Bahá’í Prayers for Tests & Difficulties




Dispel my grief by Thy bounty and Thy generosity, O God, my God,

and banish mine anguish through Thy sovereignty and Thy might.

Thou seest me, O my god, with my face set towards Thee

at a time when sorrows have compassed me on every side.

I implore Thee, O Thou Who art the Lord of all being,

and overshadowest all things visible and invisible,

by Thy Name whereby Thou hast subdued the hearts and the souls of men,

and by the billows of the Ocean of Thy mercy and the splendors of the Daystar of Thy bounty,

to number me with them whom nothing whatsoever hath deterred from setting their faces toward Thee,

O Thou Lord of all names and Maker of the heavens!

Thou beholdest, O my Lord, the things which have befallen me in Thy days.

I entreat Thee, by Him Who is the Dayspring of Thy names and the Dawning-Place of Thine attributes,

to ordain for me what will enable me to arise to serve Thee and to extol Thy virtues.

Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the Most Powerful, Who art wont to answer the prayers of all men!

And, finally, I beg of Thee by the light of Thy countenance to bless my affairs, and redeem my debts, and satisfy my needs.

Thou art He to Whose power and to Whose dominion every tongue hath testified,

and Whose majesty and Whose sovereignty every understanding heart hath acknowledged.

No God is there but Thee, Who hearest and art ready to answer.

- Bahá'u'lláh



Lauded and glorified art thou, O my God!

I entreat Thee by the sighing of Thy lovers and by the tears shed by them that long to behold Thee,

not to withhold from me Thy tender mercies in Thy Day,

nor to deprive me of the melodies of the Dove that extolleth Thy oneness before the light that shineth from thy face.

I am the one who is in misery, O God! Behold me cleaving fast to Thy Name, the All-Possessing.

I am the one who is sure to perish; behold me clinging to Thy Name, the Imperishable.

I implore Thee, therefore, by Thy Self, the Exalted, the Most High,

not to abandon me unto mine own self and unto the desires of a corrupt inclination.

Hold Thou my hand with the hand of Thy power,

and deliver me from the depths of my fancies and idle imaginings,

and cleanse me of all that is abhorrent unto Thee.

Cause me, then, to turn wholly unto Thee, to put my whole trust in Thee,

to seek Thee as my Refuge, and to flee unto Thy face.

Thou art, verily, He Who, through the power of His might, doeth whatsoever He desireth,

and commandeth, through the potency of His will, whatsoever He chooseth.

None can withstand the operation of Thy decree; none can divert the course of Thine appointment.

Thou art, in truth, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Most Bountiful.

- Bahá'u'lláh



Is there any Remover of difficulties save God?

Say: Praised be God! He is God!

All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!

- The Báb
 



Say: God sufficeth all things above all things,

and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth.

Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent.

- The Báb
 



I adjure Thee by Thy might, O my God!

Let no harm beset me in times of tests,

and in moments of heedlessness guide my steps aright through Thine inspiration.

Thou art God, potent art Thou to do what Thou desirest.

No one can withstand Thy Will or thwart Thy Purpose.

- The Báb



O Lord! Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the Dispeller of every affliction.

Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow

and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of every soul. O Lord!

Grant deliverance through Thy mercy,

and reckon me among such servants of Thine as have gained salvation.

- 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, a

nd 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



O my Lord, my Beloved, my Desire!

Befriend me in my loneliness and accompany me in my exile. Remove my sorrow.

Cause me to be devoted to Thy beauty. Withdraw me from all else save Thee.

Attract me through Thy fragrances of holiness.

Cause me to be associated in Thy Kingdom with those who are severed from all else save Thee,

who long to serve Thy sacred threshold and who stand to work in Thy Cause.

Enable me to be one of Thy maidservants who have attained to Thy good pleasure.

Verily, Thou art the Gracious, the Generous.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá  



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