"We invite you to participate in a concentrated prayer effort in which people all over the world will be setting aside about 1/2 hour or more once a week to pray together for those requesting prayers. This endeavor takes place each Friday, to accommodate our vast array of busy lives. We are asking that you take time between the hours of 12 noon and 12 midnight (local time) every Friday, to join in prayer.
This will be an ongoing effort. It would be ideal to participate weekly, but feel free to join us any time you are able. Also please extend this invitation to others you think might be interested. Our objective is that it will continue to grow indefinitely.
I believe the power of prayer can have a tremendous effect. Regardless of what Faith community you belong to, we all pray to the same God and can be united in that knowledge. This started as a Baha'i initiative but it is open to people of all Faiths who wish to participate. Feel free to say any prayers you choose. The Rosary, Our Father, any repetitive mantra of your choosing, Dhikr, or Pater Nostra or Om Mani Padme Hum (the Baha'i's who are participating will be saying 1 Tablet of Ahmad and 95 Remover of Difficulties). We can pray for our personal intentions, our prayer lists, each other, our leaders, our oppressors, etc. with the knowledge that God and the concourse on high will assist us in our endeavors. If we can expand this effort, extending farther and farther around the planet, united in our love for God and our desire to make the world a better place, I believe we will feel the impact of our efforts.
"As ye have faith, so shall your powers and blessings be." -Abdu'l-Baha
We would love for you to join us in this endeavor if you are able. Also, feel free to list any prayer requests you may have so that we can all support one another with prayer.
One of the Planet Baha'i members shares this story each week, and I am highlighting it for reflection. This is actually from a talk given by the Hand of the Cause of God Abu’l-Qásim Faizí. A transcript of the talk is available at www.bahai-library.org. Here is the story:
“...What do we pray? The Báb says that when we pray, what do we take to God, what do we talk to Him about, what do we offer Him? Do you offer your knowledge? He is the source of knowledge. Do you offer Him your wealth? Do you offer Him your strength, the strength of body or mental strength? All those things are not even worthy of being mentioned in the sight of God.
Therefore, why do we pray? The Báb says that He will give an example. Suppose you want to go and visit a king. You will go here and there and ask many people what is it that the king does not have in his treasury, because you would like to take it as a gift to him. If someone says that you can take a moonstone from Australia because he does not have it, then you will take it to him.
Now if you take all the treasures of the world, God has them; all of the knowledge of the world. He is the source of it; strength, He is the source of power. But as the Báb says, and as I advise and tell you, there is one thing that God does not have in His treasure house, and that is nothingness. Take your nothingness to Him. When you sit down in front of Him and pray, have an attitude that you are nothing as compared with God. You take that attitude, and He says that this will immediately be acceptable.”
Feel free to post any prayer requests below.
Edited by QueenTiye, 23 September 2005 - 03:58 PM.