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Twelve Step Prayers with Baha’i Prayers

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By Anonymous

The Twelve Step Prayers were created using the text of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  The text used to develop the prayers are shown at the end of the prayer in parenthesis.  In my attempt to show how the principles of the Baha’i Faith integrate so well into the 12 Steps, and to provide resources to those in both communities, I have integrated Baha’i prayers that can be used to complement each of them.  I hope you find it helpful.

The Set Aside Prayer:

Dear God please help me to set aside everything I think I know about [people. place or thing] so I may have an open mind and a new experience.  Please help me to see the truth about [people. place or thing]. AMEN. (This prayer comes from the Chapter to the Agnostic, primarily pages 47 and 48).

O my God, my Lord and my Master! I have detached myself from my kindred and have sought through Thee to become independent of all that dwell on earth and ever ready to receive that which is praiseworthy in Thy sight. Bestow on me such good as will make me independent of aught else but Thee, and grant me an ampler share of Thy boundless favors. Verily, Thou art the Lord of grace abounding.  (The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 21)

Step One:  We admitted we were powerless over [our addiction] – that our lives had become unmanageable.

First Step Prayer

Dear Lord, Help me to see and admit that I am powerless over my alcoholism. Help me to understand how my alcoholism has led to unmanageability in my life. Help me this day to understand the true meaning of powerlessness. Remove from me all denial of my alcoholism. (This prayer is developed from the chapter, More About Alcoholism)

I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth. There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Prayers, p. 3)

Inspire them, O my Lord, with a sense of their own powerlessness before Him Who is the Manifestation of Thy Self, and teach them to recognize the poverty of their own nature in the face of the manifold tokens of Thy self-sufficiency and riches, that they may gather together round Thy Cause, and cling to the hem of Thy mercy, and cleave to the cord of the good-pleasure of Thy will.  Thou art the Lord of the worlds, and of all those who show mercy, art the Most Merciful.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations, XXXVI)

Step Two:  Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Second Step Prayer

Heavenly Father, I am having trouble with personal relationships. I can’t control my emotional nature. I am prey to misery and depression. I can’t make a living. I feel useless. I am full of fear. I am unhappy. I can’t seem to be of real help to others. I know in my heart that only you can restore me to sanity if I am just willing to stop doubting your power. I humbly ask that you help me to understand that it is more powerful to believe than not to believe and that you are either everything or nothing. (p. 52:2, 52:3, 53:1, 53:2)

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 Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 27)

O God, my God! Be Thou not far from me, for tribulation upon tribulation hath gathered about me. O God, my God! Leave me not to myself, for the extreme of adversity hath come upon me. Out of the pure milk, drawn from the breasts of Thy loving-kindness, give me to drink, for my thirst hath utterly consumed me. Beneath the shadow of the wings of Thy mercy shelter me, for all mine adversaries with one consent have fallen upon me. Keep me near to the throne of Thy majesty, face to face with the revelation of the signs of Thy glory, for wretchedness hath grievously touched me. With the fruits of the Tree of Thine Eternity nourish me, for uttermost weakness hath overtaken me. From the cups of joy, proffered by the hands of Thy tender mercies, feed me, for manifold sorrows have laid mighty hold upon me. With the broidered robe of Thine omnipotent sovereignty attire me, for poverty hath altogether despoiled me. Lulled by the cooing of the Dove of Thine Eternity, suffer me to sleep, for woes at their blackest have befallen me. Before the throne of Thy oneness, amid the blaze of the beauty of Thy countenance, cause me to abide, for fear and trembling have violently crushed me. Beneath the ocean of Thy forgiveness, faced with the restlessness of the leviathan of glory, immerse me, for my sins have utterly doomed me.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 233)

Step Three:  Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

3rd Step Prayer:

God, I offer myself to thee – to build with me and do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help, of Thy Power, Thy Love and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always! (63:2 original manuscript)

3rd Step Prayer of Dr. Bob

Dear God, I’m sorry about the mess I’ve made of my life. I want to turn away from all the wrong things I’ve ever done and all the wrong things I’ve ever been. Please forgive me for it all. I know You have the power to change my life and can turn me into a winner. Thank You, God for getting my attention long enough to interest me in trying it Your way. God, please take over the management of my life and everything about me. I am making this conscious decision to turn my will and my life over to Your care and am asking You to please take over all parts of my life. Please, God, move into my heart. However You do it is Your business, but make Yourself real inside me and fill my awful emptiness. Fill me with your love and Holy Spirit and make me know Your will for me. And now, God, help Yourself to me and keep on doing it. I’m not sure I want You to, but do it anyhow. I rejoice that I am now a part of Your people, that my uncertainty is gone forever, and that You now have control of my will and my life. Thank You and I praise Your name. Amen.

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 Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 27)

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-Baha, Baha’i Prayers, p. 29)

Step Four:  Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

A Pre-Inventory Prayer:

God, please help me to honestly take stock. Help me to search out the flaws in my make-up which caused my failure. Help me to see where resentment has plagued me and resulted in spiritual malady, but more importantly help me to understand my part in these resentments. Help me to resolutely look for my own mistakes and to understand where I had been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and frightened. Please help me to be searching and fearless in my endeavor to write my inventory.” (p. 64:2, 64:3, 67:2)

O God, my God! My back is bowed by the burden of my sins, and my heedlessness hath destroyed me. Whenever I ponder my evil doings and Thy benevolence, my heart melteth within me, and my blood boileth in my veins. By Thy Beauty, O Thou the Desire of the world! I blush to lift up my face to Thee, and my longing hands are ashamed to stretch forth toward the heaven of Thy bounty. Thou seest, O my God, how my tears prevent me from remembering Thee and from extolling Thy virtues, O Thou the Lord of the Throne on high and of earth below! I implore Thee by the signs of Thy Kingdom and the mysteries of Thy Dominion to do with Thy loved ones as becometh Thy bounty, O Lord of all being, and is worthy of Thy grace, O King of the seen and the unseen!  (Bahá’u’lláh, Long Obligatory Prayer, Baha’i Prayers, p. 13-14)

A 4th Step Resentment Prayer:

God, Please help me to be free of anger and to see that the world and its people have dominated me. Show me that the wrong-doing of others, fancied or real, has the power to actually kill me. Help me to master my resentments by understanding that the people who wrong me were perhaps spiritually sick. Please help me show those I resent the same Tolerance, Pity and Patience that I would cheerfully grant a sick friend.** Help me to see that this is a sick man. Father, please show me how I can be helpful to him and save me from being angry. Lord, help me to avoid retaliation or argument. I know I can’t be helpful to all people, but at least show me how to take a kindly and tolerant view of each and every one. Thy will be done.  (66:2, 66:3, 66:4, 67:0, 67:1)

These instructions are for the following prayer (Big Book, Freedom from Bondage, p. 552):

‘If you have a resentment you want to be free of, if you will pray for the person or the thing that you resent, you will be free. If you will ask in prayer for everything you want for yourself to be given to them, you will be free…Even when you don’t really want it for them, and your prayers are only words and you don’t mean it, go ahead and do it anyway. Do it every day for two weeks and you will find you have come to mean it and to want it for them, and you will realize that where you used to feel bitterness and resentment and hatred, you now feel compassionate understanding and love.’

Dear God, I have a resentment towards a person that I want to be free of. So, I am asking you to give this person everything I want for myself. Help me to feel compassionate understanding and love for this person. I pray that they will receive everything they need. Thank you God for your help and strength with this resentment.  (BB, Freedom from Bondage:  552)

You can, also, include the Freedom from Bondage Prayer in the 4th Step Resentment Prayer.

O MY GOD! my Beloved, my heart’s Desire! Thou knowest, Thou seest that which hath befallen this servant of Thine, that hath humbled himself at Thy Door, and Thou knowest the sins committed against him by the people of malice, they that have broken Thy Covenant and turned their backs on Thy Testament. In the day-time they afflicted me with the arrows of hate and in the night-season they privily conspired to hurt me. At dawn they committed that which the Celestial Concourse did lament and at eventide they unsheathed against me the sword of tyranny and hurled in the presence of the ungodly their darts of calumny upon me. Notwithstanding their misdeeds, this lowly servant of Thine was patient and did endure every affliction and trial at their hands, though by Thy power and might he could have destroyed their words, quenched their fire and stayed the flame of their rebelliousness.

Thou seest, O my God! how my long-suffering, my forbearance and silence have increased their cruelty, their arrogance and their pride. By Thy Glory, O Beloved One! They have misbelieved in Thee and rebelled against Thee in such wise that they left me not a moment of rest and quiet, that I might arise as it is meet and seemly, to exalt Thy Word amidst mankind, and might serve at Thy Threshold of Holiness with a heart that overfloweth with the joy of the dwellers of the Abhá Kingdom.

O Lord! My cup of woe runneth over, and from all sides blows are fiercely raging upon me. The darts of affliction have compassed me round and the arrows of distress have rained upon me. Thus tribulation overwhelmed me and my strength, because of the onslaught of the foemen, became weakness within me, while I stood alone and forsaken in the midst of my woes. Lord! Have mercy upon me, lift me up unto Thyself and make me to drink from the Chalice of Martyrdom, for the wide world with all its vastness can no longer contain me. Thou art, verily, the Merciful, the Compassionate, the Gracious, the All-Bountiful!  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Will and Testament, p. 23)

An Example of Fear Prayer:

God, thank you for helping me be honest enough to see this truth about myself and now that you have shown me the truth about my fears, please remove these fears from me. Lord, please help me outgrow my fears and direct my attention to what you would have me be. Father, demonstrate through me and help me become that which you would have me be. Help me do thy will always, Amen.  (68:3)

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 151)

An Example of Pre-Sex Inventory Prayer:

God, please help me to be free of fear as I attempt to shine the spotlight of truth across my past sex relations. Lord, please show me where my behavior has harmed others and help me to see the truth these relationships hold for me. Help me see where I have been at fault and what I should have done differently. (From the thoughts on pg. 69)

God, help me review my own conduct over the years past. Show me where I have been selfish, dishonest, or inconsiderate. Show me whom I have hurt and where I have unjustifiably aroused jealousy, suspicion or bitterness. Help me to see where I was at fault and what I should have done instead. Help me to be fearless and searching in my endeavor to write my sexual inventory. (69:1)

O my Glorious Lord! Help me to refrain from every irregular inclination; to subdue every rebelious passion; to purify the motives of my conduct; to conform myself to that meekness which no provocation can ruffle; to that patience which no affliction can overwhelm; to that integrity which no self-interest can shake; that I may be qualified to serve Thee and to teach Thy Word.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, English Sources and Authenticity of Fifteen Prayers in the Dutch Prayer Book, Bahá’í Gebeden by Universal House of Justice 2001-10-22)

A Sex Prayer:

Father, please help me mold my sex ideals and help me to live up to them. Help me be willing to grow toward my ideals and help me be willing to make amends where I have done harm. Lord, please show me what to do in each specific matter, and be the final judge in each situation. Help me avoid hysterical thinking or advice. (69:2, 69:3)

Father, please Grace me with guidance in each questionable situation, sanity, and strength to do the right thing. If sex becomes very troublesome, quiet my imperious urge, help me not to yield and keep me from heartache as I throw myself the harder into helping others. Help me think of their needs and help me work for them. Amen. (69:2, 69:3, 70:2)

O Divine Providence! Bestow Thou in all things purity and cleanliness upon the people of Bahá. Grant that they be freed from all defilement, and released from all addictions. Save them from committing any repugnant act, unbind them from the chains of every evil habit, that they may live pure and free, wholesome and cleanly, worthy to serve at Thy Sacred Threshold and fit to be related to their Lord. Deliver them from intoxicating drinks and tobacco, save them, rescue them, from this opium that bringeth on madness, suffer them to enjoy the sweet savours of holiness, that they may drink deep of the mystic cup of heavenly love and know the rapture of being drawn ever closer unto the Realm of the All-Glorious. For it is even as Thou hast said: ‘All that thou hast in thy cellar will not appease the thirst of my love—bring me, O cup-bearer, of the wine of the spirit a cup full as the sea!  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 149-150)

Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope! Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire! Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being,  and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who art my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me, O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!  (Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Prayers, p. 141)

Step Five:   Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

A Pre-Fifth Step Prayer:

God, please help me to complete my housecleaning by admitting to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs. Please remove any fears I have about this step and show me how completion of it will remove my egotism and fear. Help me to see how this step builds my character through humility, fearlessness and honesty. Direct me to the right person who will keep my confidence and fully understand and approve what I am driving at. Then help me to pocket my pride and go to it, illuminating every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past so I may complete this step and begin to feel near to you.” (72:1, 72:2, 73:0, 74:2, 75:2)

O Thou kind Lord! These are Thy servants who have gathered in this meeting, have turned unto Thy kingdom and are in need of Thy bestowal and blessing. O Thou God! Manifest and make evident the signs of Thy oneness which have been deposited in all the realities of life. Reveal and unfold the virtues which Thou hast made latent and concealed in these human realities.  O God! We are as plants, and Thy bounty is as the rain; refresh and cause these plants to grow through Thy bestowal. We are Thy servants; free us from the fetters of material existence. We are ignorant; make us wise. We are dead; make us alive. We are material; endow us with spirit. We  111  are deprived; make us the intimates of Thy mysteries. We are needy; enrich and bless us from Thy boundless treasury. O God! Resuscitate us; give us sight; give us hearing; familiarize us with the mysteries of life, so that the secrets of Thy kingdom may become revealed to us in this world of existence and we may confess Thy oneness. Every bestowal emanates from Thee; every benediction is Thine.  Thou art mighty. Thou art powerful. Thou art the Giver, and Thou art the Ever-Bounteous.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 110)

O Thou forgiving Lord! Thou art the shelter of all these Thy servants. Thou knowest the secrets and art aware of all things. We are all helpless, and Thou art the Mighty, the Omnipotent. We are all sinners, and Thou art the Forgiver of sins, the Merciful, the Compassionate. O Lord! Look not at our shortcomings. Deal with us according to Thy grace and bounty. Our shortcomings are many, but the ocean of Thy forgiveness is boundless. Our weakness is grievous, but the evidences of Thine aid and assistance are clear.  82  Therefore, confirm and strengthen us. Enable us to do that which is worthy of Thy holy Threshold. Illumine our hearts, grant us discerning eyes and attentive ears. Resuscitate the dead and heal the sick. Bestow wealth upon the poor and give peace and security to the fearful. Accept us in Thy kingdom and illumine us with the light of guidance. Thou are the Powerful and the Omnipotent. Thou art the Generous. Thou art the Clement. Thou art the Kind.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 81)

Fifth Step Prayer

Higher Power, Thank you for helping me complete my housecleaning. I can now look the world in the eye. I can be alone at perfect peace and ease. My fears have fallen from me. I have begun to feel your nearness. I have begun to have a spiritual experience. I feel I am on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe. (75:2)

O Lord of all being and Possessor of all things visible and invisible! Thou dost perceive my tears and the sighs I utter, and hearest my groaning, and my wailing, and the lamentation of my heart. By Thy might! My trespasses have kept me back from drawing nigh unto Thee; and my sins have held me far from the court of Thy holiness. Thy love, O my Lord, hath enriched me, and separation from Thee hath destroyed me, and remoteness from Thee hath consumed me. I entreat Thee by Thy footsteps in this wilderness, and by the words “Here am I. Here am I” which Thy chosen Ones have uttered in this immensity, and by the breaths of Thy Revelation, and the gentle winds of the Dawn of Thy Manifestation, to ordain that I may gaze on Thy beauty and observe whatsoever is in Thy Book.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Prayers, p. 12)

A Quiet Hour Prayer:

God, Thank You for giving me the strength, faith and courage I needed to get through my 5th Step. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me to know you better, by showing me what has been blocking me from you. Father, please show me if I have omitted anything and help me to honestly see if my stones are properly in place or if I have skimped in any area of this work. (75:3)

O my God, O my God, have pity on my impotence, my abasement, my indigence, my shame, and my humility. Give me the cup of Thy forgiveness and Thy gift, move me by the breath of Thy love, dilate my breast by the light of Thy knowledge, purify my person by the mysteries of Thy Singleness, and quicken me through the breezes of the garden of Thy mercy so that I may sever myself from all beside Thee, lay hold of the hem of the mantle of Thy majesty, forget aught else save Thee, be associated with the fragrance of Thy days, be enabled to continue faithful in the threshold of Thy sanctity and stand up in the service of Thy Cause, be submissive and lowly before Thy beloved ones and to account myself as nothing in the presence of Thy chosen ones. Verily, Thou art the Helper, the Assister, the Exalted, the Generous!  (Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v2, p. 366)

Step Six:   Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

A 6th Step prayer:

God, Thank you for removing my fear and for showing me the truth about myself. Father, I need your help to become willing to let go of the things in me which continue to block me off from you. Please grant me your Grace Lord and make me willing to have these objectionable characteristics, defects and shortcomings removed.  (76:1)

Dear God, I am ready for Your help in removing from me the defects of character which I now realize are an obstacle to my recovery. Help me to continue being honest with myself & guide me toward spiritual & mental health. (76:1)

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 Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 28)

Step Seven:  Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Seventh Step Prayer

My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good & bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you & my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here to do Your bidding. (76:2)

I beg Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention but the mention of Thee, and for every praise but the praise of Thee, and for every delight but delight in Thy nearness, and for every pleasure but the pleasure of communion with Thee, and for every joy but the joy of Thy love and of Thy good-pleasure, and for all things pertaining unto me which bear no relationship unto Thee, O Thou Who art the Lord of lords, He Who provideth the means and unlocketh the doors.  (The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 79)

My God, Whom I worship and adore! I bear witness unto Thy unity and Thy oneness, and acknowledge Thy gifts, both in the past and in the present. Thou art the All-Bountiful, the overflowing showers of Whose mercy have rained down upon high and low alike, and the splendors of Whose grace have been shed over both the obedient and the rebellious. O God of mercy, before Whose door the quintessence of mercy hath bowed down, and round the sanctuary of Whose Cause loving-kindness, in its inmost spirit, hath circled, we beseech Thee, entreating Thine ancient grace, and seeking Thy present favor, that Thou mayest have mercy upon all who are the manifestations of the world of being, and deny them not the outpourings of Thy grace in Thy days.  All are but poor and needy, and Thou, verily, art the All-Possessing, the All-Subduing, the All-Powerful.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Prayers, p. 99)

O Lord! Thou seest this essence of sinfulness turning unto the ocean of Thy favour and this feeble one seeking the kingdom of Thy divine power and this poor creature inclining himself towards the day-star of Thy wealth. By Thy mercy and Thy grace, disappoint him not, O Lord, nor debar him from the revelations of Thy bounty in Thy days, nor cast him away from Thy door which Thou hast opened wide to all that dwell in Thy heaven and on Thine earth.  Alas! Alas! My sins have prevented me from approaching the Court of Thy holiness and my trespasses have caused me to stray far from the Tabernacle of Thy majesty. I have committed that which Thou didst forbid me to do and have put away what Thou didst order me to observe.  I pray Thee by Him Who is the sovereign Lord of Names to write down for me with the Pen of Thy bounty that which will enable me to draw nigh unto Thee and will purge me from my trespasses which have intervened between me and Thy forgiveness and Thy pardon.  Verily, Thou art the Potent, the Bountiful. No God is there but Thee, the Mighty, the Gracious.  (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 25)

O Thou Provider, O Thou Forgiver! Grant us Thy grace and loving-kindness, Thy gifts and Thy bestowals, and sustain us, that we may attain our goal. Thou art the Powerful, the Able, the Knower, the Seer; and verily Thou art the Generous, and verily Thou art the All-Merciful, and verily Thou art the Ever-Forgiving, He to Whom repentance is due, He Who forgiveth even the most grievous of sins. (Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 233)

Step Eight:  Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

An Eighth Step Prayer:

God, Please remove my Fears and show me your truth. Show me all the harms I have caused with my behavior and help me be willing to make amends to one and all. Help me to be willing to go to any lengths for victory over alcohol. (76:3)

I confess, O my God, that whatever proceedeth from me is wholly unworthy of Thy sovereignty and falleth short of Thy majesty. And yet I beseech Thee by Thy Name through which Thou hast revealed Thy Self, in the glory of Thy most excellent titles, unto all created things, in this Revelation whereby Thou hast, through Thy  254  most resplendent Name, manifested Thy beauty, to give me to drink of the wine of Thy mercy and of the pure beverage of Thy favor, which have streamed forth from the right hand of Thy will, that I may so fix my gaze upon Thee and be so detacted from all else but Thee, that the world and all that hath been created therein may appear before me as a fleeting day which Thou hast not deigned to create.  I moreover entreat Thee, O my God, to rain down, from the heaven of Thy will and the clouds of Thy mercy, that which will cleanse us from the noisome savors of our transgressions, O Thou Who hast called Thyself the God of Mercy! Thou art, verily, the Most Powerful, the All-Glorious, the Beneficent.  (Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Prayers, p. 252)

Step Nine:  Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

A 9th Step Prayer :

God, with regard to this amend, give me the strength, courage and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be. Help me not to shrink from anything. Help me not to delay if it can be avoided. Help me to be sensible, tactful, considerate and humble without being servile or scraping.  (79:1, 83:3)

O Thou Provider, O Thou Forgiver! Grant us Thy grace and loving-kindness, Thy gifts and Thy bestowals, and sustain us, that we may attain our goal. Thou art the Powerful, the Able, the Knower, the Seer; and, verily, Thou art the Generous, and, verily, Thou art the All-Merciful, and, verily, Thou art the Ever-Forgiving, He to Whom repentance is due, He Who forgiveth even the most grievous of sins.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 21)

A 9th Step prayer for the Spouse:

God, please show me how to make amends to my Spouse. Father , Help me to keep my Spouse’s happiness Uppermost in my mind as I try, with your Grace, to make this relationship right. Amen (82:1)

O God, my God! This Thy handmaid is calling upon Thee, trusting in Thee, turning her face unto Thee, imploring Thee to shed Thy heavenly bounties upon her, and to disclose unto her Thy spiritual mysteries, and to cast upon her the lights of Thy Godhead.  O my Lord! Make the eyes of my husband to see. Rejoice Thou his heart with the light of the knowledge of Thee, draw Thou his mind unto Thy luminous beauty, cheer Thou his spirit by revealing unto him Thy manifest splendours.  O my Lord! Lift Thou the veil from before his sight. Rain down Thy plenteous bounties upon him, intoxicate him with the wine of love for Thee, make him one of Thy angels whose feet walk upon this earth even as their souls are soaring through the high heavens. Cause him to become a brilliant lamp, shining out with the light of Thy wisdom in the midst of Thy people.  Verily Thou art the Precious, the Ever-Bestowing, the Open of Hand.  (Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 121)

A 9th Step Prayer for the Family:

God, please show me how to find the way of Patience, Tolerance, Kindness and Love in my heart, my Mind and my Soul. Lord, show me how to demonstrate these principles to my family and all those about me. Amen. (83:1)

O my God, my Lord and my Master! I have detached myself from my kindred and have sought through Thee to become independent of all that dwell on earth and ever ready to receive that which is praiseworthy in Thy sight. Bestow on me such good as will make me independent of aught else but Thee, and grant me an ampler share of Thy boundless favors. Verily, Thou art the Lord of grace abounding.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 21)

Step Ten:  Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

A 10th Step prayer for Growth and Effectiveness:

God, please help me Watch for Selfishness, Dishonesty, Resentment and Fear. When these crop up in me, help me to immediately ask you to remove them from me and help me discuss these feelings with someone. Father, help me to quickly make amends if I have harmed anyone and help me to resolutely turn my thoughts to someone I can Help. Help me to be Loving and Tolerant of everyone today. Amen  (84:2)

Make me ready, in all circumstances, O my Lord, to serve Thee and to set myself towards the adored sanctuary of Thy Revelation and of Thy Beauty. If it be Thy pleasure, make me to grow as a tender herb in the meadows of Thy grace, that the gentle winds of Thy will may stir me up and bend me into conformity with Thy pleasure, in such wise that my movement and my stillness may be wholly directed by Thee.  (Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 240)

Do Thou accept all that we have done for love of Thee, and for the sake of Thy pleasure, and all that we have left undone as a result of our subjection to ur evil and corrupt desires. Enable us, then, to cleave steadfastly to Thy love and Thy good pleasure, and preserve us from the mischief of such as have denied Thee and repudiated Thy most resplendent signs. Thou art, in truth, the Lord of this world and of the next. No God is there beside Thee, the Exalted, the Most High.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Prayers, p. 257)

Tenth Step Prayer

My Higher Power, My daily prayer is to best serve you, I pray I may continue to grow in understanding & effectiveness; Help me to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear; Help me to be willing to have You remove them at once; I must be willing to discuss them with someone immediately; I will make amends quickly if I have harmed anyone; And then I will turn my thoughts toward helping someone else; Please help me to remember to practice love and tolerance of others. (84:2)

I beg Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention but the mention of Thee, and for every praise but the praise of Thee, and for every delight but delight in Thy nearness, and for every pleasure but the pleasure of communion with Thee, and for every joy but the joy of Thy love and of Thy good-pleasure, and for all things pertaining unto me which bear no relationship unto Thee, O Thou Who art the Lord of lords, He Who provideth the means and unlocketh the doors.  (The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 79)

Tenth Step Amends Prayer

God, please forgive me for my failings today. I know that because of my failings, I was not able to be as effective as I could have been for you. Please forgive me and help me live thy will better today.  I ask you now to show me how to correct the errors I have just outlined. Guide me and direct me. Please remove my arrogance and my fear. Show me how to make my relationships right and grant me the humility and strength to do thy will.  (86:1)

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.  O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.  (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i Prayers, p. 150)

Step Eleven:  Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

The 11th Step Prayers:

A Prayer On Awakening:

God please direct my thinking and keep my thoughts divorced from self – pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.  Please keep my thought life clear from wrong motives and help me employ my mental faculties, that my thought-life might be placed on a higher plane, the plane of inspiration. (86:2)

O Thou the Desire of the world and the Beloved of the nations! Thou seest me turning toward Thee, and rid of all attachment to anyone save Thyself, and clinging to Thy cord, through whose movement the whole creation hath been stirred up. I am Thy servant, O my Lord, and the son of Thy servant. Behold me standing ready to do Thy will and Thy desire, and wishing naught else except Thy good pleasure. I implore Thee by the Ocean of Thy mercy and the Daystar of Thy grace to do with Thy servant as Thou willest and pleasest. By Thy might which is far above all mention and praise! Whatsoever is revealed by Thee is the desire of my heart and the beloved of my soul. O God, my God! Look not upon my hopes and my doings, nay rather look upon Thy will that hath encompassed the heavens and the earth. By Thy Most Great Name, O Thou Lord of all nations! I have desired only what Thou didst desire, and love only what Thou dost love.  (Baha’u’llah, Long Obligatory Prayer, Baha’i Prayers, p. 7)

A Morning Prayer:

God, should I find myself agitated, doubtful or indecisive today, please give me inspiration, help me to have an intuitive thought or a decision about this problem I face. Help me not to struggle, instead, help me to relax and take it easy. Help me know what I should do and keep me mindful, that you are running the show.  Free me from my bondage of self. Thy will be done always. (86:3)

I have wakened in Thy shelter, O my God, and it becometh him that seeketh that shelter to abide within the Sanctuary of Thy protection and the Stronghold of Thy defense. Illumine my inner being, O my Lord, with the splendors of the Dayspring of Thy Revelation, even as Thou didst illumine my outer being with the morning light of Thy favor.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Prayers, p. 116)

A Morning Prayer:

God, please show me all through this day, what my next step is to be and please grace me with whatever I need to take care of the problems in my life today. I ask especially that you free me from the bondage of self-will.  (87:1)

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.  O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.  Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy!  Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me.  Thine is the absolute authority to command.  (The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 55)

 An 11th Step Nightly Review Prayer:

God, help me to constructively review my day. Where was I resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do I owe an apology? Have I kept something to myself which should be discussed with another person at once? Was I kind and loving toward all? What could I have done better? Was I thinking of myself most of the time? Or was I thinking of what I could do for others, of what I could pack into the stream of life? Please forgive me for my harms and wrongs today and let me know corrective measures I should be take.  (86:2)

O seeker of Truth! If thou desirest that God my open thine eye, thou must supplicate unto God, pray to and commune with Him at midnight, saying:

O Lord, I have turned my face unto Thy kingdom of oneness and am immersed in the sea of Thy mercy. O Lord, enlighten my sight by beholding Thy lights in this dark night, and make me happy by the wine of Thy love in this wonderful age. O Lord, make me hear Thy call, and open before my face the doors of Thy heaven, so that I may see the light of Thy glory and become attracted to Thy beauty. Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Generous, the Merciful, the Forgiving.  (‘Abdul-Baha, Baha’i Prayers, p. 60)

 Step Twelve:  Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to [those who share our addiction], and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Twelfth Step Prayer

Dear God, Having had a spiritual experience, I must now remember that “faith without works is dead.” And practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with others [who share my addiction]. So, God, please help me to carry this message to others! Provide me with the guidance and wisdom to talk with [those who are suffering] because I can help when no one else can. Help me secure his confidence and remember he is ill. (89:1)

O Lord! O Lord! Make me severed from the world and void of its conditions, attracted by the fragrances of Thy holiness among Thy maid-servants, free in heart, happy in soul, cheerful in mind, longing for the Kingdom of Thy Beauty, and glowing with the fire of Thy love in the world. Thus may I enkindle the light of guidance in the hearts of Thy servants.  Verily, Thou are the Powerful, the Bestower, the Precious, the Mighty!  (Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v1, p. 111)

He is the All-Glorious!  O God, my God! Lowly and tearful, I raise my suppliant hands to Thee and cover my face in the dust of that Threshold of Thine, exalted above the knowledge of the learned, and the praise of all that glorify Thee. Graciously look upon Thy servant, humble and lowly at Thy door, with the glances of the eye of Thy mercy, and immerse him in the Ocean of Thine eternal grace.

Lord! He is a poor and lowly servant of Thine, enthralled and imploring Thee, captive in Thy hand, praying fervently to Thee, trusting in Thee, in tears before Thy face, calling to Thee and beseeching Thee, saying:

O Lord, my God! Give me Thy grace to serve Thy loved ones, strengthen me in my servitude to Thee, illumine my brow with the light of adoration in Thy court of holiness, and of prayer to Thy kingdom of grandeur. Help me to be selfless at the heavenly entrance of Thy gate, and aid me to be detached from all things within Thy holy precincts. Lord! Give me to drink from the chalice of selflessness; with its robe clothe me, and in its ocean immerse me. Make me as dust in the pathway of Thy loved ones, and grant that I may offer up my soul for the earth ennobled by the footsteps of Thy chosen ones in Thy path, O Lord of Glory in the Highest. With this prayer doth Thy servant call Thee, at dawntide and in the night-season. Fulfill his heart’s desire, O Lord! Illumine his heart, gladden his bosom, kindle his light, that he may serve Thy Cause and Thy-servants.  Thou art the Bestower, the Pitiful, the Most Bountiful, the Gracious, the Merciful, the Compassionate.  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 233)

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What the Prayers for Letting Go Teach Us

 

In another blog posting, I’ve shared some of my favorite prayers for letting go.  Now I want to look at what studying these prayers can teach us.  Have a look with me!

We start by learning who we are.

I am: 

  • the son of Thy servant and Thy handmaiden
  • one of Thy servants, who hath believed on Thee and on Thy signs
  • standing before the habitation of Thy mercy
  • circling round God’s Will
  • eagerly awaiting the revelation of the effulgent splendours of the sun of God’s favours
  • poor and needy
  • calling upon Thee
  • ever ready to receive that which is praiseworthy in Thy sight
  • the sign of divine guidance
  • the banner that flutters in the field of sacrifice
  • bewildered by the matchless tokens of Thy Revelation
  • bewildered by the wondrous evidences of Thy dawning forth
  • bewildered by Thy signs and traces that have encompassed both heaven and earth

I have:

  • great humbleness
  • entire devotion
  • been wakened by the sweetness of His voice
  • entered and sought shelter beneath the shadow of the tree of His oneness
  • turned my face in the direction of His loving-kindness
  • set my face towards Him
  • turned my eyes towards the horizon of God’s bounty
  • set myself towards the door of His mercy
  • fixed my heart firmly on God
  • laid hold on the handle of His grace
  • clung to the cord of His tender mercy
  • been set ablaze with the fire of His Cause
  • panted after the fountain of His living waters
  • detached myself from everything but God
  • rid myself from the attributes of the world of existence
  • sanctified myself from the transitory things of this world
  • freed myself from the promptings of the voicers of idle fancies
  • fled from those who have denied the light of His countenance
  • not been hindered by the ungodly from looking upon His face
  • sought to become independent of all that dwell on earth
  • detached myself from my kindred
  • sought no desire, friend, companion, comforter or beloved but God
  • left my home in my longing to meet Him
  • circumambulated the sanctuary of His grandeur
  • shed radiance upon the realm of heart and soul
  • hastened forth unto the kingdom of immortality

I am Grateful that God

  • made known to me He Who is the Day-Spring of His mercy, the Dawning-Place of His grace, and the Repository of His Cause
  • enabled me to recognize His Manifestation
  • caused me to turn wholly towards His grace and bountiful favors
  • sanctified me from the hints of the infidels and the allusions of the misbelievers
  • severed me from His enemies
  • laid bare before my eyes their misdeeds and wicked works
  • rid me of all attachment to them
  • empowered me to be steadfast in His love
  • enabled me to speak forth His praise and extol His virtues
  • gave me to drink of the cup of His mercy
  • woke me up from my sleep
  • stirred me up
  • created in me the desire to perceive what most of His servants have failed to apprehend

I am blessed because I have

  • set myself towards God
  • hasted to attain the Dayspring of the lights of His face
  • turned to the Dawning-Place of His Revelation and the Fountainhead of His inspiration
  • expended in His path what He bestowed upon me through His bounty and favor
  • cast away all  else except Him
  • enjoyed intimate communion with Him
  • rid myself of all attachment to anyone save Him
  • drawn nigh unto the Fire is which He kindled in His land, and heard its roaring
  • for all the troubles which have touched me in His path

 I Ask God For . . . 

Assistance

  • to bestow upon me a portion of His gifts and bounties
  • to make me independent of all things
  • to quaff the living waters of His loving-kindness
  • to send down His calm

Bounties 

  • to deny me not His grace
  • to deprive me not of the immensities of His riches
  • to withhold not from me what He ordained for the chosen among His servants
  • to forgive my sins
  • to exhilarate my heart
  • to ordain for me the good things that are with Him
  • to supply me with all the excellence that can be found on earth
  • to grant me an ampler share of His boundless favors
  • to grant me a portion from His unbounded felicity
  • to open to my face the portals of His bestowals
  • to recognize what He has desired for me
  • to partake of His celestial bestowals
  • to give me to drink from His chalice, tempered at the Camphor Fountain
  • to attain that which is the highest aspiration of the holy ones
  • to be afflicted every moment with a fresh tribulation for love of God and His pleasure
  • that the span of my earthly life could be extended to embrace the lives of the former and the latter generations
  • to reap the benefit of my life in this world and in the next

Detachment

  • to illumine me with the light of detachment so I can utterly forget all else except God
  • to adorn my head with the crown of detachment from anyone and anything but God
  • to dispense with all except God
  • to be occupied only with God
  • for God to be sufficient
  • to break off from me the shackles of this world
  • to make me independent of anything else but God
  • to be wholly carried away from myself
  • to blot out from my heart all idle fancies and vain imaginings
  • to become wholly detached from my inclinations, corrupt and evil desires
  • to free me from the assaults of passion and desire
  • to rend asunder the veils that have hindered me
  • to soar to such heights that nothing would have the power to keep me back
  • to turn away from this mortal world and from those who have set their hearts on it
  • to be satisfied with whatsoever God hast ordained for me

Happiness and Joy 

  • to brighten my face with the lights of Thy bestowals
  • to light my eyes by beholding the signs of God’s all-subduing might
  • to rejoice me with the wine of loving Him
  • to gladden my soul with soul-reviving tidings of great joy
  • to let my heart be dilated with joy through the spirit of confirmation from His kingdom

Mercy

  • to attire my inner and outer being with God’s favors and loving-kindness
  • to confer upon me Thy tender mercy and bestowals
  • to be exalted in both worlds
  • to bless me
  • to do  that which is good
  • to soar into the atmosphere of Thy tender mercy
  • to hasten my passing
  • to yield my  life in Thy path and ascend to Thee, wholly detached from anything else but Thee
  • to wing my flight towards Thee
  • to intercede on my behalf in the presence of the ever-living, sovereign Lord
  • to write down for me the good of this world and of the world to come
  • for my soul to ascend unto the loftiest mansions and pass into the presence of my all-glorious Companion
  • to cast not away this suppliant from the doors of Thy grace, bounty, and gifts
  • to deprive me not of the breezes of Thy tender mercy
  • to shatter not my hopes of attaining the shores of Thy glory
  • to grant that I may be numbered among those who have recognized Thee and acknowledged Thy sovereignty

Nearness 

  • to draw nigh unto God with all my affections
  • to draw me with rapture unto Thy supernal realm
  • to draw me nearer unto the river that is life indeed
  • to be drawn towards Thy throne
  • to drive me not away from Thee
  • to grant that I may lay hold on Thy cord at all times and under all conditions
  • to not be far removed from the shelter of Thy mercy
  • to abide within the precincts of Thy court
  • to enable Me to have communion and close association with the world of immortality
  • to have heavenly power
  • to rest under the shadow of the wings of Thy grace

Obedience

  • to graciously assist me and my kindred to obey Thee
  • to carry out what Thou hast prescribed unto me in Thy Tablets
  • to pour out Thy steadfastness
  • to serve Thy Law
  • to attire me with the robe of righteousness
  • to shun whatsoever may stir up any evil or corrupt desire within me
  • to tread no path except the path of Thy good-pleasure
  • to be wholly dissolved in God’s wish
  • to hold fast to that which pleases God
  • to bedeck my temple with the robe of humility and lowliness before the revelation of Thy laws and Thy commandments

Others 

  • to confer Thy blessings upon the Messengers, the holy ones and the righteous
  • to deprive not Thy grace to all that love Thee
  • to turn not away such as have directed their steps towards Thee
  • to let Thy celestial aid surround those who love Thee
  • to pour forth upon all them that are dear to Thee what will preserve them from fear and trembling
  • to not cast out them that have sought Thee

Protection

  • to keep me safe from whatsoever may be abhorrent unto Thee

Sacrifice

  • to be laid down as a sacrifice for you
  • so my entire being may be a sacrifice for the blood of the chosen ones of God
  • so my life may be offered up for the dust of these martyrs

Service 

  • to arise to serve Thee
  • to be occupied only with Thy Self

Strength 

  • to enrapture my soul with Thy most mighty signs
  • to accept whatever God has bestowed upon me
  • to nourish me from the Table of Thy bounty and the heaven of Thy favor
  • to refresh me with the breathings of Thy holiness
  • to strengthen me through the breaths of the Holy Spirit
  • to quaff my fill from the choice sealed wine
  • to quicken me with the reviving breath of heavenly communion
  • to endow me with the wings of Thy strengthening grace
  • to enable me to soar on wings of detachment and divine aid

Teaching

  • to exalt Thy Word
  • to proclaim Thy Cause
  • to promote Thy Teachings
  • to become a sign of divine guidance
  • to become a standard of the Concourse on high
  • to make me a minaret of Thy love in Thy land
  • to exalt God’s Word amongst His creatures
  • to proclaim His Cause amidst His servants
  • to speak of naught but the mysteries of Thy Cause
  • to spread abroad Thy signs and tokens
  • to raise up souls who will become free and pure
  • to adorn the world of being with a new raiment and a wondrous robe
  • to summon the hosts of wisdom and utterance to my assistance
  • to make me a banner of divine bounty in His dominion
  • to make me a lamp of God’s knowledge among His creatures

Transformation 

  • to be so lengthened that no man on the face of the earth could measure me
  • to give me to quaff Thy choice sealed Wine
  • to take me away from myself
  • to make me entirely devoted to Thy remembrance

Vision 

  • to behold the hosts of divine assistance descending successively upon me
  • to delight my heart with the glory of Thy knowledge
  • to discover the revelations of Thine almighty power
  • to make me able to behold whatsoever Thou hast desired
  • to keep my eyes directed towards the horizon of Thy Revelation
  • to open to my face the portals of Thy grace
  • to remove the veil from my eyes

I’m acknowledging that:

  • There is no God besides Him
  • God is far greater than the Great One men call Him
  • God’s being is inscrutable to all save God
  • All things testify to God’s power, might and sovereignty
  • Within God’s grasp lie the reins of all affairs
  • God is powerful to do what He wills
  • God’s might is equal to all things
  • God is glorified and lauded
  • All the peoples of the world are powerless to resist His force
  • God’s help is sought by all men
  • God’s grace is immense
  • God is invincible in His power and the most skillful in His designs
  • No one else do we invoke but God
  • No one do we beseech but God’s favors
  • God’s is the absolute authority to command
  • God aids whomsoever He wills with whatever He pleases
  • If God was to bestow on one of His creatures what would equal the kingdoms of earth and heaven, it would still not diminish by even as much as an atom the immensity of His dominion

And that

  • God has called me unto Him
  • God has revealed His knowledge unto me
  • God is my Hope and my Beloved, my highest Aim and Desire
  • Unto God I repair for refuge and toward all His signs I set my heart
  • Remoteness from God has well-nigh consumed me
  • Separation from God has melted my heart within me
  • My soul burns with thirst in its ceaseless search after God
  • My sighs proclaim the bitterness of my anguish
  • The tears I shed attest my love for God
  • My eyes expect to gaze on the wonders of His mercy
  • My ears long to hearken unto  His sweet melodies
  • My heart yearns for the living waters of His knowledge
  • God well knows the secrets of my heart and sees whatsoever is of me
  • Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in God

And that He is:

  • He Whose help is implored by all men
  • my Beloved
  • my Desire
  • my God
  • my Lord
  • my Master
  • potent to do what He wills
  • the Able
  • the All-Compelling
  • the All-Glorious
  • the All-Knowing
  • the All-Loving
  • the All-Possessing
  • the All-Powerful
  • the All-Sufficing
  • the All-Wise
  • the Almighty
  • the Beloved of every understanding heart
  • the Beneficent
  • the Creator
  • the Desire of such as have near access unto Thee
  • the Ever-Forgiving
  • the Goal of my desire
  • the God of all that are in heaven and all that are on earth
  • the God of glory
  • the God of knowledge and wisdom
  • the God of Mercy
  • the God of power
  • the Hearing
  • the Help in Peril
  • The kind Lord
  • the King of all Kings
  • The King of this world and the Kingdom above
  • the Lord of all created things
  • the Lord of all mankind
  • the Lord of bounty and grace
  • The Lord of dominion and might
  • the Lord of grace abounding
  • The Lord of the Kingdom
  • the Lord of the worlds
  • the Maker of the heavens and of the earth
  • The merciful
  • the Mighty
  • the Most Bountiful
  • the Most Compassionate
  • the Most Exalted
  • the Most Generous
  • the Most Merciful
  • the Omnipotent
  • the Peerless
  • the Possessor of all names and attributes
  • the Possessor of this world and of the next.
  • the Potent
  • the Powerful
  • the Rich
  • the Seeing
  • the Self-Subsisting
  • the Sovereign
  • The Spirit of Purity
  • Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy

Why is knowing all these names important?

Because, in the short Healing Prayer, we read:

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Prayers, p. 85)

Reciting and meditating on them will bring us healing!

How has this helped you understand the prayers for assistance with tests better?  Post your comments below!

What the Prayers for Letting Go Teach Us

In another blog posting, I’ve shared some of my favorite prayers for letting go.  Now I want to look at what studying these prayers can teach us.  Have a look with me!

We start by learning who we are.

I am: 

  • the son of Thy servant and Thy handmaiden
  • one of Thy servants, who hath believed on Thee and on Thy signs
  • standing before the habitation of Thy mercy
  • circling round God’s Will
  • eagerly awaiting the revelation of the effulgent splendours of the sun of God’s favours
  • poor and needy
  • calling upon Thee
  • ever ready to receive that which is praiseworthy in Thy sight
  • the sign of divine guidance
  • the banner that flutters in the field of sacrifice
  • bewildered by the matchless tokens of Thy Revelation
  • bewildered by the wondrous evidences of Thy dawning forth
  • bewildered by Thy signs and traces that have encompassed both heaven and earth

I have:

  • great humbleness
  • entire devotion
  • been wakened by the sweetness of His voice
  • entered and sought shelter beneath the shadow of the tree of His oneness
  • turned my face in the direction of His loving-kindness
  • set my face towards Him
  • turned my eyes towards the horizon of God’s bounty
  • set myself towards the door of His mercy
  • fixed my heart firmly on God
  • laid hold on the handle of His grace
  • clung to the cord of His tender mercy
  • been set ablaze with the fire of His Cause
  • panted after the fountain of His living waters
  • detached myself from everything but God
  • rid myself from the attributes of the world of existence
  • sanctified myself from the transitory things of this world
  • freed myself from the promptings of the voicers of idle fancies
  • fled from those who have denied the light of His countenance
  • not been hindered by the ungodly from looking upon His face
  • sought to become independent of all that dwell on earth
  • detached myself from my kindred
  • sought no desire, friend, companion, comforter or beloved but God
  • left my home in my longing to meet Him
  • circumambulated the sanctuary of His grandeur
  • shed radiance upon the realm of heart and soul
  • hastened forth unto the kingdom of immortality

I am Grateful that God

  • made known to me He Who is the Day-Spring of His mercy, the Dawning-Place of His grace, and the Repository of His Cause
  • enabled me to recognize His Manifestation
  • caused me to turn wholly towards His grace and bountiful favors
  • sanctified me from the hints of the infidels and the allusions of the misbelievers
  • severed me from His enemies
  • laid bare before my eyes their misdeeds and wicked works
  • rid me of all attachment to them
  • empowered me to be steadfast in His love
  • enabled me to speak forth His praise and extol His virtues
  • gave me to drink of the cup of His mercy
  • woke me up from my sleep
  • stirred me up
  • created in me the desire to perceive what most of His servants have failed to apprehend

I am blessed because I have

  • set myself towards God
  • hasted to attain the Dayspring of the lights of His face
  • turned to the Dawning-Place of His Revelation and the Fountainhead of His inspiration
  • expended in His path what He bestowed upon me through His bounty and favor
  • cast away all  else except Him
  • enjoyed intimate communion with Him
  • rid myself of all attachment to anyone save Him
  • drawn nigh unto the Fire is which He kindled in His land, and heard its roaring
  • for all the troubles which have touched me in His path

 I Ask God For . . . 

Assistance

  • to bestow upon me a portion of His gifts and bounties
  • to make me independent of all things
  • to quaff the living waters of His loving-kindness
  • to send down His calm

Bounties 

  • to deny me not His grace
  • to deprive me not of the immensities of His riches
  • to withhold not from me what He ordained for the chosen among His servants
  • to forgive my sins
  • to exhilarate my heart
  • to ordain for me the good things that are with Him
  • to supply me with all the excellence that can be found on earth
  • to grant me an ampler share of His boundless favors
  • to grant me a portion from His unbounded felicity
  • to open to my face the portals of His bestowals
  • to recognize what He has desired for me
  • to partake of His celestial bestowals
  • to give me to drink from His chalice, tempered at the Camphor Fountain
  • to attain that which is the highest aspiration of the holy ones
  • to be afflicted every moment with a fresh tribulation for love of God and His pleasure
  • that the span of my earthly life could be extended to embrace the lives of the former and the latter generations
  • to reap the benefit of my life in this world and in the next

Detachment

  • to illumine me with the light of detachment so I can utterly forget all else except God
  • to adorn my head with the crown of detachment from anyone and anything but God
  • to dispense with all except God
  • to be occupied only with God
  • for God to be sufficient
  • to break off from me the shackles of this world
  • to make me independent of anything else but God
  • to be wholly carried away from myself
  • to blot out from my heart all idle fancies and vain imaginings
  • to become wholly detached from my inclinations, corrupt and evil desires
  • to free me from the assaults of passion and desire
  • to rend asunder the veils that have hindered me
  • to soar to such heights that nothing would have the power to keep me back
  • to turn away from this mortal world and from those who have set their hearts on it
  • to be satisfied with whatsoever God hast ordained for me

Happiness and Joy 

  • to brighten my face with the lights of Thy bestowals
  • to light my eyes by beholding the signs of God’s all-subduing might
  • to rejoice me with the wine of loving Him
  • to gladden my soul with soul-reviving tidings of great joy
  • to let my heart be dilated with joy through the spirit of confirmation from His kingdom

Mercy

  • to attire my inner and outer being with God’s favors and loving-kindness
  • to confer upon me Thy tender mercy and bestowals
  • to be exalted in both worlds
  • to bless me
  • to do  that which is good
  • to soar into the atmosphere of Thy tender mercy
  • to hasten my passing
  • to yield my  life in Thy path and ascend to Thee, wholly detached from anything else but Thee
  • to wing my flight towards Thee
  • to intercede on my behalf in the presence of the ever-living, sovereign Lord
  • to write down for me the good of this world and of the world to come
  • for my soul to ascend unto the loftiest mansions and pass into the presence of my all-glorious Companion
  • to cast not away this suppliant from the doors of Thy grace, bounty, and gifts
  • to deprive me not of the breezes of Thy tender mercy
  • to shatter not my hopes of attaining the shores of Thy glory
  • to grant that I may be numbered among those who have recognized Thee and acknowledged Thy sovereignty

Nearness 

  • to draw nigh unto God with all my affections
  • to draw me with rapture unto Thy supernal realm
  • to draw me nearer unto the river that is life indeed
  • to be drawn towards Thy throne
  • to drive me not away from Thee
  • to grant that I may lay hold on Thy cord at all times and under all conditions
  • to not be far removed from the shelter of Thy mercy
  • to abide within the precincts of Thy court
  • to enable Me to have communion and close association with the world of immortality
  • to have heavenly power
  • to rest under the shadow of the wings of Thy grace

Obedience

  • to graciously assist me and my kindred to obey Thee
  • to carry out what Thou hast prescribed unto me in Thy Tablets
  • to pour out Thy steadfastness
  • to serve Thy Law
  • to attire me with the robe of righteousness
  • to shun whatsoever may stir up any evil or corrupt desire within me
  • to tread no path except the path of Thy good-pleasure
  • to be wholly dissolved in God’s wish
  • to hold fast to that which pleases God
  • to bedeck my temple with the robe of humility and lowliness before the revelation of Thy laws and Thy commandments

Others 

  • to confer Thy blessings upon the Messengers, the holy ones and the righteous
  • to deprive not Thy grace to all that love Thee
  • to turn not away such as have directed their steps towards Thee
  • to let Thy celestial aid surround those who love Thee
  • to pour forth upon all them that are dear to Thee what will preserve them from fear and trembling
  • to not cast out them that have sought Thee

Protection

  • to keep me safe from whatsoever may be abhorrent unto Thee

Sacrifice

  • to be laid down as a sacrifice for you
  • so my entire being may be a sacrifice for the blood of the chosen ones of God
  • so my life may be offered up for the dust of these martyrs

Service 

  • to arise to serve Thee
  • to be occupied only with Thy Self

Strength 

  • to enrapture my soul with Thy most mighty signs
  • to accept whatever God has bestowed upon me
  • to nourish me from the Table of Thy bounty and the heaven of Thy favor
  • to refresh me with the breathings of Thy holiness
  • to strengthen me through the breaths of the Holy Spirit
  • to quaff my fill from the choice sealed wine
  • to quicken me with the reviving breath of heavenly communion
  • to endow me with the wings of Thy strengthening grace
  • to enable me to soar on wings of detachment and divine aid

Teaching

  • to exalt Thy Word
  • to proclaim Thy Cause
  • to promote Thy Teachings
  • to become a sign of divine guidance
  • to become a standard of the Concourse on high
  • to make me a minaret of Thy love in Thy land
  • to exalt God’s Word amongst His creatures
  • to proclaim His Cause amidst His servants
  • to speak of naught but the mysteries of Thy Cause
  • to spread abroad Thy signs and tokens
  • to raise up souls who will become free and pure
  • to adorn the world of being with a new raiment and a wondrous robe
  • to summon the hosts of wisdom and utterance to my assistance
  • to make me a banner of divine bounty in His dominion
  • to make me a lamp of God’s knowledge among His creatures

Transformation 

  • to be so lengthened that no man on the face of the earth could measure me
  • to give me to quaff Thy choice sealed Wine
  • to take me away from myself
  • to make me entirely devoted to Thy remembrance

Vision 

  • to behold the hosts of divine assistance descending successively upon me
  • to delight my heart with the glory of Thy knowledge
  • to discover the revelations of Thine almighty power
  • to make me able to behold whatsoever Thou hast desired
  • to keep my eyes directed towards the horizon of Thy Revelation
  • to open to my face the portals of Thy grace
  • to remove the veil from my eyes

I’m acknowledging that:

  • There is no God besides Him
  • God is far greater than the Great One men call Him
  • God’s being is inscrutable to all save God
  • All things testify to God’s power, might and sovereignty
  • Within God’s grasp lie the reins of all affairs
  • God is powerful to do what He wills
  • God’s might is equal to all things
  • God is glorified and lauded
  • All the peoples of the world are powerless to resist His force
  • God’s help is sought by all men
  • God’s grace is immense
  • God is invincible in His power and the most skillful in His designs
  • No one else do we invoke but God
  • No one do we beseech but God’s favors
  • God’s is the absolute authority to command
  • God aids whomsoever He wills with whatever He pleases
  • If God was to bestow on one of His creatures what would equal the kingdoms of earth and heaven, it would still not diminish by even as much as an atom the immensity of His dominion

And that

  • God has called me unto Him
  • God has revealed His knowledge unto me
  • God is my Hope and my Beloved, my highest Aim and Desire
  • Unto God I repair for refuge and toward all His signs I set my heart
  • Remoteness from God has well-nigh consumed me
  • Separation from God has melted my heart within me
  • My soul burns with thirst in its ceaseless search after God
  • My sighs proclaim the bitterness of my anguish
  • The tears I shed attest my love for God
  • My eyes expect to gaze on the wonders of His mercy
  • My ears long to hearken unto  His sweet melodies
  • My heart yearns for the living waters of His knowledge
  • God well knows the secrets of my heart and sees whatsoever is of me
  • Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in God

And that He is:

  • He Whose help is implored by all men
  • my Beloved
  • my Desire
  • my God
  • my Lord
  • my Master
  • potent to do what He wills
  • the Able
  • the All-Compelling
  • the All-Glorious
  • the All-Knowing
  • the All-Loving
  • the All-Possessing
  • the All-Powerful
  • the All-Sufficing
  • the All-Wise
  • the Almighty
  • the Beloved of every understanding heart
  • the Beneficent
  • the Creator
  • the Desire of such as have near access unto Thee
  • the Ever-Forgiving
  • the Goal of my desire
  • the God of all that are in heaven and all that are on earth
  • the God of glory
  • the God of knowledge and wisdom
  • the God of Mercy
  • the God of power
  • the Hearing
  • the Help in Peril
  • The kind Lord
  • the King of all Kings
  • The King of this world and the Kingdom above
  • the Lord of all created things
  • the Lord of all mankind
  • the Lord of bounty and grace
  • The Lord of dominion and might
  • the Lord of grace abounding
  • The Lord of the Kingdom
  • the Lord of the worlds
  • the Maker of the heavens and of the earth
  • The merciful
  • the Mighty
  • the Most Bountiful
  • the Most Compassionate
  • the Most Exalted
  • the Most Generous
  • the Most Merciful
  • the Omnipotent
  • the Peerless
  • the Possessor of all names and attributes
  • the Possessor of this world and of the next.
  • the Potent
  • the Powerful
  • the Rich
  • the Seeing
  • the Self-Subsisting
  • the Sovereign
  • The Spirit of Purity
  • Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy

Why is knowing all these names important?

Because, in the short Healing Prayer, we read:

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Baha’i Prayers, p. 85)

Reciting and meditating on them will bring us healing!

How has this helped you understand the prayers for assistance with tests better?  Post your comments below!

Prayers to Help Us Let Go

 

Say: O God, my God! Thou beholdest me circling round Thy Will with mine eyes turned towards the horizon of Thy bounty, eagerly awaiting the revelation of the effulgent splendours of the sun of Thy favours. I beg of Thee, O Beloved of every understanding heart and the Desire of such as have near access unto Thee, to grant that Thy loved ones may become wholly detached from their own inclinations, holding fast unto that which pleaseth Thee. Attire them, O Lord, with the robe of righteousness and illumine them with the splendours of the light of detachment. Summon then to their assistance the hosts of wisdom and utterance that they may exalt Thy Word amongst Thy creatures and proclaim Thy Cause amidst Thy servants. Verily, potent art Thou to do what Thou willest, and within Thy grasp lie the reins of all affairs. No God is there but Thee, the Mighty, the Ever-Forgiving.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 59)

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Suffer me, O my God, to draw nigh unto Thee, and to abide within the precincts of Thy court, for remoteness from Thee hath well-nigh consumed me. Cause me to rest under the shadow of the wings of Thy grace, for the flame of my separation from Thee hath melted my heart within me. Draw me nearer unto the river that is life indeed, for my soul burneth with thirst in its ceaseless search after Thee. My sighs, O my God, proclaim the bitterness of mine anguish, and the tears I shed attest my love for Thee.

I beseech Thee, by the praise wherewith Thou praisest Thyself and the glory wherewith Thou glorifiest Thine own Essence, to grant that we may be numbered among them that have recognized Thee and acknowledged Thy sovereignty in Thy days. Help us then to quaff, O my God, from the fingers of mercy the living waters of Thy loving-kindness, that we may utterly forget all else except Thee, and be occupied only with Thy Self. Powerful art Thou to do what Thou willest. No God is there beside Thee, the Mighty, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.  Glorified be Thy name, O Thou Who art the King of all Kings!  (Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 30)

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Glorified art Thou, O my God! I yield Thee thanks that Thou hast made known unto me Him Who is the Day-Spring of Thy mercy, and the Dawning-Place of Thy grace, and the Repository of Thy Cause. I beseech Thee by Thy Name, through which the faces of them that are nigh unto Thee have turned white, and the hearts of such as are devoted to Thee have winged their flight towards Thee, to grant that I may, at all times and under all conditions, lay hold on Thy cord, and be rid of all attachment to any one except Thee, and may keep mine eyes directed towards the horizon of Thy Revelation, and may carry out what Thou hast prescribed unto me in Thy Tablets.

Attire, O my Lord, both my inner and outer being with the raiment of Thy favors and Thy loving-kindness. Keep me safe, then, from whatsoever may be abhorrent unto Thee, and graciously assist me and my kindred to obey Thee, and to shun whatsoever may stir up any evil or corrupt desire within me. Thou, truly, art the Lord of all mankind, and the Possessor of this world and of the next. No God is there save Thee, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.  (Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 225)

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Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! I yield Thee thanks for having enabled me to recognize the Manifestation of Thyself, and for having severed me from Thine enemies, and laid bare before mine eyes their misdeeds and wicked works in Thy days, and for having rid me of all attachment to them, and caused me to turn wholly towards Thy grace and bountiful favors. I give Thee thanks, also, for having sent down upon me from the clouds of Thy will that which hath so sanctified me from the hints of the infidels and the allusions of the misbelievers that I have fixed my heart firmly on Thee, and fled from such as have denied the light of Thy countenance. Again I thank Thee for having empowered me to be steadfast in Thy love, and to speak forth Thy praise and to extol Thy virtues, and for having given me to drink of the cup of Thy mercy that hath surpassed all things visible and invisible. Thou art the Almighty, the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious, the All-Loving.  (Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 110)

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We render Thee thanks, O our Lord, for all the troubles which have touched us in Thy path. Oh, that the span of my earthly life could be so extended as to embrace the lives of the former and the latter generations, or could even be so lengthened that no man on the face of the earth could measure it, and be afflicted every day and every moment with a fresh tribulation for love of Thee and for Thy pleasure’s sake!

Thou well knowest, however, O my God, that my wish is wholly dissolved in Thy wish, and that Thou hast irrevocably decreed that my soul should ascend unto the loftiest mansions of Thy Kingdom, and pass into the presence of my all-glorious Companion.

Hasten, by Thy grace and bounty, my passing, O my Lord, and pour forth upon all them that are dear to Thee what will preserve them from fear and trembling after me. Powerful art Thou to do whatsoever may please Thee. No God is there except Thee, the All-Glorious, the All-Wise.

Thou seest, O my Lord, how Thy servants have left their homes in their longing to meet Thee, and how they have been hindered by the ungodly from looking upon Thy face, and from circumambulating the sanctuary of Thy grandeur. Pour out Thy steadfastness and send down Thy calm upon them, O my Lord! Thou art, in truth, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.  (Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 17)

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Lauded by Thy name, O my God! I entreat Thee by the fragrances of the Raiment of Thy grace which at Thy bidding and in conformity with Thy desire were diffused throughout the entire creation, and by the Daystar of Thy will that hath shone brightly, through the power of Thy might and of Thy sovereignty, above the horizon of Thy mercy, to blot out from my heart all idle fancies and vain imaginings, that with all my affections I may turn unto Thee, O Thou Lord of all mankind!

I am Thy servant and the son of Thy servant, O my God! I have laid hold on the handle of Thy grace, and clung to the cord of Thy tender mercy. Ordain for me the good things that are with Thee,  and nourish me from the Table Thou didst send down out of the clouds of Thy bounty and the heaven of Thy favor.  Thou, in very truth, art the Lord of the worlds, and the God of all that are in heaven and all that are on earth.  (Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Prayers, p. 49)

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Many a chilled heart, O my God, hath been set ablaze with the fire of Thy Cause, and many a slumberer hath been wakened by the sweetness of Thy voice. How many are the strangers who have sought shelter beneath the shadow of the tree of Thy oneness, and how numerous the thirsty ones who have panted after the fountain of Thy living waters in Thy days!

Blessed is he that hath set himself towards Thee, and hasted to attain the Dayspring of the lights of Thy face. Blessed is he who with all his affections hath turned to the Dawning-Place of Thy Revelation and the Fountainhead of Thine inspiration. Blessed is he that hath expended in Thy path what Thou didst bestow upon him through Thy bounty and favor. Blessed is he who, in his sore longing after Thee, hath cast away all  else except Thyself. Blessed is he who hath enjoyed intimate communion with Thee, and rid himself of all attachment to anyone save Thee.

I beseech Thee, O my Lord, by Him Who is Thy Name, Who, through the power of thy sovereignty and might, hath risen above the horizon of His prison, to ordain for everyone what becometh Thee and beseemeth Thine exaltation.  Thy might, in truth, is equal to all things.  (Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Prayers, p. 50-51)

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I know not, O my God, what the Fire is which Thou didst kindle in Thy land. Earth can never cloud its splendor, nor water quench its flame. All the peoples of the world are powerless to resist its force. Great is the blessedness of him that hath drawn nigh unto it, and heard its roaring.

Some, O my God, Thou didst, through Thy strengthening grace, enable to approach it, while others Thou didst keep back by reason of what their hands have wrought in Thy days. Whoso hath hasted towards it and attained unto it hath, in his eagerness to gaze on Thy beauty, yielded his  life in Thy path, and ascended unto Thee, wholly detached from aught else except Thyself.

I beseech Thee, O my God, by this Fire which blazeth and rageth in the world of creation, to rend asunder the veils that have hindered me from appearing before the throne of Thy majesty, and from standing at the door of Thy gate. Do Thou ordain for me, O my Lord, every good thing Thou didst send down in Thy Book, and suffer me not to be far removed from the shelter of Thy mercy.  Powerful art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. Thou art, verily, the All-Powerful, the Most Generous.  (Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Prayers, p. 51-52)

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Praise be unto Thee, O my God! I am one of Thy servants, who hath believed on Thee and on Thy signs. Thou seest how I have set myself towards the door of Thy mercy, and turned my face in the direction of Thy loving-kindness. I beseech Thee, by Thy most excellent titles and Thy most exalted attributes, to open to my face the portals of Thy bestowals. Aid me, then, to do  that which is good, O Thou Who art the Possessor of all names and attributes!

I am poor, O my Lord, and Thou art the Rich. I have set my face towards Thee, and detached myself from all but Thee. Deprive me not, I implore Thee, of the breezes of Thy tender mercy, and withhold not from me what Thou didst ordain for the chosen among Thy servants.

Remove the veil from mine eyes, O my Lord, that I may recognize what Thou hast desired for Thy creatures, and discover, in all the manifestations of Thy handiwork, the revelations of Thine almighty power. Enrapture my soul, O my Lord, with Thy most mighty signs, and draw me out of the depths of my corrupt and evil desires. Write down, then, for me the good of this world and of the world to come. Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. No God is there but Thee, the All-Glorious, Who help is sought by all men.

I yield Thee thanks, O my Lord, that Thou hast wakened me from my sleep, and stirred me up, and created in me the desire to perceive what most of Thy servants have failed to apprehend. Make me able, therefore, O my Lord, to behold, for love of Thee and for the Sake of Thy pleasure,  whatsoever Thou hast desired. Thou art He to the power of Whose might and sovereignty all things testify.  There is none other God but Thee, the Almighty, the Beneficent.  (Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Prayers, p. 52-54)

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Magnified be Thy name, O Lord my God! Behold Thou mine eye expectant to gaze on the wonders of Thy mercy, and mine ear longing to hearken unto  Thy sweet melodies, and my heart yearning for the living waters of Thy knowledge. Thou seest Thy handmaiden, O my God, standing before the habitation of Thy mercy, and calling upon Thee by Thy name which Thou hast chosen above all other names and set up over all that are in heaven and on earth. Send down upon her the breaths of Thy mercy, that she may be carried away wholly from herself, and be drawn entirely towards the seat which, resplendent with the glory of Thy face, sheddeth afar the radiance of Thy sovereignty, and is established as Thy throne. Potent art Thou to do what Thou willest. No God is there beside Thee, the All-Glorious, the Most Bountiful.

Cast not out, I entreat Thee, O my Lord, them that have sought Thee, and turn not away such as have directed their steps towards Thee, and deprive not of Thy grace all that love Thee. Thou art He, O my Lord, Who hath called Himself the God of Mercy, the Most Compassionate. Have mercy, then, upon Thy handmaiden who hath sought Thy shelter, and set her face towards Thee.  Thou art, verily, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.  (Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 147-148)

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Glory to Thee, O my God! One of Thy handmaidens, who hath believed in Thee and in Thy signs, hath entered beneath the shadow of the tree of Thy oneness. Give her to quaff, O my God, by Thy Name, the Manifest and the Hidden, of Thy choice sealed Wine that it may take her away from her own self, and make her to be entirely devoted to Thy remembrance, and wholly detached from any one beside Thee.

Now that Thou hast revealed unto her the knowledge of Thee, O my Lord, deny her not, by Thy bounty, Thy grace; and now that Thou hast called her unto Thyself, drive her not away from Thee, through Thy favor. Supply her, then, with that which excelleth all that can be found on Thine earth.  Thou art, verily, the Most Bountiful, Whose grace is immense.

Wert Thou to bestow on one of Thy creatures what would equal the kingdoms of earth and heaven, it would still not diminish by even as much as an atom the immensity of Thy dominion. Far greater art Thou than the Great One men are wont to call Thee, for such a title is but one of Thy names all of which were created by a mere indication of Thy will.  There is no God but Thee, the God of power, the God of glory, the God of knowledge and wisdom.  (Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 156-157)

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Lauded be Thy name, O Thou Who art the Goal of my desire! I swear by Thy glory! How great is my wish to attain unto a detachment so complete that were there to appear before me those countenances which are hid within the chambers of chastity, and the beauty of which Thou didst veil from the eyes of the entire creation, and whose faces Thou didst sanctify from the sight of all beings, and were they to unveil themselves in all the glory of the splendors of Thine incomparable beauty, I would refuse to look upon them, and would behold them solely for the purpose of discerning the mysteries of Thy handiwork, which have perplexed the minds of such as have drawn nigh unto Thee, and awed the souls of all them that have recognized Thee. I would, by Thy power and Thy might, soar to such heights that nothing whatsoever would have the power to keep me back from the manifold evidences of Thy transcendent dominion, nor would any earthly scheme shut me out from the manifestations of Thy Divine holiness.  Glorified, immeasurably glorified art Thou, O my God, and my Beloved, and my Master, and my Desire! Shatter not the hopes of this lowly one to attain the shores of Thy glory, and deprive not this wretched creature of the immensities of Thy riches, and cast not away this suppliant from the doors of Thy grace, and Thy bounty, and Thy gifts. Have mercy, then, upon this poor and desolate soul who hath sought no friend but Thee, and no companion except Thee, and no comforter save Thee, and no beloved apart from Thee, nor cherished any desire but Thyself.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 337)

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O my God, my Lord and my Master! I have detached myself from my kindred and have sought through Thee to become independent of all that dwell on earth and ever ready to receive that which is praiseworthy in Thy sight. Bestow on me such good as will make me independent of aught else but Thee, and grant me an ampler share of Thy boundless favors. Verily, Thou art the Lord of grace abounding.  (The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 21)

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In the Name of Thy Lord, the Creator, the Sovereign, the All-Sufficing, the Most Exalted, He Whose help is implored by all men.

Say: O my God! O Thou Who art the Maker of the heavens and of the earth, O Lord of the Kingdom! Thou well knowest the secrets of my heart, while Thy Being is inscrutable to all save Thyself. Thou seest whatsoever is of me, while no one else can do this save Thee. Vouchsafe unto me, through Thy grace, what will enable me to dispense with all except Thee, and destine for me that which will make me independent of everyone else besides Thee. Grant that I may reap the benefit of my life in this world and in the next. Open to my face the portals of Thy grace, and graciously confer upon me Thy tender mercy and bestowals.

O Thou Who art the Lord of grace abounding! Let Thy celestial aid surround those who love Thee, and bestow upon us the gifts and the bounties Thou dost possess. Be Thou sufficient unto us of all things, forgive our sins and have mercy upon us. Thou art Our Lord and the Lord of all created things. No one else do we invoke but Thee, and naught do we beseech but thy favors. Thou art the Lord of bounty and grace, invincible in Thy power and the most skilfull in Thy designs. No god is there but Thee, the All-Possessing, the Most Exalted.  Confer Thy blessings, O my Lord, upon the Messengers, the holy ones and the righteous. Verily, Thou art God, the Peerless, the All-Compelling.  (The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 54-55)

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O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.  O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.  Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make  me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy!  Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever thou hast ordained for me.  Thine is the absolute authority to command.  (The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 55-56)

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O God, my God! Thou art my Hope and my Beloved, my highest Aim and Desire! With great humbleness and entire devotion I pray to Thee to make me a minaret of Thy love in Thy land, a lamp of Thy knowledge among Thy creatures, and a banner of divine bounty in Thy dominion.

Number me with such of Thy servants as have detached themselves from everything but Thee, have sanctified themselves from the transitory things of this world, and have freed themselves from the promptings of the voicers of idle fancies.

Let my heart be dilated with joy through the spirit of confirmation from Thy kingdom, and brighten my eyes by beholding the hosts of divine assistance descending successively upon me  from the kingdom of Thine omnipotent glory.  Thou art, in truth, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the All-Powerful.  (’Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i Prayers, p. 56-57)

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O God, my God! Fill up for me the cup of detachment from all things, and in the assembly of Thy splendors and bestowals, rejoice me with the wine of loving Thee. Free me from the assaults of passion and desire, break off from me the shackles of this nether world, draw me with rapture unto Thy supernal realm, and refresh me amongst the handmaids with the breathings of Thy holiness.  O Lord, brighten Thou my face with the lights of Thy bestowals, light Thou mine eyes with beholding the signs of Thine all-subduing might; delight my heart with the glory of Thy knowledge that encompasseth all things, gladden Thou my soul with Thy soul-reviving tidings of great joy, O Thou King of this world and the Kingdom above, O Thou Lord of dominion and might, that I may spread abroad Thy signs and tokens, and proclaim Thy Cause, and promote Thy Teachings, and serve Thy Law and exalt Thy Word.  Thou art, verily, the Powerful, the Ever-Giving, the Able, the Omnipotent.   (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 45)

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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-Baha, Fire and Light, p. 20)

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May my life be offered up for the dust of these martyrs; may my entire being be a sacrifice for the blood of the chosen ones of God, they who enjoy near access to His exalted Threshold, who are attracted to the summit of transcendent glory, and established upon the seat of truth in the all-glorious Kingdom.  O ye who have suffered martyrdom! O trustees of His Revelation! O distinguished men of virtue! O illustrious and noble ones May my inmost reality, my spirit, my entire being and whatsoever God hath bestowed upon me through His bounty and grace be laid down as a sacrifice for you.  I bear witness that ye are the radiant stars, the gleaming meteors, the resplendent full moons, the brilliant orbs in this wondrous Revelation. Well is it with you, O birds that warble in the gardens of divine unity; blessed are ye, O lions that roar in the forests of detachment; happy are ye. O leviathans that swim in the waters of His oneness. Verily ye are the signs of divine guidance. ye are the banners that flutter in the field of sacrifice.  I beseech God to bless me, through the breezes of holiness wafted from that glorious centre of sacrifice, and to quicken me with the reviving breath of heavenly communion blowing from that blessed region.  I beg you to intercede on my behalf in the presence of the ever-living, sovereign Lord that He may graciously suffer me to quaff my fill from the choice sealed wine, may grant me a portion from the unbounded felicity that ye enjoy and may exhilarate my heart by giving me to drink from your chalice which is tempered at the Camphor Fountain. Verily my Lord is merciful and forgiving. By bestowing the bounty of sacrifice in this realm of existence, He aideth whomsoever He willeth with whatsoever He pleaseth.  And upon you rest the glory of the Most Glorious!  (’Abdu’l-Baha, Fire and Light, p. 30)

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O Lord! Help this daughter of the Kingdom to be exalted in both worlds; cause her to turn away from this mortal world of dust and from those who have set their hearts thereon and enable her to have communion and close association with the world of immortality. Give her heavenly power and strengthen her through the breaths of the Holy Spirit that she may arise to serve Thee. Thou art the Mighty One.   (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Handmaidens of God – Bahá’í Prayers for Women)

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O God, my God! Fill up for me the cup of detachment from all things, and in the assembly of Thy splendours and bestowals, rejoice me with the wine of loving Thee. Free me from the assaults of passion and desire, break off from me the shackles of this nether world, draw me with rapture unto Thy supernal realm, and refresh me amongst the handmaids with the breathings of Thy holiness.  O Lord, brighten Thou my face with the lights of Thy bestowals, light Thou mine eyes with beholding the signs of Thine all-subduing might; delight my heart with the glory of Thy knowledge that encompasseth all things, gladden Thou my soul with Thy soul-reviving tidings of great joy, O Thou King of this world and the Kingdom above, O Thou Lord of dominion and might, that I may spread abroad Thy signs and tokens, and proclaim Thy Cause, and promote Thy Teachings, and serve Thy Law, and exalt Thy Word. Thou art verily the Powerful, the Ever-Giving, the Able, the Omnipotent.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 174)

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O Lord! I am Thy servant and the son of Thy servant and Thy handmaiden. I find myself bewildered by the matchless tokens of Thy Revelation, by the wondrous evidences of Thy dawning forth, and by Thy signs and traces that have encompassed both Thy heaven and Thine earth. I beseech Thee to adorn my head with the crown of detachment, and to bedeck my temple with the robe of humility and lowliness before the revelation of Thy laws and Thy commandments.  (Shoghi Effendi, Messages to the Indian Subcontinent, p. 433)

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Prayer Requests for Overcoming Codependency

By a Reader of this Blog who Wishes to Remain Anonymous

One of my clients, inspired by the Codependent Checklist went through the list, forgave himself and then asked God to forgive him for the issues he identified with, asking for the virtue he wanted instead.  We both agreed it would be helpful to share this process with others who might be inspired to do it for themselves.

Read it over once, and if it resonates with you, take the time to read each statement out loud for yourself, to have the greatest effect.

Caretaking

  • Please God, forgive me for thinking and feeling other people`s feelings, actions, choices, wants, needs, wellbeing, lack of wellbeing and ultimate destiny. Please help me to detach and let go of all these emotions.  I know you are there to take care of every one of us.  Please bless me with inner eyes so I can look at my inner and outer being and keep improving and learning and progressing in all aspects of my life, and can serve people with full detachment.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling anxiety and guilt when other people have problems. I completely surrender myself to you, and have realized that you are there to take care of others and my problems. O my God have mercy on me and let me drink a cup of your divine happiness which is from inside me and permanent.
  • O my God, please forgive me for anticipating other people`s needs. Please give me the wisdom to do things according to your priority and your requirements of every situation.
  • Please God, forgive me for finding myself saying yes when I mean no; doing things I don’t really want to be doing; doing more than my fair share of the work and doing things other people are capable of doing themselves. O my God help me let go of this wrong thinking that this is the kind of service you have in mind for me and help me to understand Your reality.  Please bless me with the power so that I can be my genuine self in all situations and can protect my respect and peace.
  • O my Master, please forgive me for trying to please others instead of myself and You. Help me to understand the actual meaning of this quote “the more you make others happy the more your happiness increases”.  Help me to realize that it is totally my responsibility to keep myself happy and my happiness is totally independent of everything except You and that it comes from inside me.
  • O my Beloved, please forgive me for finding it easier to feel and express anger about injustices done to others, rather than injustices done to me. By your wisdom I now know that every problem can be solved by keeping my mind calm and composed.  Bless me with utter power to handle every situation of injustice with Your support and guidance, realizing that everything passes.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling safest when giving to others. Please detach me from this emotion and help me to know I am safe because You are here to look after me and I have no fear now.  Bless and rejoice me with your utter happiness.
  • O my God, please forgive me for feeling insecure and guilty when someone gives things to me. Please bless me with the wisdom so I can identify when it is right to take something and how, so I feel happy and thankful instead of feeling insecure.
  • Please God, forgive me for finding myself attracted to needy people. Please help me in letting go of these emotions. I have realized now that there is only one thing where I should feel attracted towards, which is You, My Lord.  If I do something for someone who is needy, bless me with wisdom so that I can do it with full detachment, pleasing only You.
  • Please God, forgive me for abandoning my routine to respond to or do something for somebody else. Please bless me with the firmness, clarity and wisdom to prioritize tasks and act according to Your will and not the will of others.
  • Please God, forgive me for over-committing myself. Please help me do the things which are most important and make a proper balance in my life.
  • O my Master, please forgive me for feeling harried and pressured. Please help me to let go of these emotions. Bless me with the feeling of complete freedom and fearlessness.
  • O my Beloved, please forgive me for believing deep inside that other people are somehow responsible for me. Now I know that my destiny is completely independent from anyone else`s deeds or thinking, please bless me with the strength to take responsibility for all my failures, the wisdom to learn from them and the detachment to let them go forever.
  • O my Lord, please forgive me for blaming others for the spot I am in now. I know it was for my learning and benefit, and trust that miracles are waiting for me through your help.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling angry, victimized, unappreciated and used. Please help me in letting go of these emotions forever.  O my Master, please fill my heart with utter motivation and concentration so that I can achieve my goals and keep me detached from everything except You.  Please let me be always filled with full presence and awareness, whenever the requirement of me is to be genuine.
  • Please God, forgive me for worrying when other people become impatient or angry with me for all the preceding characteristics. Please let these emotions go forever and blow my soul with your immortal love, and all good virtues.

Self-Worth

  • Please God, forgive me for being upset about coming from a troubled, repressed and dysfunctional family. Please help me realize that I had no control over my birthplace.  It was your decision and you are the one who thinks of my betterment unconditionally.  Help me to remember there might be some wisdom behind it, and give me the power to free myself from all negativity, and realize that I can achieve my all goals with Your help.
  • Please God, forgive me for blaming myself for everything. Please help me let go of these emotions.  Help me so I can look at myself through your eyes and can realize that only You are perfect and You love us even with our imperfections.
  • Please God, forgive me for picking on myself for everything, including the way I think, feel, look, act and behave. Please help me with the wisdom to  release myself completely, and be myself, comfortable in my own skin in all places and situations.
  • Please God, forgive me for getting angry, defensive, self-righteous, and indignant when others blame and criticize me for something I regularly do to myself. Please bless me with spiritual eyes so I can learn from everyone without being affected and without being judgmental.
  • Please God, forgive me for getting depressed from a lack of compliments and praise. Please make me realize that to be approved by you should be my aim always, with a practical approach towards the world also.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling different from the rest of the world. Please make me realize that we all are the flowers of same garden.
  • O my Almighty, please forgive me for thinking I am not quite good enough. Please bless me with the utter faith in your powers and capacity which you have gifted to all of us, so I can keep myself motivated, always.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling guilty about spending money on myself or doing unnecessary or fun things for myself. Please help me let go of this self-hatred, so I can start loving You, myself and others.
  • Please God, forgive me for fearing rejection. Please make me realize that rejection teaches us a lot and gives us space to learn and grow more and more.  Please bless me with the right attitude to handle rejections.
  • O my God, please forgive me for taking things personally. Please help me to be detached from these things, and please attach me to You so that I never forget Your presence in my life.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling victimized by sexual, physical, emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment and alcoholism. Please help me let go of this whole past and all the emotions that came with it.  Please give me the power to forgive and let go, so I can focus on the present and on the good things that are of You.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling like a victim. Please make me realize that if You are with me, everything is still possible, and there is nothing that can’t be overcome through Your help.
  • Please God, forgive me for telling myself that I can’t do anything right. Please make me realize that it is OK to make mistakes.  Please God, give me a learning attitude and bless me with the never-giving-up attitude so I can do things with as much perfection as each situation requires.
  • Please God, forgive me for being afraid of making mistakes. Please make me fearless from everything except fear of You, which is out of love.
  • Please God, forgive me for wondering why I have a tough time making decisions. Please bless me with a strong decision power, and the courage to follow and respect my decisions.
  • Please God, forgive me for expecting myself to do everything perfectly. Please make me realize that it is OK to make mistakes and learn from them. Please give me the power to take chances with full faith and confidence of Your help.
  • Please God, forgive me for wondering why I can’t get anything done to my satisfaction. Please make me realize who I am and what I want, and help my actions align with Your will.
  • Please God, forgive me for having a lot of “shoulds’ in my life. Please give me the spirit and courage to listen and do what my heart says.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling a lot of guilt. Please blow the air of your love and motivation and happiness in my lungs.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling ashamed of who I am. Please make me feel blessed and proud on my identity, realizing that I am your best (human) creation.
  • Please God, forgive me for thinking my life isn`t worth living. Please give me the power to make my life most significant; cheerful and joyous, by progressing spiritually as well as materially.
  • Please God, forgive me for trying to help other people live their lives instead of living mine. Please give me the power to focus on my improvement, realizing that You are there to help me and other people so I don’t have to.
  • Please God, forgive me for getting artificial feelings of self-worth from helping others. Please make me realize that we are your loved ones so we are priceless pears for You and particles of dust in front of You.
  • Please God, forgive me for having strong feelings of low self-worth, embarrassment and failure from other people’s failures and problem. Please help me to let go of these emotions permanently, my God, and ignite a lamp of self-respect and humility in my heart.
  • Please God, forgive me for believing I don’t deserve good things and happiness. Please make me realize that I am Your son and deserve everything which You have given to all of us.  Help me to have a positive attitude instead of coming from a place of ego because of this thought.
  • Please God, forgive me for wishing other people would like and love me. Please God, be my Best Lover and the goal of all my desires.
  • Please God, forgive me for believing other people couldn’t possibly like and love me. Please make me realize that You love me unconditionally, and it is not possible to always be loved by everyone.
  • Please God, forgive me for trying to prove I am good enough for other people. Please make a genuine person, detached from what others think about me.
  • Please God, forgive me for settling for being needed. Please make me free from these emotions and bless me with your unconditional love.

Depression

  • Please God, forgive me for pushing all thoughts and feelings out of my awareness because of fear and guilt. Please help me take responsibility for my thoughts and feelings and act in ways that please only You.
  • Please God, forgive me for being afraid to let myself be who you created me to be. It’s been such a waste of my skills, talents and capacities.  Please help me reclaim my nobility.
  • Please God, forgive me for appearing rigid and controlled. Please make my soul a free bird in your kingdom.

Obsession

  • Please God, forgive me for thinking and talking a lot about other people. Please detach my thoughts from all things which are useless.  Please help me realize that I am not the controller, You are!, so I can focus on You and myself and can improve.
  • Please God, forgive me for losing sleep over other people’s problems or behavior. Please make me realize that I can`t control their thinking or reactions and I am totally free from them because I am in Your protection.
  • Please God, forgive me for worrying. I surrender all my problems to You with full faith, and now I am happy and fearless.
  • Please God, forgive me for never finding answers. Please give me the power and guts to identify your hints and intuition and follow them with utter faith.
  • Please God, forgive me for checking on people. Please make my soul detached from everything except You.
  • Please God, forgive me for trying to catch people in acts of misbehavior. Please shift all my focus and energies towards positivity.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling unable to quit talking, thinking and worrying about other people or their problems. Please make me realize that You are there to take care of everyone, and let me detach my thoughts and emotions from this worry.
  • Please God, forgive me for abandoning my routine because I am so upset about somebody or something. Please bless me with a very strong mind and willpower to keep moving in service to Your Cause.
  • Please God, forgive me for focusing all my energy on other people and their problems. Please help me to let go of these emotions.  O Lord refresh my soul with your divine love, and bring all my focus on my deeds and not on the deeds of others.
  • Please God, forgive me for wondering why I never have any energy. Please bless me with your attributes of love, happiness, positive energy and enthusiasm etc.
  • Please God, forgive me for wondering why I can’t get things done. Please my God, bless me with utter faith in Your powers guiding my efforts.

Denial

  • Please God, forgive me for telling myself things will be better tomorrow. Please give me the power to take actions and have faith that you are with me.
  • Please God, forgive me for stay busy so I don’t have to think about things. Please God, bless me with the power of taking responsibility for all my actions.
  • Please God, forgive me for getting confused. Please remove all my confusion and bless me with utter faith and clarity of thoughts so I can set and achieve goals with Your help.
  • Please God, forgive me for lying to myself. Please bless me with utter honesty with myself and You and others.
  • Please God, forgive me for spending money compulsively. Please make me sensible and mature.
  • Please God, forgive me for wondering why I feel like I am going crazy. Please give sense to my life and bless me with the capacity to understand reality.

Dependency

  • Please God, forgive me for not feeling happy, content, or peaceful with myself. Please awaken my soul with Your love.
  • Please God, forgive me for looking for happiness outside myself. Please help me feel infinite happiness in my inner being.
  • Please God, forgive me for latching onto whoever or whatever I think can provide me with happiness. Please God, give me divine eyes so I can see, love and respect myself through Your eyes.
  • Please God, forgive me for feel terribly threatened by the loss of anything or person who I think is responsible for my happiness. Please make me realize that source of utter happiness is only You.
  • Please God, forgive me for desperately seeking love and approval from others. Please let my only aim be to seek love and approval from You, my God.
  • Please God, forgive me for trying to prove I am good enough to be loved. Please help me let go of all these thoughts.  Please help me to be the self You created me to be.
  • Please God, forgive me for not taking the time to figure out if I love or like other people. Please God give me the wisdom to do so.
  • Please God, forgive me for centering my life around other people and their needs and wants. Please bless me with the wisdom to focus on my life, without being selfish.
  • Please God, forgive me for looking to relationships to provide all my good feelings. Please be my source of all good feelings, so I can pass it on to others.
  • Please God, forgive me for losing interest in my own life when I love others. Please make me realize that I have to look at myself as well.
  • Please God, forgive me for worrying that other people will leave me. Please give me the power to treat everyone with love and patience, being detached from their opinion of me.
  • Please God, forgive me for not believing that I can take care of myself. Please make me realize that You are with me and with Your help, everything is possible.
  • Please God, forgive me for staying in relationships that don’t work. Please give me the power to let them go.
  • Please God, forgive me for tolerating abuse to keep people loving me. Please bless me with the wisdom to protect my self-respect.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling trapped in relationships. Please make me detached and give power to be myself.
  • Please God, forgive me for leaving bad relationships and forming new ones that didn’t work either. Please make me wise to manage relationships and friendships.
  • Please God, forgive me for wondering if I will ever find love in this world. Please let this emotion go and make me realize that Your infinite love is always there for me and finding someone to love will automatically happen in the right time and place.
  • Please God, forgive me for not saying what i mean. Please give me the power to express my point of view honestly and confidently.
  • Please God, forgive me for not meaning what i say. Please give me the firmness to say what I mean.
  • Please God, forgive me for not knowing what I mean. Please give me the wisdom to realize what I mean and say it fearlessly.
  • Please God, forgive me for not taking myself seriously. Please give me the power to look at me  through Your eyes so I can respect and love myself.
  • Please God, forgive me for thinking other people don’t take me seriously. Please make me wise, mature and sensible, and detached from what other people think.
  • Please God, forgive me for taking myself too seriously. Please make me realize that You are there to take care of me, so I can be calm, happy, focused and energetic.
  • Please God, forgive me for asking for what I want and need indirectly though sighing. Please give me the courage to express myself with full faith.
  • Please God, forgive me for finding it difficult to get to the point. Please make me calm and wise.
  • Please God, forgive me for not being sure what the point is. Please make me wise and sensible enough.
  • Please God, forgive me for trying to say what I think will please other people. Please make me speak from my original self in all circumstances.
  • Please God, forgive me for trying to say what I think will provoke other people. Please make me sensible enough to understand the context and situation.
  • Please God, forgive me for trying to say what I hope will make other people do what I want them to do. Please bless me with honesty.
  • Please God, forgive me for eliminating the word No from my vocabulary. Please give me the wisdom and courage to say it when required.
  • Please God, forgive me for talking about other people. Please be my focus and bless me with the wisdom to do all my tasks with honesty.
  • Please God, forgive me for believing my opinions don’t matter. Please make me genuine and  wise so I can express myself and be detached whether my opinion will be accepted or not.
  • Please God, forgive me for waiting to express my opinions until I know other people’s opinions. Please give me the confidence to say something if I feel  I have something worth saying.
  • Please God, forgive me for lying to protect and cover up for people I love. Please make me truthful and give the wisdom how to speak truth wisely.
  • Please God, forgive me for lying to protect myself. Please give me the courage to be honest and truthful.
  • Please God, forgive me for having a difficult time expressing my emotions honestly, openly and appropriately. Please bless me with wisdom and clarity of thoughts.
  • Please God, forgive me for thinking most of what I have to say is unimportant. Please ignite Your love in my heart so I can love and respect myself and others and can understand my importance.
  • Please God, forgive me for talking in cynical, self-degrading or hostile ways. Please awaken my self-respect, my Lord.
  • Please God, forgive me for apologizing for bothering people. Please make me feel worthy and respectable.

Boundaries

  • Please God, forgive me for gradually increasing my tolerance until I can tolerate and do things I said I never would. Please make me wise, firm and courageous to stop doing things You don’t want me to do.
  • Please God, forgive me for letting others hurt me. Please make me unaffected by their negative behavior and remain open and receptive for positive interactions.
  • Please God, forgive me for keep letting people hurt me. Please make me immune enough with Your love and strong enough to take action if required
  • Please God, forgive me for wondering why I hurt so badly. Please protect me, my God, with your love. so no one can hurt me.

Trust

  • Please God, forgive me for not trusting myself. Please make me believe in my powers and capacities given by You.
  • Please God, forgive me for not trusting my feelings. Please connect me with You and myself again and give me the wisdom to recognize and follow my inner voice which is from You.
  • Please God, forgive me for not trusting my decisions. Pease reignite my faith in Your miracles and in myself.
  • Please God, forgive me for trying to trust untrustworthy people. Please make me wise enough to recognize them and be aware.

Anger

  • Please God, forgive me for getting afraid of my own anger. Please give my anger a proper direction.
  • Please God, forgive me for being frightened of other people’s anger. Please make me fearless and courageous.
  • Please God, forgive me for thinking people will go away if anger enters the picture. Please give me the wisdom to do things smartly and humbly if required.
  • Please God, forgive me for blaming other people for making me feel angry. Please free me from hanging on to other people’s feelings and emotions.
  • Please God, forgive me for being afraid to make other people feel angry. Please give me the courage to express myself positively and sensibly.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling controlled by other people’s anger. Please free  me from being influenced by other people’s emotions.
  • Please God, forgive me for repressing my angry feelings. Please give me the wisdom to express them in a much wiser manner.
  • Please God, forgive me for being ashamed for feeling angry. Please make me realize that anger is a natural emotion.  Please give me the strength to control and channel it properly.
  • Please God, forgive me for placing guilt and shame on myself for feeling angry. Please let these emotions go, and make me happy and joyous.

Other:

  • Please God, forgive me for being extremely irresponsible. Please make me sensibly responsible.
  • Please God, forgive me for becoming a martyr, sacrificing my happiness and that of others for causes that don’t require sacrifice. Please give me the wisdom to be sensible and genuine so I can stop doing that.
  • Please God, forgive me for finding it difficult to feel close to people. Please open my heart, mind and soul totally, and let me embrace the world wholeheartedly.
  • Please God, forgive me for finding it difficult to have fun and be spontaneous. Please make me spontaneous and blow my soul with your divine love.
  • Please God, forgive me for vacillating in decisions and emotions. Please make me stable and composed.
  • Please God, forgive me for staying loyal to my compulsions and people even when it hurts. Please make me flexible when required.
  • Please God, forgive me for being ashamed about family, personal or relationship problems. Please help me let go of these emotions and give me the courage to deal with them with love and wisdom.
  • Please God, forgive me for being confused about the nature of my problems. Please show me the right path.
  • Please God, forgive me for becoming withdrawn and isolated. Please open my heart and soul and let your infinite love and happiness flow through me.
  • Please God, forgive me for experiencing a complete loss of daily routine and structure. Please give me the wisdom to reorganize myself.
  • Please God, forgive me for feeling hopeless. Please blow my lungs with utter faith, hope and confidence.

Thank you God for all the ways you’ve forgiven me.  I lay all my affairs in Your hand, trusting You in all my affairs.

 

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Newsletter – Programs for Devotional Gatherings

Welcome to the Month of Loftiness 172

In this issue – Programs for Devotional Gatherings

Bahá’í Devotional Gathering Programs

Bahá’í Devotions

Bahá’í Devotions and Devotionals

Bahá’í Feasts and Holy Days

Devotional Gatherings for 19 Day Feasts, Holy Days and Other Compilations

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Featured Story:

Learning How to Pray

When ‘Abdu’l-Baha was in New York, He called to him an ardent Bahá’í and said “If you will come to Me at dawn tomorrow, I will teach you to pray.” Delighted, Mr. M arose at four and crossed the city, arriving for his lesson at six. With what exultant expectation he must have greeted this opportunity! He found ‘Abdu’l-Baha already at prayer, kneeling by the side of the bed. Mr. M followed suit, taking care to place himself directly across. Seeing that ‘Abdu’l-Baha was quite lost in His Own reverie Mr. M began to pray silently for his friends, his family and finally for the crowned heads of Europe. No word was uttered by the quiet Man before him. He went over all the prayers he knew then, and repeated them twice, three times still no sound broke the expectant hush.

Mr M surreptitiously rubbed one knee and wondered vaguely about his back. He began again, hearing as he did so, the birds heralding the dawn outside the window. An hour passed, and finally two. Mr. M was quite numb now. His eyes, roving along the wall, caught sight of a large crack. He dallied with a touch of indignation but let his gaze pass again to the still figure across the bed.

The ecstasy that he saw arrested him and he drank deeply of the sight. Suddenly he wanted to pray like that. Selfish desires were forgotten. Sorrow, conflict, and even his immediate surroundings were as if they had never been. He was conscious of only one thing, a passionate desire to draw near to God.

Closing his eyes again he set the world firmly aside, and amazingly his heart teemed with prayer, eager, joyous, tumultuous prayer. He felt cleansed by humility and lighted by a new peace. ‘Abdu’l-Baha had taught him to pray!

The Master of Akka immediately arouse and came to him. His eyes rested smilingly upon the newly humbled Mr. M. “When you pray”, He said, “You must not think of your aching body, nor of the birds outside the window, nor of the cracks in the wall!”
He became very serious then, and added, “When you wish to pray you must first know that you are standing in the presence of the Almighty!” (Annamarie Honnold, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, no. 27, p 131-2)

Featured Prayer:

Prayer for Breaking the Fast at the End of the Day

Praise be unto Thee, O Lord my God! We have observed the Fast in conformity with Thy bidding and break it now through Thy love and Thy good-pleasure. Deign to accept, O my God, the deeds that we have performed in Thy path wholly for the sake of Thy beauty with our faces set towards Thy Cause, free from aught else but Thee. Bestow, then, Thy forgiveness upon us, upon our forefathers, and upon all such as have believed in Thee and in Thy mighty signs in this most great, this most glorious Revelation. Potent art Thou to do what Thou choosest. Thou art, verily, the Most Exalted, the Almighty, the Unconstrained. (Bahá’u’lláh, The Importance of Obligatory Prayer and Fasting III)

Featured Video:

Bahá’í Devotional on Vimeo

This month’s video includes highlights of a devotional meeting held at The Magdalene Carney Baha’i Institute. It includes a video compilation of the Baha’i friends, who were asked why they became a Baha’i and how it has changed their lives. The program includes a classical music concert performed by Lynda and Gareth Johnson.

 

Long Fast Prayer

Our second selection is the Long Fast Prayer chanted by the Baha’i Chorus of Shiraz (with English words to the prayer)

I listen to this every morning of the Fast – and it brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it, as it takes us to a different world. I hope it moves you as much as it does me!

 

Featured Book:

 

The CALM Handbook: A Communal Approach to Learning Meditation by Paul Profaska provides an easy to follow, step by step guide that will take the learner through the rudiments of meditation to the ability to meditate on one’s own.

Many people today are interested in meditation and its benefits but do not know how to start. This is an easy-to-follow course designed for small groups of beginners. No particular form of meditation is promoted but the course, which is based on the Bahá’í writings, introduces participants to reflection on scripture in a gentle and profound way, and it generates strong bonds of fellowship amongst group members. It has proved to be a useful stepping stone to the Ruhi Training Institute courses.

The CALM course is designed for small groups of beginners who are initially guided through the meditation by a Coordinator. The CALM Coordinator’s Guide: A Communal Approach to Learning provides an easy to follow, step by step guidebook that will help new Coordinators start CALM courses and assist them to take learners through the rudiments of meditation to the ability to meditate on their own.

The CALM course helps us:

  • open our hearts and minds to the spiritual reserves that lie within us all, such as love, insight, calmness, courage and enthusiasm
  • explore the principles of meditation
  • practise meditation skills
  • develop our own practice
  • shows us how meditation can be applied in our lives.

The book comes complete with the CALM Guided Meditation CD.

To buy your copy

Featured Coach:

 

Jim Tolles

Jim Tolles is a spiritual teacher and healer who helps people grow, heal, and embrace their spiritual paths. He teaches intuitively from the truth and love of this moment, trusting the sacred process to show what most needs to be shown. When someone is sincere in their inner dedication and their personal work, a lot of amazing shifts can arise.

Jim helps people address a wide variety of issues including:

  • Integrating a spiritual awakening
  • Calming the mind
  • Opening the heart
  • Going deeper and expanding your spiritual awareness
  • Healing sexual abuse and other traumas
  • Finding and releasing the root causes of issues
  • Learning how to speak your voice
  • Identifying and letting go of mental traps and ego games
  • Learning to be with heightened energy sensitivities
  • Releasing and resolving family karma and more

His book, Everyday Spirituality: Cultivating an Awakening is full of down-to-earth tips and practical ways to be more mindful and loving in your life as you build a spiritual path that works within the confines of your busy life.

If you need to heal, this book has a section that offers different ideas and practices to heal everything from your heart to your sexuality to your mind’s constant chatter. If you’re ready to go deep, the Awaken section takes you further into yourself to amplify your energy and create space for deeper connection and potentially an opening into a profound experience.

To read more and buy the book 

To view his website 

To listen to his many talks on his YouTube channel

To find him on Facebook

To follow him on Twitter 

To watch him talk about his work

Featured Business:

Nine Branches – Websites for Baha’i Communities

Caleb Gilleland of NineBranches is dedicated to helping every local and national Baha’i community in the world to have an amazing, high quality, modern, clean looking website that attracts the hearts of both seekers and Baha’is and helps connect them to the Core Activities where they live.

These days, when someone hears about the Baha’i Faith the first thing they’re going to do is Google “bahai yourtown“. When they do that, you want your community’s website to be right there at the top.

Caleb’s typefaces are beautiful, clean, and modern. His designs are simple, but inviting and versatile; and best of all he designs your site so that it’s relevant to the community where you live.

He helps people understand:

  • Who is in this religious group?
  • What kind of people are they?
  • Are they really part of our city?

As well as to help them know:

  • why your local Baha’i community exists
  • about the activities going on in your community and when they happen
  • how to get to your events
  • what your Baha’i community looks like in action

People need to see that your Local Baha’i Community is bigger than just overtly religious events. They want to know that it’s a real community of real people who care about each other and live life together.

A good local Baha’i website is complete with impactful photography of your community and region, a robust events calendar, well-written general information about your community and the Faith, links to other Bahá’í sites, how people can contact with us and sign up for emails, gentle calls to action and more. Caleb makes sure that your new site ranks highly in search engine results.

Isn’t it time for your Baha’i community to build a website so that seekers and Baha’is can find you and become part of your story?

Exciting News! Caleb is hard at work redesigning the look and feel of my own website! Watch for it sometime later in March!

To visit his homepage

To read his blog 

To read his articles on BahaiTeachings.org 

To find him on Facebook 

To find him on Linkedin 

Join Caleb as he walks you though the following important issues:

Why you should “Change the Oil” on your local Baha’i website:

The 5 Keys of Local Baha’i websites

The secrets behind using images on your local Baha’i website.

What it means to have an effective social media strategy.

How to create memes for your local Baha’i Community

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See you next month! Hope it’s a month filled with lofty thoughts as you go into the Fast!

Happy Fasting!