The Long Obligatory Prayer is one of the central prayers in the Baha’i Faith, and is recited daily by Baha’is around the world. This prayer is also known as the “Greater Obligatory Prayer,” and is a beautiful and powerful expression of devotion and surrender to God. The prayer is structured into three parts, each with a specific focus: the first part is an expression of humility and recognition of God’s greatness; the second part is a request for forgiveness and guidance; and the third part is a prayer for protection and confirmation in carrying out one’s duties and responsibilities. The Long Obligatory Prayer is a reminder of the spiritual significance of daily prayer and the importance of continually turning to God for guidance and strength.
Please read the prayers below which will provide guidance for Long Obligatory Prayer. May God Bless You!
Long Obligatory Prayer 1
O my God,
How my spirit hath been stirred up within my limbs and members, in its longing to worship Thee, and in its yearning to remember Thee and extol Thee; how it testifieth to that whereunto the tongue of Thy Commandment hath testified in the kingdom of Thine utterance and the heaven of Thy knowledge. I love in this state, O my Lord, to beg of Thee all that is with Thee, that I may demonstrate my poverty, and magnify Thy bounty and Thy riches, and may declare my powerlessness, and manifest Thy power and Thy might.
Long Obligatory Prayer 2
O God, my God,
My back is bowed by the burden of my sins, and my heedlessness hath destroyed me. Whenever I ponder my evil doings and Thy benevolence, my heart melteth within me, and my blood boileth in my veins. By Thy Beauty, O Thou the Desire of the world! I blush to lift up my face to Thee, and my longing hands are ashamed to stretch forth toward the heaven of Thy bounty. Thou seest, O my God, how my tears prevent me from remembering Thee and from extolling Thy virtues, O Thou the Lord of the Throne on high and of earth below! I implore Thee by the signs of Thy Kingdom and the mysteries of Thy Dominion to do with Thy loved ones as becometh Thy bounty, O Lord of all being, and is worthy of Thy grace, O King of the seen and the unseen.