In an insightful article into the power of prayer published by Newberg Graphic, Jim Ferguson of Newberg Baha'i community writes, "I suspect that each one of us has a story, or many stories, we could share on the impact of prayer in our lives or on the lives of others we know.
These habits of prayer and accounts of their bestowals are not unique to members of only one religion. They are common to all of the great faith traditions.".
Jim then goes on to share several traditions from great world religions about prayer.
Hinduism: “Worship me through meditation in the sanctuary of the heart.” “O Lord of creatures, father of all beings, you alone pervade all that has come to birth. Grant us our heart’s desire for which we pray. May we become the lords of many treasures.”
Zoroastrianism: “The pure whom you have found worthy for their righteousness and their good mind, fulfill their desire, o wise Lord, let them attain it! I know that words of prayer which serve a good end are successful before you.”
Buddhism: “Beings possessed by carnal passions, anger, or infatuation have but to revere and remember the Bodhisattva Kuan Shih Yin and they will be set free from their passions.”
Judaism: “The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.” “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.”
Christianity: “Pray constantly.” “If anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.” “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Islam: “Your Lord says: ‘Call on me, I will answer your prayers,’” “Prayer restrains one from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of God is the greatest thing in life, without doubt.”
Baha’i faith: “The wisdom of prayer is this: That it causeth a connection between the servant and the True One, because in that state man with all heart and soul turneth his face towards his Highness the Almighty, seeking his association and desiring his love and compassion.” “Whoso reciteth, in the privacy of his chamber, the verses revealed by God, the scattering angels of the Almighty shall scatter abroad the fragrance of the words uttered by his mouth, and shall cause the heart of every righteous man to throb.”
Given the global state of unrest currently faced in many countries where basic freedoms we enjoy regarding freedom of speech, worship etc, it is perfect timing this week to pray for our world's leaders to uphold justice and fairness, and for freedom, dignity, honour and divine virtue to be restored to it's peoples.
Here is but one beautiful prayer spoken by His holiness the Bab;
"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!"