"In prayer there is a mingling of stations..." I Worship

Just a few minutes a day changes everything
By Gordy Arlin | Nov 08, 2017

In times of troubles, large and small, I’m finally learning to immediately bring in The Heavy Guns: prayer and trust. I cleave to prayer because of its efficacy. Like science, the results that I enjoy from it are consistently repeatable. Like science.

Recently, my go-to entreaty is a Bahá'í healing prayer, and I’m praying for two healings, my own and mankind’s:

“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.”

Remembrance of God is my remedy. Repeatably, always. Remembrance of God is our remedy! What an astounding gift to us. How beautifully simple. His burden is light!

As for how to properly manage hard times, I see that my problem is not with God; my problem is with me. I still baffle myself with how slowly, on average, that I finally properly discern that there is no remover of difficulties except God.

Even then, sometimes I’m still irrationally slow to actually get to that moment of beginning a prayer, to real focus, to actually proactively dialing God into the core dynamics of my challenges. I too often allow the white noise of life to distract me easily.

But, lucky for me, daily prayer is mandated by God; thusly, in spite of myself, since I am clearly ordered to commune every day, I regularly do. As a result, I find that even during the worst of challenges my habit-self overrides my self-self and I end up blessed with ultimately getting to prayer, every day. This has saved my life. Space is short here, but invite me for coffee and I’ll share an eyebrow-raising tale.

But for now, I celebrate that prayer is mandatory. Left to my own devices I would too often put it off.

Bahá'u'lláh (“The Glory of God” 1817-1893/Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith) has revealed three obligatory prayers. Every day, each one of the millions of Bahá'ís around the world selects one of them to offer.

The shortest of the three, to me, is a wonderful and quick set of bullet points that God would have me place within as the wallpaper and the ambient music of my mind, always calming and centering my otherwise too-busy mental self-chatter.

This short prayer is a set of universe-conquering truths, direct from God, Who alone knows the shape of the hole that you are trying to fill. Daily immersion in them has profoundly modified my always ongoing inner conversation for the better. The prayer is a life-changing cornerstone in my life; to experience the astonishment that I enjoy for yourself, the proof of the pudding is in the tasting. Please prayerfully consider offering these thanks to God daily, in a spirit of praise and gratitude:

“I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to thy wealth.

There is none other God but Thee, the Help-in-Peril, the Self-Subsisting.”

Friends, please speak it aloud; this causes the Word to work in multiple inner systems.

In closing, from the Bahá'í Writings:

“The wisdom of obligatory prayer is this: That it causeth a connection between the servant and the True One, because at that time man with all his heart and soul turneth his face toward the Almighty, seeking His association and desiring His love and companionship …so as to seek His bounty and blessing and immerse himself in the ocean of communion, entreaty and supplication. Moreover, obligatory prayer… produces awareness and awakening in man, and (is) conducive to his protection and preservation from tests.”

God, just like mom, says, “stay in touch!”



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