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

According to the prayers . . .

My tests include: 

  • weakness has overtaken me
  • adversaries have fallen upon me
  • adversity and tribulations have gathered about me
  • thirst has utterly consumed me
  • wretchedness has touched me
  • sorrows have laid hold on me
  • poverty has despoiled me
  • woes have befallen me
  • fear and trembling have violently crushed me
  • sins have utterly doomed me
  • I have great difficulty in putting my trust in God

  My tests cause me to be: 

  • sore pressed with cares
  • encompassed about by the wicked

I recognize that:

God’s Reality

  • God’s help is better for us than everything that has been created on earth
  • Whatever pertains to God will endure as long as His most excellent names endure

God’s Bounties

  • From eternity the tokens of God’s bounty have encompassed the universe
  • The splendors of God’s Most Great Name have been shed over all created things
  • God’s mercy has embraced the whole creation
  • God’s grace has pervaded all things
  • A dewdrop out of the ocean of God’s mercy can adorn all things with the ornament of sanctity
  • A sprinkling of the waters of God’s bounty can cause the entire creation to attain unto true wealth
  • The door of God’s grace remains wide open
  • The flow of God’s gifts is not stopped by my withdrawal from Him
  • Our sins don’t deter us from vouchsafing God’s bounty
  • The ocean of God’s generosity revealed eagerness and enthusiasm

Our Relationship to God

  • Wayward though we be we still cling to God’s bounty
  • Even though we’re ignorant, we still set our faces toward the ocean of God’s wisdom
  • God sees my tribulations and all that has befallen me
  • God is the only Desire of those who fix their thoughts on Him
  • Whoever has recognized God will turn nowhere else
  • Nothing is worthy of any mention unless it enters beneath God’s shadow, and gains admittance into His court

The World

  • The world and whatever is in it must perish
  • If the world was to last as long as God’s kingdom will last, it would still be unseemly to set our affections on it

Life

  • The chances that overtake us, and the changes to which we are continually subjected attest the world’s impermanence
  • Such are the troubles that vex me, that no pen in the entire creation can either reckon or describe them.

For others I pray that God will: 

  • assist those who have turned towards Him, spoken forth His praise, and are determined to help Him
  • cause them to be aware of Him, so that they will bear witness to His unity
  • enable them to recognize Him and hasten towards Him
  • not deny anyone His grace, fairness and justice
  • send down that which will purge them from every ordeal and whatever is hateful
  • direct the bewildered souls to the fountain of His guidance
  • raise them up to such heights that no amount of tribulation will keep them back or any trouble hinder them from turning towards His court
  • endow the blind with light, the deaf with hearing, the dumb with speech, the lukewarm with energy, the heedless with mindfulness, the sleepers with wakefulness, and the proud with humility
  • quicken the dead by eternal life

 I’m asking God for:

Assistance

  • to help me with His wondrous help
  • to assist me in all cases
  • to help me under all circumstances
  • to grant me my utmost desire
  • to cause the closed doors become opened
  • to cause the uneven roads become even

Bounties

  • to seek the wonders of your all-pervasive grace
  • to refresh these faded souls with His gifts
  • to illumine these lowly beings

Detachment

  • to grant that I will detach myself from anything that doesn’t pertain to Him

Eternity

  • to nourish me with the fruits of His Eternity
  • to attire me with the embroidered robe of His omnipotent sovereignty
  • to let me attain spiritual joy, eternal happiness and heavenly life
  • to let me sleep, lulled by the cooing of the Dove of Thine Eternity

Forgiveness

  • to immerse me beneath the ocean of His forgiveness
  • to conceal my sins
  • to beseech His forgiveness

Happiness

  • to feed me from His cups of joy, offered by the hands of His tender mercies

Love

  • to fortify my heart in His love and in His Faith
  • to give me to drink from the breasts of His loving-kindness
  • to shelter me beneath the shadow of the wings of His mercy
  • to let my face shine by His love

Mercy

  • to cast these thirsty fishes into the sea of His mercy

Nearness

  • to grant that I may set my heart on the sanctuary of His glory
  • to not be far from me
  • to leave me not to myself
  • to keep me near the throne of His majesty
  • to keep me face-to-face with the revelation of His signs of glory
  • to let me abide before the throne of His oneness, amid the blaze of the beauty of His countenance
  • to let me drink from the Sweet Water of the Life of His gifts
  • to let my sight become brighter by witnessing His signs

Protection

  • to preserve me in the shelter of His care and protection
  • to overwhelm all the armies of the inferior concourse
  • to cause these wanderers to abide in the shelter of His might
  • to send down His invisible hosts, so that they will help me and shield me against His adversaries
  • to prevent anything from hindering me in remembering Him, celebrating His praise, and observing what He has prescribed in His Tablets

Service

  • to grant that I may help His Cause
  • to let me arise to serve Him

Teaching

  • to grant that I may speak of His praise
  • to hasten forth to cry out His name and proclaim His virtues

Unity

  • to guide my lost caravan to the asylum of His unity

 I’m acknowledging that there is:

  • No God besides Him

And that He is:

  • the All-Glorious
  • the Almighty
  • the Compassionate
  • the Comprehending
  • the Forgiver
  • the Forgiving
  • the Generous
  • the God of glory and wisdom
  • the God of power
  • the Great Giver
  • the Help in Peril
  • the King of all bounty
  • the Lord of all favors
  • the Loving
  • the Most High
  • the Most Powerful
  • the Omnipotent
  • the One who is supreme over all who are in heaven and on earth
  • the Powerful
  • the Self-Subsisting

 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!

For more ideas on how to use the names of God for healing, you might want to read:

Understanding the Power in the Long Healing Prayer 

Using the Names of God For Healing

 

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