MAINTAINING A PRAYERFUL ATTITUDE
Lesson 1 to 3 is about the nature of prayer. Abdu’l-Baha tells us that prayer is a “conversation with God”.
We already mentioned that when we pray, we speak to God. When we love another, our greatest wish is to be close to the one we love and to express the love he feels.
To understand the nature of prayer and why we pray, we would need to also look at the effects of prayer. We can ask God for things that we want, and He will answer our prayers in accordance with Divine wisdom.
We can pray for things related to the specific circumstances of our lives and for the development of spiritual qualities, both in ourselves and in others.
We must understand that prayer is not just a time for us to make requests of God. Remember that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells us, “In the highest prayer, men pray only for the love of God, not because they fear Him or hell, or hope for bounty or heaven. . . .”
What are some of the things we pray for?
LINKS TO LESSONS BELOW
LESSON 1: THE NATURE OF PRAYER
LESSON 2: WHY WE PRAY
LESSON 3: HOW TO PRAY
PRAYER TO BE MEMORIZED FOR THIS SET
O Lord! I am a child; enable me to grow beneath the shadow of Thy loving kindness. I am a tender plant; cause me to be nurtured through the outpourings of the clouds of Thy bounty. I am a sapling of the garden of love; make me into a fruitful tree. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful, and Thou art the All-Loving, the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing.‘Abdu’l-Bahá