Reality, Soul and
the Worlds of God
 
IV.   The Workshop of Interacting Souls
[Compiler: “The Workshop of Interacting Souls” is a continuation of the “Life Path of the Soul” in Section III. E., but emphasizing the macrocosmic repercussions and macrocosmic environment of souls’ lives interacting with each other.]
E.   God’s Purpose for Man in Fulfillment
2.   The Soul Responding through Prayer
e.   Supplication Admonished
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
1443.We have enjoined obligatory prayer upon you, with nine rak’ahs, to be offered at noon and in the morning and the evening unto God, the Revealer of Verses. We have relieved you of a greater number, as a command in the Book of God. He, verily, is the Ordainer, the Omnipotent, the Unrestrained. When ye desire to perform this prayer, turn ye towards the Court of My Most Holy Presence, this Hallowed Spot that God hath made the Centre round which circle the Concourse on high, and which He hath decreed to be the Point of Adoration for the denizens of the Cities of Eternity, and the Source of Command unto all that are in heaven and on earth; and when the Sun of Truth and Utterance shall set, turn your faces towards the Spot that We have ordained for you. He, verily, is Almighty and Omniscient.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, paragraph 6, p. 21)
[from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
1444.O thou who art turning thy face towards God! Close thine eyes to all things else, and open them to the realm of the All-Glorious. Ask whatsoever thou wishest of Him alone; seek whatsoever thou seekest from Him alone. With a look He granteth a hundred thousand hopes, with a glance He healeth a hundred thousand incurable ills, with a nod He layeth balm on every wound, with a glimpse He freeth the hearts from the shackles of grief. He doeth as He doeth, and what recourse have we? He carrieth out His Will, He ordaineth what He pleaseth. Then better for thee to bow down thy head in submission, and put thy trust in the All-Merciful Lord.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selection #22, p. 51)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
1445.…..you ought, in return for the love and kindness shown you by your father, to give to the poor for his sake, with greatest submission and humility implore pardon and remission of sins, and ask for the supreme mercy.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, Chapter 62: “Perfections are without Limit”, pp. 231-232)
[from the Writings or talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:]
1446.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.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Bahá’í Prayers (US edition), “Midnight” Prayer, p. 61)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
1447.….strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers. Turn towards God, and seek always to do that which is right and noble.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Paris Talks, “Good Ideas must be Carried into Action, November 8th”, p. 81)
1448.Turn to God, supplicate humbly at His threshold, seeking assistance and confirmation, that God may rend asunder the veils that obscure your vision.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “29 August 1912, Talk at Home of Madame Morey, 34 Hillside Avenue, Malden, Massachusetts, Notes by Edna McKinney”, p. 293)
1449.You must offer supplications unto the Kingdom of Abhá and seek eternal bounties from Him. You must pray that your hearts may become filled with glorious lights, even as a purified mirror; then will the lights of the Sun of Truth shine therein.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “3 December 1912, Talk at Home of Dr. and Mrs. Florian Krug, 830 Park Avenue, New York”, p. 458)
1450.You must supplicate and pray to God every night and every day, seeking His assistance and help….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “3 December 1912, Talk at Home of Dr. and Mrs. Florian Krug, 830 Park Avenue, New York”, p. 458)
[from the Writings or talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
1451.Supplicate to God, pray to Him and invoke Him at midnight and at dawn. Be humble and submissive to God and chant the verses of thanksgiving at morn and eve, for that He guided thee unto the Manifest Light and showed to thee the straight Path and destined to thee the station of nearness in His wonderful Kingdom.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the compilation Bahá’í World Faith, p. 359)
1452.Know that nothing will benefit thee in this life save supplication and invocation unto God, service in His vineyard, and, with a heart full of love, be in constant servitude unto Him.
 If thy daily living become difficult, soon thy Lord will bestow upon thee that which shall satisfy thee. Be patient….
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the compilation Bahá’í World Faith, p. 375)
[Writings of Shoghi Effendi:]
1453.The daily obligatory prayers are three in number…. The believer is entirely free to choose any one of those three prayers but is under the obligation of reciting one of them, and in accordance with any specific directions with which they may be accompanied.
(Shoghi Effendi: Directives of the Guardian, Selection #160, “Prayers (Daily Obligatory)”, p. 60)