How To Make Decisions – And Pray Efficiently – 5 Steps Offered By Shoghi Effendi

How To make decisions

- and pray efficiently -

5 Easy Steps Offered By Shoghi Effendi

Well, first of all I must remind you of what Shoghi Effendi said about prayer:

Now, with that being said, I am here to share with you Shoghi Effendi’s awesome advice! It is truly life-changing!

Actually, wait a second, I still have to make 2 more observations:

1st: "Regarding the five steps of prayer outlined by the Guardian and recorded by Mrs. Moffett in her booklet the 'Call to Prayer': These, he wishes me to explain, are merely personal suggestions and need not, therefore, be adopted strictly and universally by the believers."

(From a letter dated June 30, 1938 written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer)

2nd: The below five steps were suggested by the beloved Guardian Shoghi Effendi to a believer as a means of finding a solution through the use of prayer. This statement belongs to the category of statements known as “pilgrims notes", and as such has no authority, but since it seems to be particularly helpful and clear it was felt that believers should not be deprived of it.

Okay! Now with all observations made here are the 5 awesome steps that will change your praying game! (Sorry for my terms, is just that this is very exciting!) Okay, here we go!

“…use these five steps if we have a problem of any kind for which we desire a solution, or wish help.”

(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 384-385)

THE 5 STEPS:

STEP 1:

PRAY AND MEDITATE ABOUT IT.
USE THE PRAYERS OF THE MANIFESTATIONS
AS THEY HAVE THE GREATEST POWER. THEN REMAIN IN THE SILENCE OF CONTEMPLATION FOR A FEW MINUTES.

 

STEP 2:

ARRIVE AT A DECISION AND HOLD THIS.
THIS DECISION IS USUALLY BORN DURING THE CONTEMPLATION. IT MAY SEEM ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT BUT IF IT SEEMS TO BE AS ANSWER TO A PRAYER OR A WAY OF SOLVING THE PROBLEM, THEN IMMEDIATELY TAKE THE NEXT STEP.

 

STEP 3:

HAVE DETERMINATION TO CARRY THE DECISION THROUGH.
MANY FAIL HERE. THE DECISION, BUDDING INTO DETERMINATION, IS BLIGHTED AND INSTEAD BECOMES A WISH OR A VAGUE LONGING. WHEN DETERMINATION IS BORN, IMMEDIATELY TAKE THE NEXT STEP.

 

STEP 4:

HAVE FAITH AND CONFIDENCE
THAT THE POWER WILL FLOW THROUGH YOU, THE RIGHT WAY WILL APPEAR, THE DOOR WILL OPEN, THE RIGHT THOUGHT, THE RIGHT MESSAGE, THE RIGHT PRINCIPLE, OR THE RIGHT BOOK WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU. HAVE CONFIDENCE AND THE RIGHT THING WILL COME TO YOUR NEED. THEN, AS YOU RISE FROM PRAYER, TAKE AT ONCE THE 5TH STEP.

 

STEP 5:

ACT AS THOUGH IT HAD ALL BEEN ANSWERED.
THEN ACT WITH TIRELESS, CEASELESS ENERGY. AND AS YOU ACT, YOU, YOURSELF, WILL BECOME A MAGNET, WHICH WILL ATTRACT MORE POWER TO YOUR BEING, UNTIL YOU BECOME AN UNOBSTRUCTED CHANNEL FOR THE DIVINE POWER TO FLOW THROUGH YOU. MANY PRAY BUT DO NOT REMAIN FOR THE LAST HALF OF THE FIRST STEP. SOME WHO MEDITATE ARRIVE AT A DECISION, BUT FAIL TO HOLD IT. FEW HAVE THE DETERMINATION TO CARRY THE DECISION THROUGH, STILL FEWER HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT THE RIGHT THING WILL COME TO THEIR NEED. BUT HOW MANY REMEMBER TO ACT AS THOUGH IT HAD ALL BEEN ANSWERED? HOW TRUE ARE THESE WORDS “GREATER THAN THE PRAYER IS THE SPIRIT IN WHICH IT IS UTTERED” AND GREATER THAN THE WAY IT IS UTTERED IS THE SPIRIT IN WHICH IT IS CARRIED OUT.

SHOGHI EFFENDI, PRINCIPLES OF BAHÁ’Í ADMINISTRATION, P. 91.

ISN'T IT AMAZING? TrULY A GIFT FROM SHOGHI EFFENDI!

HERE ARE A FEW MORE QUOTES TO COMPLIMENT THE 5 STEPS ABOVE:

"… There are no set forms of meditation prescribed in the teachings, no plan, as such, for inner development. The friends are urged—nay enjoined—to pray, and they also should meditate, but the manner of doing the latter is left entirely to the individual…

"The inspiration received through meditation is of a nature that one cannot measure or determine. God can inspire into our minds things that we had no previous knowledge of, if he desires to do so."

(From a letter dated June 30, 1938 written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer)

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And i guess that's it! How anxious are you to try this!? Don't forget to share it with the people you love!

Much love,

Tay