You have not because you ask not, so ASK! | Worship

Then behave as if you believe you were heard
By Gordy Arlin, A Bahái of Mukilteo | Jan 11, 2017

When my alarm goes off, I find that I’m in that morning fog again. It is familiar to me, and my mind begins its morning scan: “What is going on? What is important today? What are this day’s priorities? What is first?”

It is incumbent upon Baháis to pray in the morning. Bahá’u’lláh (“The Glory Of God”/1817-1892) has revealed: “Chant (recite) the words of God every morning and evening… This brings you nearer to God, were ye of those who understand.”

We may pray any Scriptures that we choose, from any of the Lord’s Prophets. Of late I’ve been offering four brief Bahái prayers that I dearly love, all told this takes less than four minutes.

I invite you to invest four minutes of your morning into these astounding prayers. They have been revealed by the same God who causes all of your atoms to mysteriously stick together; they will absolutely and palpably elevate your living experience. Who among you will give up the five calories of effort that it takes to experiment with this life-altering dynamic?

Dear God, in these moments, please bless the eyes that fall onto these prayers to be able to discern that the entire universe is enfolded within them:

“Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.”

“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!”

“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.”

The fourth prayer is currently my favorite prayer. So short! Seventeen words! God comes right to the point – no waiting! The concision is enchanting to me. Plus, my favorite thing about this prayer is that it closes by placing the onus on me for my own happiness and joy! Most prayers are about what God is going to do for us, and about what we request that our Lord do for us. The first two sentences of this prayer indeed proceed in that trend, but the last sentence delivers a roundhouse punch, mercifully gifted to us by our loving Fashioner, that says, “Your happiness, today, from this moment, does not hinge upon what I do for you today. Rather, your happiness depends solely upon the degree that you will proactively trust me. Again, your joy is not a function of what I do for you. Rather, it is about how completely you choose to stand in trust.”

Friends, please note the immeasurable heaviness of this calling-you-to-account divinely revealed prayer:

“God is sufficient unto me. He, verily, is the All-Sufficing. In Him, let the trusting trust.”

Let the trusting trust! Yikes! That’s the key to the Universe! Did you get that? Do you see how that differs from most prayers?

Most of us move forward from a time of prayer with a mindset of hope. Do you discern the difference in “how your day goes” with a mindset of “fingers crossed” versus “how your day goes” with a mindset of absolute trust? Quality of life shifts from “Well, maybe…” to, “It’s in the bag! I think I’ll turn on the stereo and get going. This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad!”

Dear friends, please try a morning-prayer routine. Maybe even with these four prayers above. Stepping into your day with “I trust You!” on top is different – better. What God wishes that we would enjoy!

“God is sufficient unto me. He, verily, is the All-Sufficing. In Him, let the trusting trust.”

Gordy Arlin has been a member of the Bahái faith for 42 years. Mukilteo’s Bahái community meets regularly in each other’s homes for worship. For more information, call 1-800-22UNITE.

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