Analysis of the Short Obligatory Prayer

Nov 2015

The text of the prayer is very intelligent. Look :

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.

I think that this prayer was designed for times of danger.

When a Baha'i is escaping a danger, or happends to be in great trouble, he doesn't have time to make long prayers. He is in urge.

This prayer not only allows an endangered Baha'i (or a believer who goes through great difficulties) to have time to perform his religious duty, it is also designed to offer him protection. If he is urged, the prayer gives him protection.

That is why, I think, God is called "the Help in peril", and the passages in bold seem particularly appropriate for someone who is in a hurry or in trouble.
Oct 2013
United States
I've thought about this prayer often but never come up with this interpretation. What you say rings true. Thanks!