Musical renditions are linked below the prayers.
Prayer for Protection
Immeasurably exalted art Thou, O Lord! Protect us from what lieth in front of us and behind us, above our heads, on our right, on our left, below our feet and every other side to which we are exposed. Verily, Thy protection over all things is unfailing. ~ The Báb
Morning Prayer – Awakened in Thy Shelter
I have awakened in Thy shelter, O my God, and it becometh him that seeketh that shelter to abide within the sanctuary of Thy protection and the Stronghold of Thy defence. Illumine my inner being, O my Lord, with the splendours of the Day-Spring of Thy Revelation, even as Thou didst illumine my outer being with the morning light of Thy favour. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
Morning Protection Prayer – Return Home in Safety
I have risen this morning by Thy grace, O my God, and left my home trusting wholly in Thee, and committing myself to Thy care. Send down, then, upon me, out of the heaven of Thy mercy, a blessing from Thy side, and enable me to return home in safety even as Thou didst enable me to set out under Thy protection with my thoughts fixed steadfastly upon Thee.
There is none other God but Thee, the One, the Incomparable, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
I Have Risen /Chresongs
Protection Prayer– From the Wayward and the Perverse
O God, my God! I have set out from my home, holding fast unto the cord of Thy love, and I have committed myself wholly to Thy care and Thy protection. I entreat Thee by Thy power through which Thou didst protect Thy loved ones from the wayward and the perverse, and from every contumacious oppressor, and every wicked doer who hath strayed far from Thee, to keep me safe by Thy bounty and Thy grace. Enable me, then, to return to my home by Thy power and Thy might. Thou art, truly, the Almighty, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
Protection Prayer – Against Natural Disasters
Baha’u’llah worte: “On the appearance of fearful natural events call ye to mind the might and majesty of your Lord, He Who heareth and seeth all, and say:
“Dominion is God’s, the Lord of the seen and the unseen, the Lord of creation.”
“Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” is an invocation to God meaning “O Thou Glory of the All-Glorious” in Arabic.
Prayer in Times of Tests and Difficulties
I adjure Thee by Thy might, O my God! Let no harm beset me in times of tests, and in moments of heedlessness guide my steps aright through Thine inspiration. Thou art God, potent art Thou to do what Thou desirest. No one can withstand Thy Will or thwart Thy Purpose. ~ The Báb
I Adjure Thee /Shadi,Hoda & Leif
Prayer for Remover of Difficulties
Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding! ~ The Báb
Remover of Difficulties /Baha’i Festival Choir | Remover of Difficulties /Parish | Remover of Difficulties /Jamey Heath | Remover of Difficulties / Shadi & Shidan – English and Arabic | Remover of Difficulties /Walter Heath
Prayer for Detachment
Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent. ~ The Báb
Prayer for the Relief of Anxiety
O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord. ~ Baha’i Prayer
A Calming Meditation
O God, My God, My Beloved, My Heart’s Desire. ~ The Báb
Prayer for Guidance & Protection
O God, Guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the mighty and the powerful. – Abdul- Baha
Beseeching Guidance through Dreams
I give praise to Thee, O my God, that Thou hast awakened me out of my sleep, and brought me forth after my disappearance, and raised me up from my slumber… I beseech Thee, by the potency of Thy will and the compelling power of Thy purpose, to make of what Thou didst reveal unto me in my sleep the surest foundation for the mansions of Thy love that are within the hearts of Thy loved ones, and the best instrument for the revelation of the tokens of Thy grace and Thy loving-kindness.
Do Thou ordain for me through Thy most exalted Pen, O my Lord, the good of this world and of the next. I testify that within Thy grasp are held the reins of all things. Thou changest them as Thou pleasest. No God is there save Thee, the Strong, the Faithful.
Thou art He Who changeth through His bidding abasement into glory, and weakness into strength, and powerlessness into might, and fear into calm, and doubt into certainty. No God is there but Thee, the Mighty, the Beneficent.
Thou disappointest no one who hath sought Thee, nor dost Thou keep back from Thee anyone who hath desired Thee. Ordain Thou for me what becometh the heaven of Thy generosity, and the ocean of Thy bounty. Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the Most Powerful. ~ Bahá’u’lláh (full text)
Trust In God
God is sufficient unto me, He verily is the All-sufficing, In Him let the trusting trust.
Arabic: Qul Alláhu yakfí ‘an kulli shay’in. Va-‘ala’lláhi fal-yatavakkalu mutavakkilún.
(A prayer chanted by Baha’u’llah with His companions while imprisoned in Tehran’s notorious “Black Pit.”)
O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge, and toward all Thy signs I set my heart.
O Lord! Whether traveling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.
Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy!
Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever Thou hast ordained for me.
Thine is the absolute authority to command. ~ The Báb
…O God, my God! I have returned to Thee, and verily Thou art the the Ever-Forgiving, the Gracious…O God, my God! I have hastened toward Thee, and verily Thou art the Forgiver, the Lord of grace abounding. O God, my God! I thirst for the celestial wine of Thy grace, and verily Thou art the Giver, the Bountiful, the Gracious, the Almighty… ~ Bahá’u’lláh
I Have Returned To Thee /Jamey Heath
I beg Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention but the mention of Thee, and for every praise but the praise of Thee, and for every delight but delight in Thy nearness, and for every pleasure but the pleasure of communion with Thee, and for every joy but the joy of Thy love and of Thy good-pleasure, and for all things pertaining unto me which bear no relationship unto Thee, O Thou Who art the Lord of lords, He Who provideth the means and unlocketh the doors. ~ The Báb
Forgiveness /Luke Slott
“به تو آمدم (I Have Returned to Thee)” by Mohammad Torki
A provisional translation of the prayer:
My God, My Adored One! From Thee have I come, and unto Thee have I returned. Illumine my heart with the light of Thy knowledge. Thou art that Almighty One Whose omnipotence can never be stayed by such power as the world and its peoples can muster. With a single splendor from the sun of Thy beneficence, oceans of generosity have appeared, and with but one effulgence from the day-star of Thy munificence, the world of being was begotten. Remove, O divine Providence, that which beseemeth not Thy days, and confer whatsoever Thou deemest worthy. Thou art that Bestower Whose bounty knoweth no limit or constraint. We are Thy servants; it is Thee that we seek, and Thee that we supplicate. Thou art the Gracious, the Most Bountiful. ~ Bahá’u’lláh