Teaching Prayer

William Metts

Oh God. Make me a teacher in thy cause. Cause my mouth to utter the wisdom of thy ways. Make me wise, kind, good, and understanding. Give me the courage of thy martyrs, the patience of thy saints, And the knowledge of thy chosen ones. Make me a fire That will burn through the darkness of man's ignorance, A flag that will sing and echo through his despair. And beloved Father, all I can return for these many gifts Is a love so great it threatens to tear me in two. I love thee from the innermost corners of my soul. I beg for the priceless favor of being allowed to serve thee. All that my heart is crying and my words cannot express, I know thou, heavenly Father, understandeth. I can say no more.

Teaching Prayer attributed to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá but cannot be confirmed as authentic