Reflection on the medium obligatory prayer

Aug 2017
75
USA
For background; I very recently have decided to work towards declaring as a Baha'i and am still learning and processing and praying about the core teachings. I had posted something attacking evangelicals in another thread and popsthebuilder wisely pointed out my error in being too negative of the faith of others. When I went to pray, his words and the words of the pray hit me.

"Exalted art Thou above my praise and the praise of anyone beside me, above my description and the description of all who are in heaven and all who are on earth!"
God is beyond my ability to describe him and is beyond that of any group. I need to let go of feeling like I'm right or they are wrong. I was humbled before God who alone gives revelation and understanding.

"Disappoint not, O my God, him that hath, with beseeching fingers, clung to the hem of Thy mercy and Thy grace"
Every person of any faith is seeking God with the same need for Him that I have. I have no authority nor right nor would want to deny anyone access to God's presence and mercy.

"O Thou Who of those who show mercy art the Most Merciful!"
Those who show mercy... I need to show mercy to others. I would of course say I'm only criticizing their ideas not them personally. But I don't think that's merciful. I dislike evangelicals so much because they didn't show mercy to me. But I need to pray for healing and work towards forgiveness. Otherwise it's going to continue to hold me back.

C.S. Lewis (an evangelical Christian) wrote a wonderful book called the Great Divorce in which he imagines heaven and hell and the people who live there and their conversations with God. Lewis depicts he'll not as fire but of self delusion where people live in imaginary houses that cannot keep out the cold and the rain. They end up being consumed by their delusions and move farther and farther apart. They can take a trip up to heaven whenever they want and stay as long as they like, but each of them is too prideful or too hurt to accept it. I don't agree with any literal view of hell, but this metaphor could apply to me (or any of us). Do I let my vain knowledge of "imaginings" or keeping score of past wrongs keep me from experiencing God's presence and from being freed by receiving and giving mercy? I pray not.
 
Jun 2017
27
US
For background; I very recently have decided to work towards declaring as a Baha'i and am still learning and processing and praying about the core teachings. I had posted something attacking evangelicals in another thread and popsthebuilder wisely pointed out my error in being too negative of the faith of others. When I went to pray, his words and the words of the pray hit me.

"Exalted art Thou above my praise and the praise of anyone beside me, above my description and the description of all who are in heaven and all who are on earth!"
God is beyond my ability to describe him and is beyond that of any group. I need to let go of feeling like I'm right or they are wrong. I was humbled before God who alone gives revelation and understanding.

"Disappoint not, O my God, him that hath, with beseeching fingers, clung to the hem of Thy mercy and Thy grace"
Every person of any faith is seeking God with the same need for Him that I have. I have no authority nor right nor would want to deny anyone access to God's presence and mercy.

"O Thou Who of those who show mercy art the Most Merciful!"
Those who show mercy... I need to show mercy to others. I would of course say I'm only criticizing their ideas not them personally. But I don't think that's merciful. I dislike evangelicals so much because they didn't show mercy to me. But I need to pray for healing and work towards forgiveness. Otherwise it's going to continue to hold me back.

C.S. Lewis (an evangelical Christian) wrote a wonderful book called the Great Divorce in which he imagines heaven and hell and the people who live there and their conversations with God. Lewis depicts he'll not as fire but of self delusion where people live in imaginary houses that cannot keep out the cold and the rain. They end up being consumed by their delusions and move farther and farther apart. They can take a trip up to heaven whenever they want and stay as long as they like, but each of them is too prideful or too hurt to accept it. I don't agree with any literal view of hell, but this metaphor could apply to me (or any of us). Do I let my vain knowledge of "imaginings" or keeping score of past wrongs keep me from experiencing God's presence and from being freed by receiving and giving mercy? I pray not.
May the edification of the faithful and those who seek to be so be brought about through your words and deeds to the glory of GOD dear friend.

good post

peace