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
a. Are Prayers Answered?
[from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh:]
1401.O Son of Spirit
Ask not of Me that which We desire not for thee, then be content with what We have ordained for thy sake, for this is that which profiteth thee, if therewith thou dost content thyself.
(Bahá’u’lláh: The Hidden Words, Arabic #18)
Know thou, O fruit of My Tree, that the decrees of the Sovereign Ordainer, as related to fate and predestination, are of two kinds. Both are to be obeyed and accepted. The one is irrevocable, the other is, as termed by men, impending. To the former all must unreservedly submit, inasmuch as it is fixed and settled. God, however, is able to alter or repeal it. As the harm that must result from such a change will be greater than if the decree had remained unaltered, all, therefore, should willingly acquiesce in what God hath willed and confidently abide by the same.
The decree that is impending, however, is such that prayer and entreaty can succeed in averting it.
God grant that thou who art the fruit of My Tree, and they that are associated with thee, may be shielded from its evil consequences.
(Bahá’u’lláh: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Selection LXVIII, p. 133)
He is the prayer-hearing, prayer-answering God!
(Bahá’u’lláh: Bahá’í Prayers (US), “Spiritual Growth” section, p. 169)
[from the Writings of the Báb:]
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 Báb: Selections from the Writings of the Báb, “Prayers and Meditations”, p. 217)
[from the talks of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (no authority):]
God will answer the prayer of every servant if that prayer is urgent. His mercy is vast, illimitable. He answers the prayers of all His servants. He answers the prayer of this plant. The plant prays potentially, “O God! Send me rain!” God answers the prayer, and the plant grows. God will answer anyone. He answers prayers potentially. Before we were born into this world did we not pray, “O God! Give me a mother; give me two fountains of bright milk; purify the air for my breathing; grant me rest and comfort; prepare food for my sustenance and living”? Did we not pray potentially for these needed blessings before we were created? When we came into this world, did we not find our prayers answered? Did we not find mother, father, food, light, home and every other necessity and blessing, although we did not actually ask for them? Therefore, it is natural that God will give to us when we ask Him. His mercy is all-encircling.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Promulgation of Universal Peace, “5 August 1912, Talk at Dublin Inn, Dublin, New Hampshire, Notes by Howard MacNutt”, pp. 246-247)