Bahá’ís usually recite or chant the recorded Writings of the Bahá’í Faith’s Central Figures, Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb and ‘Abdu’l Bahá, when they pray, and consider these Writings the revealed Word of God. Originally written in Persian or Arabic, these Writings are often in poetic form, written to be intoned or chanted as an aid to reflection, meditation and supplication.
Here are some commonly used Bahá’í prayers:
O Thou Whose face is the object of my adoration, Whose beauty is my sanctuary, Whose habitation is my goal, Whose praise is my hope, Whose providence is my companion, Whose love is the cause of my being, Whose mention is my solace, Whose nearness is my desire, Whose presence is my dearest wish and highest aspiration, I entreat Thee not to withhold from me the things Thou didst ordain for the chosen ones among Thy servants. Supply me, then, with the good of this world and of the next.
Thou, truly, art the King of all men. There is no God but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.
O God, guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.
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.
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!
O seeker of Truth! If thou desirest that God may 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.
Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent.
Amongst the most powerful of Bahá’u’lláh’s revealed prayers is this prayer, referred to as the Long Healing Prayer We sometimes use an English translation of this this prayer regularly in our devotional meetings to pray for friends in Orkney who are in poor health and suffering.
You can download the Long Healing Prayer here:
If you would like to join us in spirit, but you can’t come to our meeting, you can listen to the Long Healing Prayer with us at 11.00am GMT (or UK daylight saving time), every Sunday morning, when we gather together for a devotional meeting at the Bahá’í Centre in Kirkwall. Just click on the player below.
If you would like us to pray for a the healing of a particular person, you can send us a message, or a name in the reponse box below, and we will remember them at our prayer gathering.
You can find many more Bahá’í prayers on a range of themes here.