‘Abdu’l-Bahá tells us that prayer is a loving conversation with God. When we love someone, we want to spend time with them, converse with them, and tell them of our love. Even though God knows what’s in our hearts, we still want to tell Him and thank Him for the blessings He has given us.
When we converse with God each day, our love for Him grows stronger, we feel more joyful, and closer to Him. And because God loves us more than we can imagine, we constantly receive blessings as we pray to Him to guide and protect us, to help us become worthy of His love.
Prayers/readings for study
Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men. (Bahá’u’lláh)
- Ruhu’llah’s Prayer. Ruhi Book 3, Grade 2, Lesson 1.
- Intone, by MJ Cyr (official site, with music).
- Nabil M. has also produced a beautiful R&B-styled rendition that could be put to dance by older children or junior youth.
- Drawings #9 (“O Son of Man! Humble thyself…”), #10 (“Be thou happy and well pleased…”), or #20 (“Verily, I supplicate God…”) from Book 3, Grade 1. Although the quotes are different, the drawings are still related.
“Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men. Whoso reciteth, in the privacy of his chamber, the verses revealed by God, the scattering angels of the Almighty shall scatter abroad the fragrance of the words uttered by his mouth, and shall cause the heart of every righteous man to throb. Though he may, at first, remain unaware of its effect, yet the virtue of the grace vouchsafed unto him must needs sooner or later exercise its influence upon his soul. Thus have the mysteries of the Revelation of God been decreed by virtue of the Will of Him Who is the Source of power and wisdom.” (Bahá’u’lláh)