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Old 01-20-2018, 09:35 PM   #1
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Should one pray for tests?

With fire we test the gold and with gold we test our servants... I know that we get tested many times everyday. I also know that God does not test an individual beyond his or her capacity. But I also know that I grow more spiritually when I go through a period of hardship and difficulties.

If pain and suffering is the price one has to pay in order to grow spiritually, should one pray for more tests?

I don't know if I made myself clear. Anyway, thank you for your input.
 
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:17 PM   #2
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With fire we test the gold and with gold we test our servants... I know that we get tested many times everyday. I also know that God does not test an individual beyond his or her capacity. But I also know that I grow more spiritually when I go through a period of hardship and difficulties.

If pain and suffering is the price one has to pay in order to grow spiritually, should one pray for more tests?

I don't know if I made myself clear. Anyway, thank you for your input.
I understand what you are saying.

My entire life has been tests with a few brief respites. I do not expect that to end although I would not mind if it did. I think that there is a limit to how much any soul can endure, but since the Writings say that nobody us tested beyond their capacity, I try to accept that.

I know I have grown spiritually from these tests but I do not expect the full realization of that will come until after I cast off my mortal frame. It is worth all I have had to endure if I can help others because of it.

“O My servants! Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain.” Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 329
 
Old 01-20-2018, 11:01 PM   #3
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what you have asked, I have done in the past. I believed that tests are means of growth, and thus, sometimes (more than sometimes in fact!) I have prayed to be tested. But then I realized something. That was when I pray to be tested, usually I fail in the test that comes to me. Then I felt it is because when we pray to be tested, we (even unconsciously) put emphasize on our power to pass it, so God sends a difficult test just to show us that we must be content with the tests He sends at times HE wants to. Then I learnt that everyday tests of life, if one goes through them consciously, are really enough to bring out the light in us. we do not really need to pray for tests. as we grow stronger, the tests become harder by themselves. so these days, I will enjoy the intervals between the tests (as short as they are!) and just pray to God to give me enough strength, patience, and foresight to be able to pass all my tests successfully.
and then, sometimes, God wants us to fail in a test, because failure can teach us a lot. so I also pray so that God will help me to see the logic behind the happenings of life.
 
Old 01-21-2018, 12:58 PM   #4
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Allaho Abha Thomas

what you have asked, I have done in the past. I believed that tests are means of growth, and thus, sometimes (more than sometimes in fact!) I have prayed to be tested. But then I realized something. That was when I pray to be tested, usually I fail in the test that comes to me. Then I felt it is because when we pray to be tested, we (even unconsciously) put emphasize on our power to pass it, so God sends a difficult test just to show us that we must be content with the tests He sends at times HE wants to. Then I learnt that everyday tests of life, if one goes through them consciously, are really enough to bring out the light in us. we do not really need to pray for tests. as we grow stronger, the tests become harder by themselves. so these days, I will enjoy the intervals between the tests (as short as they are!) and just pray to God to give me enough strength, patience, and foresight to be able to pass all my tests successfully.
and then, sometimes, God wants us to fail in a test, because failure can teach us a lot. so I also pray so that God will help me to see the logic behind the happenings of life.
Thanks, that was a really good post, and very helpful, given tests is my middle name... I may have more to say later, I am on the run to deal with one of my tests.
 
Old 01-21-2018, 04:41 PM   #5
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When I was younger, I used to pray frequently for certain things to happen, for example for loved ones to embrace the Faith or for me to be able to do something. I find myself doing this less frequently and prefacing any direct "requests" with "If it by Thy Will, ..." This seems somehow more respectful.

I, personally, mainly use prayers from my Bahá'í prayer book. As far as tests go, they seem to come without the need to ask for them!
 
Old 02-14-2018, 05:13 PM   #6
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:59 PM   #7
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