A question regarding the choice of prayer

Aug 2010
Hello to all! Allah-u-Abha!

I am struggling with a personal issue regarding an individual with whom I suffered a falling out, a major betrayal of trust. Thoughts of this person and his actions are causing me considerable distress. Can anyone recommend a specific prayer that you have found to be effective or helpful in a situation like this? This is becoming quite painful.

Thank you.

Jun 2009
Hi Ameroux,

I think in that situation I would use a short prayer by The Báb

Say: God sufficeth all things, above all things, and nothing in the heaven or the earth but God Sufficieth. Verily, He is, in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent.

I presume you have a Bahá'í prayer-book. I would also look in the Tests and difficulties and detatchment sections.

May you find peace of mind in your prayers and meditations
Jun 2006
I have a favorite prayer that may help and it was a favorite of a good friend of mine Jack Irons a long time Baha'i who poineered in Soldotna, Alaska..so in his memory I'll share it here:

O Lord, my God and my Haven in my distress! My Shield and my Shelter in my woes! My Asylum and Refuge in time of need and in my loneliness my Companion! In my anguish my Solace, and in my solitude a loving Friend! The Remover of the pangs of my sorrows and the Pardoner of my sins!

Wholly unto Thee do I turn, fervently imploring Thee with all my heart, my mind and my tongue, to shield me from all that runs counter to Thy will in this, the cycle of Thy divine unity, and to cleanse me of all defilement that will hinder me from seeking, stainless and unsullied, the shade of the tree of Thy grace.

Have mercy, O Lord, on the feeble, make whole the sick, and quench the burning thirst.

Gladden the bosom wherein the fire of Thy love doth smolder, and set it aglow with the flame of Thy celestial love and spirit.

Robe the tabernacles of divine unity with the vesture of holiness, and set upon my head the crown of Thy favor.

Illumine my face with the radiance of the orb of Thy bounty, and graciously aid me in ministering at Thy holy threshold. 30

Make my heart overflow with love for Thy creatures and grant that I may become the sign of Thy mercy, the token of Thy grace, the promoter of concord amongst Thy loved ones, devoted unto Thee, uttering Thy commemoration and forgetful of self but ever mindful of what is Thine.

O God, my God! Stay not from me the gentle gales of Thy pardon and grace, and deprive me not of the wellsprings of Thine aid and favor.

'Neath the shade of Thy protecting wings let me nestle, and cast upon me the glance of Thine all-protecting eye.

Loose my tongue to laud Thy name amidst Thy people, that my voice may be raised in great assemblies and from my lips may stream the flood of Thy praise.

Thou art, in all truth, the Gracious, the Glorified, the Mighty, the Omnipotent.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 28)

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