Bahá’í Prayers for Youth



O Thou kind Lord! From the horizon of detachment Thou hast manifested souls that,

even as the shining moon, shed radiance upon the realm of heart and soul,

rid themselves from the attributes of the world of existence and hastened forth unto the kingdom of immortality.

With a drop from the ocean of Thy loving kindness Thou didst oft-times moisten the gardens of their hearts

until they gained incomparable freshness and beauty.

The holy fragrance of Thy divine unity was diffused far and wide, shedding its sweet savours over the entire world,

causing the regions of the earth to be redolent with perfume.

Raise up then, O Spirit of Purity, souls who,

like those sanctified beings, will become free and pure,

Will adorn the world of being with a new raiment and a wondrous robe, will seek no one else but Thee,

tread no path except the path of Thy good-pleasure and will speak of naught but the mysteries of Thy Cause.

O Thou kind Lord! Grant that this youth may attain unto that which is the highest aspiration of the holy ones.

Endow him with the wings of Thy strengthening grace -- wings of detachment and divine aid

--that he may soar thereby into the atmosphere of Thy tender mercy, be able to partake of Thy celestial bestowals,

may become a sign of divine guidance and a standard of the Concourse on high.

Thou art the Potent, the Powerful, the Seeing, the Hearing.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá
 



O Thou kind Lord! Graciously bestow a pair of heavenly wings unto each of these fledglings,

and give them spiritual power

that they may wing their flight through this limitless space

and may soar to the heights of the Abhá Kingdom.

O Lord! Strengthen these fragile seedlings that each one may become a fruitful tree, verdant and flourishing.

Render these souls victorious through the potency of Thy celestial hosts,

that they may be able to crush the forces of error

and ignorance and to unfurl the standard of fellowship and guidance amidst the people; that they may,

even as the reviving breaths of the spring,

refresh and quicken the trees of human souls and like unto vernal showers make the meads of that region green and fertile.

Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful; Thou art the Bestower and the All-Loving.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá



O Thou kind Lord! Bestow heavenly confirmation upon this daughter of the Kingdom

and graciously aid her that she may remain firm and steadfast in Thy Cause and that she may,

even as a nightingale of the rose garden of mysteries,

warble melodies in the Abha Kingdom in most wondrous tones,

thereby bringing happiness to everyone.

Make her exalted among the daughters of the Kingdom and enable her to attain life eternal.

Thou art the Bestower, the All-Loving.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá



O Lord! Make this youth radiant, and confer Thy bounty upon this poor creature.

Bestow upon him knowledge, grant him added strength at the break of every morn

and guard him within the shelter of Thy protection so that he may be freed from error,

may devote himself to the service of Thy Cause,

may guide the wayward, lead the hapless, free the captives and awaken the heedless,

that all may be blessed with Thy remembrance and praise.

Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá
 



Praise and glory be to Thee, O Lord my God!

This is a choice sapling which Thou hast planted in the meads of Thy love

and hast nurtured with the fingers of Thy Lordship.

Thou hast watered it from the well-spring of everlasting life which streameth forth

from the gardens of Thy oneness and

Thou hast caused the clouds of Thy tender mercy to shower Thy favors upon it.

It hath now grown and developed beneath the shelter of Thy blessings

 which are manifest from the Dayspring of Thy divine essence.

It hath burst forth into leaves and blossoms,

is laden with fruit through the providence of Thy wondrous gifts

and bounties and is stirred by the fragrant breeze wafting from the direction of Thy loving-kindness.

O Lord! Cause this sapling to become verdant, fresh and flourishing

by the outpourings of Thy special bounty and favor,

wherewith Thou hast endued the tabernacles of holiness in Thy eternal Kingdom

and hast adorned the essences of unity in the arena of reunion.

O Lord! Assist him through Thy strengthening grace which proceedeth from Thine invisible Kingdom,

aid him with such hosts as are hidden from the eyes of Thy servants

and grant that he may have a sure footing in Thy presence.

Unloose his tongue to make mention of Thee and gladden his heart to celebrate Thy praise.

Illumine his face in Thy Kingdom, prosper him in the realm above

and graciously confirm him to serve Thy Cause.

Thou art the All-Powerful, the All-Glorious, the Omnipotent.

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá



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