovereignty, trembling at the might of Thy dominion,

 fleeing from Thy wrath, entreating Thy grace, relying upon Thy forgiveness, shaking with awe at Thy fury.

I implore Thee with a throbbing heart, with streaming tears and a yearning soul,

and in complete detachment from all things, to make Thy lovers as rays of light across Thy realms,

and to aid Thy chosen servants to exalt Thy Word, that their faces may turn beauteous and bright with splendor,

that their hearts may be filled with mysteries, and that every soul may lay down its burden of sin.

 Guard them then from the aggressor,

 from him who hath become a shameless and blasphemous doer of wrong.


Verily, Thy lovers thirst, O my Lord; lead them to the wellspring of bounty and grace.

 Verily, they hunger; send down unto them Thy heavenly table.

 Verily, they are naked; robe them in the garments of learning and knowledge.


Heroes are they, O my Lord, lead them to the field of battle.

Guides are they, make them to speak out with arguments and proofs.

Ministering servants are they, cause them to pass round the cup that brimmeth

with the wine of certitude. O my God, make them to be songsters

that carol in fair gardens, make them lions that couch in the thickets,
 
whales that plunge in the vasty deep.


Verily, Thou art He of abounding grace. There is none other God save Thee, the Mighty, the Powerful, the Ever-Bestowing.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá




Thou knowest, O God,

and art my Witness that I have no desire in my heart save to attain Thy good pleasure,

 to be confirmed in servitude unto Thee, to consecrate myself in Thy service,

 to labour in Thy great vineyard and to sacrifice my all in Thy path.

Thou art the All-Knowing and the All-Seeing.

I have no wish save to turn my steps,

 in my love for Thee, towards the mountains and

 the deserts to loudly proclaim the advent of Thy kingdom,

and to raise Thy call amidst all men.

O God! Open Thou the way for this helpless one,

grant Thou the remedy to this ailing one

and bestow Thy healing upon this afflicted one.

With burning heart and tearful eyes I supplicate Thee at Thy threshold.


O God! Protect me from tests.

Thou knowest full well that I have turned

away from all things and freed myself of all thoughts.

I have no occupation save mention of Thee and no aspiration save serving Thee.

-'Abdu'l-Bahá
a prayer revealed for Lua Getsinger
 




Prayers for Teaching from the Tablets of the Divine Plan

REVEALED TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

O Thou Incomparable God! O Thou Lord of the Kingdom!

These souls are Thy heavenly army.

 Assist them and, with the cohorts of the Supreme Concourse,

 make them victorious, so that each one of them

may become like unto a regiment

and conquer these countries through the love of God

and the illumination of divine teachings .

O God! Be Thou their supporter and their helper, and in the wilderness,
 
the mountain, the valley, the forests,

the prairies and the seas, be Thou their confidant --

so that they may cry out through the power of the Kingdom and the breath of the Holy Spirit.


Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty and the Omnipotent,

and Thou art the Wise, the Hearing and the Seeing.


-'Abdu'l-Bahá
 




REVEALED TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

Whoever sets out on a teaching journey to any place, let him recite this prayer day and night during his travels in foreign lands.

O GOD, my God! Thou seest me enraptured and attracted toward Thy glorious kingdom,

enkindled with the fire of Thy love amongst mankind,

 a herald of Thy kingdom in these vast and spacious lands, severed from aught else save Thee,
 
relying on Thee, abandoning rest and comfort, remote from my native home,

 a wanderer in these regions, a stranger fallen upon the ground,

humble before Thine exalted threshold, submissive toward the heaven of Thine omnipotent glory,

 supplicating Thee in the dead of night and at the break of dawn,

 entreating and invoking Thee at morn and at eventide to graciously aid me to serve Thy Cause,

 to spread abroad Thy teachings and to exalt Thy Word throughout the East and the West.


O Lord! Strengthen my back, enable me to serve Thee with the utmost endeavor,

and leave me not to myself, lonely and helpless in these regions.


O Lord! Grant me communion with Thee in my loneliness,

 and be my companion in these foreign lands.


Verily, Thou art the Confirmer of whomsoever Thou willest in that which Thou desirest,

and, verily, Thou art the All-Powerful, the Omnipotent.

-'Abdu'l-Bahá




REVEALED TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

Let whosoever travels to different parts to teach, peruse over mountain, desert, land and sea this supplication.

O God! O God! Thou seest my weakness, lowliness and humility amongst Thy creatures;

nevertheless I have trusted on Thee and have arisen in the promotion of Thy Teachings

amongst Thy strong servants, relying on Thy power and might!


O Lord! I am a broken-winged bird and desire to soar in this Thy space

to which there is no limit.

How is it possible for me to do this save through Thy providence and grace,

Thy confirmation and assistance!


O Lord! Have pity on my weakness and strengthen me with Thy power!


O Lord! Have pity on my impotency and assist me with Thy might and majesty!


O Lord! Should the breaths of the Holy Spirit confirm the weakest of creatures,

he shall attain to the highest station of greatness

and shall possess anything he desireth.

Indeed Thou hast assisted Thy servants in the past,

and they were the weakest of Thy creatures, the lowliest of Thy servants
 
and the most insignificant of those who lived upon the earth;

 but through Thy sanction and potency they took precedence

over the most glorious of Thy people and the most noble of Thy mankind.

 Whereas formerly they were as moths,

they became royal falcons and whereas before they were

as bubbles they became seas.

Through Thy bestowal, Thy mercy and Thy most great favor,

they became stars shining in the horizon of guidance,

birds singing in the rose garden of immortality,

lions roaring in the forest of knowledge and wisdom,

 and whales swimming in the oceans of life.


Verily, Thou art the clement, the powerful, the mighty, and the most merciful of the merciful!

-'Abdu'l-Bahá




REVEALED TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

O God, my God! Thou seest how black darkness is enshrouding all regions,
 
how all countries are burning with the flame of dissension,

and the fire of war and carnage is blazing throughout the East and the West.

Blood is flowing, corpses bestrew the ground,

and severed heads are fallen on the dust of the battlefield.


O Lord! Have pity on these ignorant ones,

and look upon them with the eye of forgiveness and pardon.

Extinguish this fire, so that these dense clouds which obscure the horizon may be scattered,

the Sun of Reality shine forth with the rays of conciliation,

this intense gloom be dispelled

and the resplendent light of peace shed its radiance upon all countries.


O Lord! Draw up the people from the abyss of the ocean of hatred and enmity,

and deliver them from the impenetrable darkness.

Unite their hearts, and brighten their eyes

 with the light of peace and reconciliation.

Deliver them from the depths of war and bloodshed,

and free them from the darkness of error.

 Remove the veil from their eyes, and enlighten their hearts with the light of guidance.

 Treat them with Thy tender mercy and compassion,

and deal not with them according to Thy justice

and wrath which cause the limbs of the mighty to quake.


O Lord! Wars have persisted. Distress and anxiety have waxed great,

and every flourishing region is laid waste.


O Lord! Hearts are heavy, and souls are in anguish.

Have mercy on these poor souls,

 and do not leave them to the excesses of their own desires.


O Lord! Make manifest in Thy lands humble and submissive souls,

 their faces illumined with the rays of guidance, severed from the world,

extolling Thy Name, uttering Thy praise,

and diffusing the fragrance of Thy holiness amongst mankind.


O Lord! Strengthen their backs, gird up their loins,

and enrapture their hearts with the most mighty signs of Thy love.


O Lord! Verily, they are weak, and Thou art the Powerful

and the Mighty; they are impotent, and Thou art the Helper and the Merciful.


O Lord! The ocean of rebellion is surging,

and these tempests will not be stilled

save through Thy boundless grace which hath embraced all regions.


O Lord! Verily, the people are in the abyss of passion,

 and naught can save them but Thine infinite bounties.


O Lord! Dispel the darkness of these corrupt desires,

and illumine the hearts with the lamp of Thy love through which all countries

will erelong be enlightened. Confirm, moreover, Thy loved ones, those who,

leaving their homelands, their families and their children,

have, for the love of Thy Beauty, traveled to foreign countries to diffuse Thy fragrances

and promulgate Thy Teachings.

Be Thou their companion in their loneliness,

 their helper in a strange land, the remover of their sorrows, their comforter in calamity.

Be Thou a refreshing draught for their thirst,

a healing medicine for their ills and a balm for the burning ardor of their hearts.


Verily, Thou art the Most Generous, the Lord of grace abounding,

and, verily, Thou art the Compassionate and the Merciful.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá




REVEALED TO BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE NORTHEASTERN STATES

The following supplicationis to be read by the teachers and friends daily:

O THOU kind Lord!

Praise be unto Thee that Thou hast shown us the highway of guidance,

opened the doors of the kingdom and manifested Thyself through the Sun of Reality.

To the blind Thou hast given sight; to the deaf Thou hast granted hearing;

 Thou hast resuscitated the dead; Thou hast enriched the poor;

 Thou hast shown the way to those who have gone astray;

Thou hast led those with parched lips to the fountain of guidance;

 Thou hast suffered the thirsty fish to reach the ocean of reality;

 and Thou hast invited the wandering birds to the rose garden of grace.


O Thou Almighty! We are Thy servants and Thy poor ones;

 we are remote and yearn for Thy presence, are athirst for the water of Thy fountain,

 are ill, longing for Thy healing.

 We are walking in Thy path and have no aim or hope save the diffusion of Thy fragrance,

so that all souls may raise the cry:

O God, "Guide us to the straight path."[1] May their eyes be opened to behold the light,

and may they be freed from the darkness of ignorance.

May they gather around the lamp of Thy guidance.

May every portionless one receive a share.

May the deprived become the confidants of Thy mysteries.
[1 Qur'án 1:6.]


O Almighty! Look upon us with the glance of mercifulness.

 Grant us heavenly confirmation. Bestow upon us the breath of the Holy Spirit,

so that we may be assisted in Thy service and,

 like unto brilliant stars, shine in these regions with the light of Thy guidance.


Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty, the Wise and the Seeing.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá




REVEALED TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE SOUTHERN STATES

Every soul who travels through the cities,

villages and hamlets of these States

and is engaged in the diffusion of the fragrances of God,

should peruse this commune every morning:

O my God! O my God! Thou seest me in my lowliness and weakness,
 
occupied with the greatest undertaking, determined to raise Thy word

 among the masses and to spread Thy teachings among Thy peoples.

 How can I succeed unless Thou assist me with the breath of the Holy Spirit,

help me to triumph by the hosts of Thy glorious kingdom,

 and shower upon me Thy confirmations,

which alone can change a gnat into an eagle,

a drop of water into rivers and seas,

 and an atom into lights and suns? O my Lord! Assist me with Thy triumphant

 and effective might, so that my tongue may utter Thy praises

and attributes among all people

and my soul overflow with the wine of Thy love and knowledge.


Thou art the Omnipotent and the Doer of whatsoever Thou willest.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá  




REVEALED TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE CENTRAL STATES

Let the spreaders of the fragrances of God recite this prayer every morning:


O Lord, my God! Praise and thanksgiving be unto Thee

 for Thou hast guided me to the highway of the kingdom,

 suffered me to walk in this straight and far-stretching path,

 illumined my eye by beholding the splendors of Thy light,

 inclined my ear to the melodies of the birds of holiness from the kingdom of mysteries

and attracted my heart with Thy love among the righteous.


O Lord! Confirm me with the Holy Spirit, so that I may call in Thy Name

amongst the nations and give the glad tidings of the

manifestation of Thy kingdom amongst mankind.


O Lord! I am weak, strengthen me with Thy power and potency.

My tongue falters, suffer me to utter Thy commemoration and praise.

 I am lowly, honor me through admitting me into Thy kingdom.

I am remote, cause me to approach the threshold of Thy mercifulness.

 O Lord! Make me a brilliant lamp, a shining star and a blessed tree,

adorned with fruit, its branches overshadowing all these regions.

Verily, Thou art the Mighty, the Powerful and Unconstrained.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá




REVEALED TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE WESTERN STATES

The following commune is to be read ... every day:


O God! O God! This is a broken-winged bird and his flight is very slow

- assist him so that he may fly toward the apex of prosperity and salvation,

wing his way with the utmost joy and happiness throughout the illimitable space,

 raise his melody in Thy Supreme Name in all the regions,

exhilarate the ears with this call, and brighten the eyes by beholding the signs of guidance.


O Lord! I am single, alone and lowly.

For me there is no support save Thee, no helper except Thee and no sustainer beside Thee.

Confirm me in Thy service, assist me with the cohorts of Thy angels,

 make me victorious in the promotion of  Thy Word and suffer me

 to speak out Thy wisdom amongst Thy creatures.

Verily, Thou art the helper of the weak and the defender of the little ones,

and verily Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty and the Unconstrained.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá




REVEALED TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF CANADA

Praise be to Thee, O my God!
 
These are Thy servants who are attracted by the fragrances of Thy mercifulness,

 are enkindled by the fire burning in the tree of Thy singleness,

 and whose eyes are brightened by beholding

the splendors of the light shining in the Sinai of Thy oneness.


O Lord! Loose their tongues to make mention of Thee amongst Thy people,

suffer them to speak forth Thy praise through Thy grace and loving-kindness,

assist them with the cohorts of Thine angels, strengthen their loins in Thy service,

and make them the signs of Thy guidance amongst Thy creatures.


Verily, Thou art the All-Powerful, the Most Exalted, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Merciful.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá  




REVEALED TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF CANADA

The spreaders of the fragrances of God should recite this prayer every morning:


O God, my God! Thou beholdest this weak one begging for celestial strength,

this poor one craving Thy heavenly treasures,

this thirsty one longing for the fountain of eternal life,

 this afflicted one yearning for Thy promised healing

 through Thy boundless mercy

which Thou hast destined for Thy chosen servants in Thy kingdom on high.


O Lord! I have no helper save Thee, no shelter besides Thee,

 and no sustainer except Thee.

Assist me with Thine angels to diffuse Thy holy fragrances

and to spread abroad Thy teachings amongst the choicest of Thy people.


O my Lord! Suffer me to be detached from aught else save Thee,

 to hold fast to the hem of Thy bounty, to be wholly devoted to Thy Faith,

 to remain fast and firm in Thy love and to observe what Thou hast prescribed in Thy Book.


Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty, the Omnipotent.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá
 


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