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Baha'i Q and A: Why don't Baha'is pray in their own words?

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Q: Baha'i prayers are often read from books. Why don't Baha'is pray in their own words? A: Reading prayers aloud is a common feature of Baha'i gatherings. Participants often take turns reading from a prayer book while others listen in reverent silence. Prayers written by the central figures of the Baha'i Faith--the Bab, Baha'u'llah, and 'Abdu'l-Baha--are held in high esteem, as they are considered by Baha'is to be the revealed Word of God, and imbued with spiritual powers. These prayers are used for many purposes--for spiritual growth, for facing difficulties, for healing and more. Individuals are also free to offer prayers from the heart, in their own words, and many do so during their own personal prayer time. Prayer for Healing: Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. --Baha'u'llah