Prayers, A Lifetime Of Conversation With Our Heavenly Father - Sun Myung Moon
Filial Piety [Part 3 of 4]
Please Let Us Become True Sons And Daughters Who Serve You, Father
Father! We really want to know your hope, your situation, and your heart. From that kind of position we can call you our father, and we know well how much you have longed for and sought for sons and daughters who pledge to find and establish the nation where we can serve you eternally. And we also know that it was only Jesus Christ, who lived and died on this earth, who called you "Father" from that kind of position of hope.
He knew your hope, knew your situation, and knew your heart. He knew that your hope was destroyed in the course of history, and it was ostracized in the circumstances of the ages, and it remains as a difficult hope while pioneering the circumstances of the future. Your situation is a situation of pathetic tears, and it is a situation placed in an environment no one can sympathize with even if they want to, and he went the path of death together with humankind.
He felt from your position that it was a situation he had to struggle with, and he felt your indignant and angry heart at the time you lost Adam, and your frustrated heart when you sent the messiah. And we know that he did not lose your hope, your situation or your heart, and while hoping for your mighty will and doctrine, he quietly went through a period of preparation, determined to die, pledged before you, and went forth on the path of the pioneer.
We have come to know about the heart of Jesus who faced the cross with the hope he could not realize remaining in his heart, and even though feeling his situation was bleak, in order to not be called an unfilial child he sought to fulfill the duty of loyalty and to carry out completely the duty of filial piety. How much have you longed for true sons and true daughters who can call you father from that kind of position? How much have you longed for true sons and daughters who subjugate the enemy through the hands of those sons, and who bring the enemy to ruin through the hands of those daughters, and for children who gather together serving you and singing praises of your victory, "May the resolution of your grief and your hope for this land of great grief be realized! And may you receive glory!"
We know that you have looked forward to having those kinds of sons and daughters call out to you in your name from that kind of position. We all hold on to you alone, Father, and we hope to become loyal subjects and faithful women who establish your dignity by offering all our filial piety and by offering all our loyalty to you. We are earnestly hoping that we will be able to call you our father from that kind of position, and be able to attend you as our father.
We want only to become true sons and daughters who can really call you "Father," and true loyal subjects and faithful women who are able to really love you. This alone is our treasure; this alone is the purpose of our lives. Until now for the sake of this way we have lived dealing with all kinds of trials, and we are going this way today as well. Since from now we must go forth again, please let us become people who do not pass our sorrow on to you even if death blocks our way.
When we are in a sorrowful position, we should consider that as your sorrow, and we will have to be able to embrace and comfort each other, and we will have to become people who are able to long for and find such a father and such a son. Even if a person like that is dressed in ragged clothes, and he disappears through meeting his final death from a position where he is being ostracized, he cannot but be your son. Therefore, we know that the appearance in heaven and on earth of that son and the father whom that son calls, is the end of the fallen history, and the hope of the course of restoration.
We have realized that it is the ideal of the second coming to have one son come to the earth who can be established as a world-level son and who can take responsibility for all of heaven and earth as unfinished works.
Therefore, from that kind of position, please let us be able inherit your innermost heart, inherit all your external circumstances, and to inherit all of your unfinished work as true sons and daughters. Please allow us to be able to direct the world here on earth, lead the rest of the people, and guide them to you, and please let us be able to sweep away the remaining enemies and be able to judge again.
Earnestly hoping for and desiring this, we have humbly prayed all these things in the holy name of the Lord. Amen.
January 3, 1965
Please Let Us Become True Filial Children Who Attend You Offering All Our Devotion
Father! We must not become a group that is just following. We earnestly hope and desire that you will let us become people who appear as those who are leading the way, in front of you, in front of our people, and in front of humankind.
Father! You have the grief of having worked so hard in sorrow for many grief-filled days, and since it was the grief of many people betraying heaven and becoming enemy groups, we know well that it is we who must take on the burden of this grief-filled day and these grief-filled situations.
We earnestly hope and desire that you will let us become your sons and daughters who are able to rejoice of our own volition about offering ourselves as heavenly sacrifices for the sake of the universe and all things of creation by taking on the responsibility for that burden.
Now at this time we are hoping that we can report honestly about everything of our past days and on the foundation of pure and clean minds, we hope that our minds can be filled only with hearts that long for you and affection that adores you. By doing that, we earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will allow us to be true filial sons and true filial daughters who are able to attend you with devotion, and not mind no matter what kind of situation you are in and no matter how you appear.
Now we earnestly hope that at this time you will let each one of us have earliest minds which bind together all our various kinds of devotion and offer them, and bow down humbly and are able to call out to you, and are able to weep endlessly held in your embrace.
The father who has come to us until now has not been someone else's father. Since we have understood that you are my father and our father, we earnestly hope and desire that you will once again hold in your embrace these sorrowful children who are standing on the way of the destiny of restoration and who have to form a destined relationship with you, Father.
We have humbly prayed all these things in the holy name of the Lord. Amen.
January 12, 1966
Please Let Us Become True Filial Children And Fulfill Our Responsibilities
Father! We did not know that you are our father who for billions and billions of years could not stay apart from us even if we wanted to stay apart from you. What was your sorrow, Father? We did not know that it was your sorrow to have lost your children and to have lost history. But now following the ardent wish of your sorrowful command, we have bowed down before you in this place and are sincerely grateful to you.
We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will let us become true filial sons and daughters who know that as long as historical grief remains, your grief remains as well, and as long as historical sorrow remains, your sorrow remains.
The time has come when your children must appear who can block this kind of flow of history, and who feel keenly that there remains the path of the world-level Golgotha where the building of an altar for you must be passed on to the people and the world.
Your children who have gathered here, for whom have they lived until today? And what are they looking to as they go forward? We have the mission of having to be responsible for the entire destiny of history left by heaven, and since we have walked forth having determined ourselves and having pledged to do that mission, please do not let us hesitate or give up along the way.
We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will not let us become a group that fights with the evil enemy and in the end is defeated and brought to its knees.
We earnestly hope that you will remember the lonely group which is bowing down at your altar representing many peoples today. And even more, we earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will remember your children who are shedding tears and looking up to this place today also, and who are struggling, saying that they will take on the lamentations of the people and who are concerned about heaven and humankind even while on their lonely paths of being driven out in every corner of the peninsula.
We have come to know that all these things were destined relationships in your sorrowful history. As long as the sorrowful relationships and sorrowful history which remain before us are not cleared up, please do not let us become ungrateful children who flee from this path or avoid this path. We earnestly hope and desire that you will let us become your true sons and daughters who are able to learn the duties of filial children and learn the fidelity of loyal subjects.
We have prayed all these things in the name of the Lord. Amen.
March 13, 1966
Please Let Us Have The Qualification Of True Sons And Daughters
Please let us appear as sons and daughters who are able to promise filial piety to you, Father, and who are able to dwell in the midst of your heart.
Father! In addition to having minds that adore you and minds that long for you so much that we cannot endure without loving you, please let us become sons and daughters who long for you, Father, even if we lose consciousness, collapse, or are on the verge of death. We did not know that you are longing for many children who are able to feel ashamed about their inadequate selves even though they have given all kinds of devotion and sacrifice for the purpose of realizing your will.
We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will allow us Unification children to become your children who know how to make efforts to see our Heavenly father look joyful while we cover our faces and suppress our joy for fear that our own joy might show in front you. Father! Please do not let there be anything in our real relationships that holds us back as brave people in the vanguard standing before the will. Since we know well that we are all precious brothers and sisters who were born with each individual receiving one blood lineage centered on the love of you who are perfect, please let us become children who know how to stop and go together with your sorrow.
We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will let us become true filial sons and daughters who are able to shoulder your yoke in your stead and release you from it.
Oh Father! Your children who have gathered together here are children who have already pledged themselves to you, Father. Since they have pledged millions of times to offer their minds and bodies to you, please allow them to offer their bodies to you in purity. We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to become your children who sanctify our bodies and offer them eternally to you, Father, and who make efforts to become sons and daughters who reveal your love in place of you.
We have humbly prayed in the holy name of the True Parents. Amen.
May 14, 1967
Please Let Us Welcome In The Original Spring Together With You, Father
Father! Since spring indeed symbolizes liberation, we will once again have to long for the joy of being held in the embrace of your love. Since spring promises a new beginning, we will have to make a new beginning while held in the embrace of your love. Just as all things in nature are in harmony in spring, please allow us to be able to restore the nature of the subject partner which is able to harmonize with the entire universe while being held in the embrace of your love, Father. Just as spring evokes relationships of song and dance, we too will have to long for the time when we are able to do that centered on your love in the bosom of your love.
As though this spring were a foundation for rest, centered on your will, please allow us to be able to long to become people who rest held in the embrace of your love, Father. Father! By, inheriting all your internal circumstances in that way, please let us once again internally long for the original human beings who could have made a new beginning with hope in the Garden of Eden, and who could have been immersed in your love with hope. We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to feel that kind of destined relationship as we welcome in spring, and please let us offer eternal thanks to you, and let the gardens of our minds be like that.
Father! Please cause all the essential conditions of spring to appear once again in the gardens of the minds of each individual, and please allow our minds to be places where you are able to personally dwell.
It is not the liberation of humankind alone; it is not the beginning of humankind alone; and it is not the harmony of humankind alone; rather, you must be liberated, Father. You must make a beginning, and you must become the central being of harmony, Father. Indeed, we must raise you up as our father who can extend out his arms and dance and sing. Since we must become people who are able to prepare an eternal foundation for you where you can rest, please allow this to be a time when we are able to learn this kind of wisdom through this spring.
We have humbly prayed in the holy name of the True Parents. Amen.
April 21, 1968
Please Let Us Become Children Who Comprehend Through Our Hearts
We know that the time of hope that you wanted to realize centered on the ideal of creation of heaven and earth has not yet been able to appear on earth. We know that when you created all the things of creation and humankind, your joy was great, but until now there has been no one who fathomed the heart of our father who looked forward to the family of goodness which is realized through eternal life and eternal love centered on humankind, and there has been no one on this earth who has experienced it. We will have to truly realize that it is grievous, infuriating, and disappointing that our human ancestors could not attend you and that they could not be embraced within your will.
We will have to realize that the place where you want to meet us and discuss circumstances with us is not the environment of the present reality where we have lived until now; rather, it is your world of heart which is on a lofty level.
Please let us be able to truly understand that that world will not come about centered on the circumstances tangled through the fall; rather that world is realized centered on the heart of our father who is longing for that one time in which he can feel and move centered on the true original destined relationships which are far beyond all situations. We earnestly hope and desire, father, that you will allow us to be able to stand in a position of being able to comprehend through our hearts and not only say that we feel.
We earnestly hope and desire to become your children who are able to feel that you are alive through the flow of blood in our veins, and who can sense your breath in the sound of our breathing, and who can feel the touch of the mercy of our infinite Father through the sense of touch of our skin.
Oh Father! Please let us realize what sorrowful people we are since we have not had a single hour with hearts like innocent children who are able to be comforted by you, completely immersed in the midst of the merciful heart of our profound and lofty Father.
We have humbly prayed in the holy name of our True Parents. Amen.
November 17, 1968
Please Let Us Become Children Who Are Able To Be Held In The Embrace Of Your Heart
Oh Father! There are many gatherings of people in this world, but in their midst inadequate children have gathered together in the midst of an environment which has nothing to offer. We are not seeking to possess you, Father, with the standard that you are seeking. Since we seek to repent before you, Father, through the flow of true, deep minds reflecting on our inadequate selves, we earnestly hope and desire that you will allow this to be a time when we mobilize our minds and we are able to thirst for a relationship with your situation.
Father, through your infinite authority and power you have had dominion over this earth and many people, but since we are longing for your mercy and grace more than your power, when we reflect on your words and call you our father, please raise up a revolution in our hearts in order to make our earnest minds able to explode and to want to be held in the embrace of your heart.
Please bring about a change of heart, and please let us be able to be accepted as people who are yours. Since we truly desire to be like that, Father, please come to us here.
Your situation must become our situation; your hope must become our hope; and your heart and our hearts must be able to become one.
And if you are faced with sorrow we should be sorrowful, too, and if you are joyful, we should be joyful, too. Since we have gathered together in this place putting you first, and we are thirsting to become people who are able to become one with you as substantial beings who are your objects, we earnestly hope and desire that you will please act at this time to eliminate everything which is not appropriate to that.
Please act to raise up original minds which are completely able to conform and to be absorbed there, and please act to make us able to be aware that we are your sons and aware that we are your daughters. And earnestly hoping and desiring that you will let us be able to appear unashamed, with the authority of heaven as your children who have been established in relation to your will.
We have humbly prayed in the holy name of the True Parents. Amen.
November 17, 1968
Please Let Us Inherit Your Path Of Sacrifice
Father! This morning is the day of rest. Please let us be able to come into contact with your glory together as your children, and please let us be able to come into contact with your noble and precious character, and please allow this morning to become one in which we are able to experience the idea of the victory of the fulfillment of your hope.
Oh Father! When we think about the fact that your holy work of having created this entire universe was ruined like this due to the first ancestors of humankind, as the sorrowful happenings come one on top of the other, we truly will have to feel that we have become people who must be ashamed before you.
We have come to know that you alone carried our responsibility, and you have walked the course of history so miserably, so mournfully, and so solitarily. Now we who have come to know this will have to give all our strength and praise highly the name of our Father, and giving devotion, and following the example of your precious heart, we will have to sacrifice everything we have, and we will have to inherit completely the path of sacrifice of the pioneer which you have pioneered until now.
Oh Father! Please look down at your children who are gathered here. We are young. We are inadequate. We are a group that has lived without any kind of hope on the earth. We thank you sincerely that in spite of that you have brought us to participate in this holy place where we are able to call out your name, Father.
Please allow us to become true filial sons and true filial daughters who are able to inherit all of your toil each time we straighten up our clothes and call out your name, Father, and who are able to call you "Father" through a flow of deep heart.
Our Father, who has been sorrowful for millions of years, please reveal your grief-filled heart, and please let us reveal all our circumstances and inherit completely your sorrowful grief, and please allow us to become your children who resolve completely all your enmity in relation to your enemies which has become entangled over millions of years.
We have earnestly and humbly prayed in the holy name of our True Parents. Amen.
December 8, 1968
Please Let Us Become Children Who Are Able To Say We Will Go Forward For Your Sake Alone
We have determined to be loyal in relation to the remaining path of restoration. We have come to know that your road was so miserable and so sorrowful as you sought the result of goodness which no one knows about.
Please allow us to become children who when we relate to you are able to call you our father, and who have become sons and daughters who are confident that we have the dignified appearance of sons and the dignified appearance of daughters, and confident that we are able to call out your name.
Until now in the course of history so many people have called your name, Father. But there were many people calling you from a position lower than that of stepchildren. Please allow us to at least be able to call you Father, with a destined relationship of heart which penetrates to the bones. Please allow us to realize clearly that we have become holy Unification Church members who are able to serve you centered on one family and who are able to respond directly to you when you say, "Oh yes, my son, my daughter," relating to us as those who have the destined relationship of your children.
We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to become your children who know how to make an effort and will go forward for you alone while acknowledging of our own volition that we are beings who will disappear for the sake of your purpose because we are beings who were born for you, and we are existing for you having penetrated deep into that heart no one knows.
The Unification children are gathered in this place, but this is absolutely not a place where we have gathered in order to boast about ourselves. We are by no means people who have gathered in order to boast about something about ourselves.
No matter whether we are naked, and no matter how dirty or shabby the clothes we arc wearing are, please let us determine before anyone else to love you more nobly with minds that seek to become one with the people, nation and world you are seeking. If we have become sons and daughters who have bowed down before you with minds like that, we earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to clearly know that in the midst of this, we will connect to your heart and in the midst of this, your love will blossom.
In the place where that can happen, that place which no one knows about, we must become your sons and daughters who will be able to determine ourselves saying, "Father, I'm going. I must go. I will fight for you." Please allow us to acknowledge that without doing that we cannot penetrate through the wall of the enemy. Furthermore, we earnestly ask that you will allow us to become chosen warriors of heaven who penetrate through the walls of the enemy and finally absolutely raise up the banner of victory together with your name.
We were not born for anyone. We were born only for you, and because we were born for you, we will live for you, and because we will live for you we will be able to die for you; therefore, we earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to become your sons and daughters who have a solid and clear belief that we must realize a world-level victory.
We have humbly prayed all these things in the holy name of the True Parents. Amen.
June 29, 1969