Prayers, A Lifetime Of Conversation With Our Heavenly Father - Sun Myung Moon
Loyalty And Filial Piety [Part 1 of 4]
Please Let Us Become The People Who Inherit The Faith, Hope And Love Of Heaven
We have come to know that as long as God's eternal hope remains, eternal hope remains for us today as well, and as long as the Will of God's eternal faith remains, the Will of eternal faith remains for us as well, and as long as the practice of God's eternal love has not been realized, the responsibility that we must realize the embodiment of eternal love will also remain for us today.
In order to inherit the history of indemnity on this day, we must inherit the hope of 4,000 years and manifest it as the hope of 6,000 years; we must inherit the faith of 4,000 years and manifest it as the faith of 6,000 years; and we must inherit the love of 4,000 years and manifest it as the love of 6,000 years.
Since there still remains before us the responsibility of standing before you and of having to establish the hope of 6,000 years as eternal hope, the faith of 6,000 years as eternal faith, and the love of 6,000 years as eternal love, please pardon our present insufficiencies and inadequacies. Please pardon our present disloyalty and lack of filial piety. Please pardon our having raised ourselves up high.
Now the time has come when we must bring to fruition the hope of all people, and the time has come when we must bring to fruition the faith of all people, and the time has come when the love of all people must be manifested as one embodiment, but in what place has that one embodiment been brought into fruition? We are unworthy, but please awaken us to realize that we must adorn ourselves anew as brides.
We know that today the people who must take charge of the central role of heaven and earth are the believers who have the Second Advent of the Last Days ahead of them. You want to entrust your eternal hope to those kinds of people, but we are concerned whether they are the people to be entrusted with it, and you want to entrust your eternal faith to those kinds of people, but we are concerned whether they are the people to be entrusted with it, and you want to entrust your eternal love to those kinds of people, but we are concerned whether they are the people to be entrusted with it.
Having been entrusted with all these things, we must now stand as people who have become the tribe of eternal hope due to having become people who belong to your love and as people who are eternally unchanging in relation to you.
We must stand as people who have become the tribe of eternal faith, and we must stand as people who have become the tribe of eternal love. Please allow us to realize that this kind of responsibility has been allotted to us. Today each of us must accomplish as individuals the purpose of Jesus Christ who is the victorious central embodiment of the chosen people of Israel. That is to say, we must prepare ourselves as the embodiments of hope, prepare ourselves as the embodiments of faith, and prepare ourselves as the embodiments of love, which represent the whole.
Now after the arrival of the Second Advent we must become embodiments representing everything Jesus did after he came to the earth; that is to say, it will not do unless we stand as the embodiments of the hope of Jesus Christ; it will not do unless we become his successors of faith, and it will not do unless we become his successors of love. Therefore, please allow us to understand this clearly.
Now faced with the course of restoration which must overcome the crisis of the fall, we must be able to say. "We will take charge of your hope, Father. We will take charge of your faith, Father. We will take charge of your love, Father," and furthermore, we must be able to stand as centers of unchanging love in front of all people.
We know that we will be qualified people who are able to represent the final glory of the Last Days only if we become victorious beings who are able to receive love in your presence. Therefore, please allow us to become people about whom you are able to say, "You are the being I have hoped for; you are a person I can trust and a person I can love."
Furthermore having received the grace of this judgment, proclaimed before everything of creation in heaven and on earth, we earnestly hope that you will lead us to become victorious children who are able to establish a condition of harmony.
We have humbly prayed all these things in the name of the Lord. Amen.
June 6, 1956
Please Let Us Become Loyal Children Who Restore The Original Garden
Oh beloved Father! We know that the purpose of creation was for you to see the garden of life, and that the ideal garden was a garden of truth singing your glories, and that the original garden was a place where we should have lived intoxicated, manifesting your inner internal nature and outer external form and harmonizing with everything in the presence of your majesty, centering on eternal, unchanging love.
Oh beloved Father! Please allow us to sense the garden of hope that we are longing for today. Please allow our bodies to be able to move and bow down at the same time that we adore you with our minds while experiencing the original garden, and please allow us to be able to offer our bodies as offerings at the same time that we raise tip your Will with our minds.
We earnestly hope and desire that you will now entrust us with all the toil that you have gone through in order to find us, and that you will receive the glory.
Father! Please do not cast away a single one of our lives, and first of all, please allow each of our minds to be on fire with your eternal life. Then please allow us to become one with your mind of love.
Please allow this to become a time when our minds and bodies become one with your life, and all of us become one and give ourselves as an offering. We earnestly hope and desire, oh, Father, that you will then allow us to become offerings who have no inadequacies, and whom you can be happy to receive.
Father! Please protect us. Please take responsibility for our acts of discernment. Please do not allow us to be invaded by Satan. Please allow us to be able to respond, centered on the Will you have bid us, by being enthralled with your Will, and please allow us to be completely obedient with our minds and bodies here. Then we earnestly hope and desire, beloved Father, that you will allow us to be able to frankly confess and repent by revealing before you all of the inadequacies and all of the elements that are not proper that are within ourselves, at the same time that we are able to receive your love.
Since this people is enslaved in the midst of darkness, please directly reveal your works so that the people can be more than awakened to this. We earnestly hope and desire, beloved Father, that you will allow your works to be revealed through each church that you are moving and through your sons and daughters.
The Last Days which you promised are near, and the time of grace which you will allow has come, but since we are still imperfect, inferior, and incomplete, please lead us. Please do not allow us to become people who cannot uphold your Will which we must uphold.
Please let us become people who are able to prostrate ourselves before you while lamenting our deficient selves. Then please allow there to be many children of loyalty who uphold the Will of our true father in these religious bodies which are representing this people.
Then please allow them to be able to move into one all the religious bodies which are so divided. Please lead them to be able to represent the entirety of your grace. We earnestly hope and desire, beloved Father, that you will manifest to this people the Will of heaven which has been hidden, and that you will allow a day of blessing to come soon when you are able to boast about that Will and when you can rejoice in front of all humankind.
Now please allow there to be nothing in our minds and bodies other than the Will you desire, and please allow us to root out any traces of Satan, and please don't allow any root fibers of sin to remain. We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to be able to prostrate ourselves as gentle people, as a humble group whose minds and bodies, ire centered on absolute goodness and have purified and purified themselves and do not boast about themselves before your original nature.
Oh Father! If you have designated us for the sake of this people, and counseled us, and have been together with us, please allow us to be able to boast that we are the sons and daughters of our living father, and please allow us to testify that we are sons and daughters who are standing at the center of life.
Oh Father! We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to be able to save this people from the evil hand of Satan by testifying to the fact that we are held in your grasp and by awakening this people. And we earnestly hope that you will establish us and allow us to lead this people into your presence so that this people will not be ashamed before the complete Will of our Father, who seeks to allow grace on the level of the people.
We have prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.
November 11, 1956
Please Let Us Be Conscious Of Our Destiny And Bring The Mission Of The Providence To A Successful Conclusion
Father! According to the words you have commanded us we have come to know that there remains a peak which all people must go over. Today we are in the position of having to fight in order to get rid of our imperfect natures in the presence of your perfect nature, and there remains before us the fate of having to pass the basic standard of unchanging truth.
Now the time has come when we must show ourselves to the entire universe. When we think that a historical destiny remains, and it will not do unless we take dominion over the things of creation while resembling the holy majesty of our perfect father, we come to realize that the "I" who exists today must become a person who will represent the lamentations of our eternal father, and the "I" who exists today must become a person who will testify to the love of our eternal father, and the "I" who exists today must be able to fulfill the mission of restoration by conveying your words to the dark world.
But our life of faith that we have lived until today has not been a life we can show to you; therefore, please allow us to come to our senses on our own and to be able to repent at the same time that we feel regret on our own.
Now we must place all the ideas, opinions, and ideologies we have, before the Will of our sacred father and do away completely with the being called "I" and we must resemble the character of our perfect father by restoring our original selves which are eternal beings, and since there still remains the course of the battle to restore our own selves which can be immersed in your glom please do not allow us to become people who backslide along the course of today's battle.
We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will allow us to become beautiful sons and daughters who are appropriate for you to choose and who can become your joy and your glory day by day in our daily lives and throughout our entire lives.
This time is a time that reflects the ages of restoration, and it is an age when we have to pass the standard of historical judgment just as at the time of Jesus long ago. This is a time when the acts of John the Baptist who baptized people and the acts of the testimonies on the bank of the River Jordan when he presented the new Will to the Jewish religion, are happening throughout the world. When we think about this, we realize that the mission of John the Baptist remains as a mission for those of us who have come after him.
Now it will not do unless each of us builds the garden of rest where we are able to sing songs hand in hand with united hearts, in that one garden of goodness where Jesus Christ should have been able to return glory to you without Satan or sin being able to invade, while John the Baptist testified, and each of us has a foundation of the resting place of heavenly morality.
Since you have called us today for the sake of this kind of responsibility and you have chosen us today for the sake of this kind of work, please do not allow us to become sons and daughters who leave anguish and sorrow in front of the Will you have chosen.
Since we, who know that history is permeated with the indignation of thousands of years due to the failure of John the Baptist, have now been called by heaven and have been chosen by heaven, please allow us to be able to come before your throne and make a foundation for the providence that will fulfill the Will of the total providence of the entire universe. Then please allow us to be able to complete the mission which remains on that perfect foundation.
And while earnestly hoping that you will allow us to become sons and daughters who are able to sing a song of the glory of rejoicing in the garden of joy, and who are able to sing a song of the glory of victory's hosannas to the entire universe, and who are able to return glory to the Lord who is coming.
We have prayed all these things in the name of the Lord. Amen.
November 25, 1956
Please Allow Us To Become Brave People Of Heaven
Oh Father who has toiled and carried out the providence passing through the ages and crossing the centuries to the Last Days, please allow us to be those who hope to realize the Will of your providence quickly on the earth and who are able to come forth and take responsibility on the earth for your struggles.
We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will allow us to become dashing sons and daughters who are able to fight on the earth with Satan in Jesus' stead by inheriting the heavenly mission centered on your holy altar, Father. Please allow us to reveal our individual selves to you, Father. Please allow us to become people who work hard doing your mission at the end of the century in your stead by presenting ourselves before all people, and please allow us to become loyal servants who are obedient to the heavenly mission and to the words of the call which heaven is requesting from us in this age.
Now please allow us to build up an internal altar of heaven by opening the doors of our hearts, and please establish us as sons and daughters who are able to present our bodies with confidence before you as victorious sacrifices confronting Satan. Since we know that heaven is looking for people of courage who are confident and valiant, and does not want people who submit to the enemy in a senile, cowardly way, please allow your sons and daughters, who are gathered here, to be able to become courageous people of heaven who are able to even throw away their lives if it is for the sake of the Will.
We know that the time has now come when those kinds of courageous people are needed. John the Baptist faced the Will of heavenly morality, and the people who followed him were on fire with the internal heart of heaven. Just as he proclaimed the new truth by confronting the corrupt Jewish religion, please reveal the light of the love of grace to this people through us today. Please do not take back from us your hand which is stretched out to us through your providence.
Oh Father, who has called us from among many people! We couldn't help going even when we didn't want to, and as we followed we realized on our own that this is a difficult way. Since we know that it will not do unless we pioneer the one way of the battle with the fighting spirit of a pioneer and go forward as a champion of heaven, Father, if the way we are going is the way of your Will, please let us be able to not mind a path of thorns and not mind dangerous, high, steep peaks, and even if our bodies are ripped apart and wounded, please let us be able to pioneer everything centered on your Will alone. Please reveal only the grace of your counsel to us.
Oh, Father! Please give us unchanging faith until we secure the day of victory by fighting and fighting and giving our lives for the sake of the Will. Please allow us to become your sons and daughters who have one unchanging center, who do not mind the environment, and who. like bombs thrown into the enemy camp, are able to explode for the sake of the victory of your Will.
We have humbly prayed all these things in the name of the Lord. Amen.
December 6, 1956
Please Let Us Become Brave People Who Are Able To Handle The Heavenly Mission
Father! When will the four billion people who are living on this earth be able to be held in your embrace? When we think that our ancestor's mistake of one day caused enormous historical complications to be bound together like this, we realize that your heart is filled with sorrowful tears and painful truths alone.
Oh, Father, who has gone through the course of history through the long period of 6,000 years as though it were a day, with a heart that has been seeking your lost children in order to save this one being called "me," please have mercy on our pitiful and lonely selves who are standing before your majesty with hearts that are weeping and clinging to your heart which is calling out to us today.
We do not have anything, not even a single thing to show to you, Father. Just we long for you, and we have come to this place with the earnest desire to go where you are, no matter what kinds of difficulties there may be. And because we have learned about your historical situation of having been falsely accused, we have come to this place and bowed down before you while longing to become true people who, on the foundation of such a situation, do not betray you and do not collapse. Therefore, Father of mercy, please love us, and please comfort our hearts.
Please let this be a time when you counsel our weak selves, and when we discover that we have resented you in difficult situations of despair, that we cannot come to know our father of sorrow without tears and that we are unworthy people who cannot relate to you.
And furthermore, please let us discover that we are the people who must become offerings by representing the wretched state of this people. We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to realize that it will not do unless we become the brave people of heaven who confront the enemy Satan by standing in the vanguard of the way where you come to us as we represent all the people.
We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that at this time you will not let any of us think of our minds and bodies as our own, that you will not let us think centered on our own selves, and that you will allow us to discover that we are people who must take responsibility for the remaining Will of restoration, and must think only of heaven and earth.
Please let us be able to handle your entire mission and represent your Will by pursuing the public purpose, and by not standing in a position of pursuing our own goals. We earnestly hope that you will let us become holy people who represent the high priest who burns incense to atone for sins before your majesty.
We have prayed all these things in the name of the Lord. Amen.
October 17, 1965
Now We Go Your Path With All Its Twists And Turns, Father
The more we think of how many twists and turns there must have been along the course of restoration, we cannot help but think that there remain many paths with crises of the heart that we must go.
We know that there have been so many twists and turns along your course and that your situation has been so miserable because of the sin of our ancestors. The time has come when we must tread upon and go beyond all the grief of Golgotha which is due to the mistake of Adam and Eve. Having followed the path that you walked, we have found that it was the path of the cross. But, having followed that way which no one else knew about, while struggling with the heart of the pioneer, we have found that this way is not the way of destruction.
People ridiculed us, but you encouraged us. Many people opposed us, but your comforted us. We know that so many times you counseled us, saying, "I am with you, and the billions of saints in the spirit world are protecting the way you will go."
In order to greet the dawn of tomorrow, it will not do unless we gropingly find our way along the path of darkness even in the midst of chaos. Because we know that we can greet the new dawn only if we pass through this path of darkness, until now the Unification workers have gone forth fighting, groping along this path of daybreak which others despise.
You know that when we shed tears along this course, we wanted to be together with you who were shedding tears, and when we shed sweat and went hungry, we were struggling in order to establish the day when we could comfort you for the course of toil you have gone through.
Please let us become people who weep out of concern for God, and who leave behind the grief-filled past as a memory. And we earnestly hope that you will please let us become your sons and daughters who are able to struggle and fulfill completely our duty as sons and daughters of filial piety, having forgotten our miserable and pitiable selves of today, while longing for our father of hope who smiles looking for the goodness of tomorrow, and who liquidates the grief-filled memories and the past days of grief that he went through.
We have prayed all these things in the name of the True Parents. Amen.
December 26, 1965
Please Let Us Become Children Of Loyalty And Filial Piety Who Are Not Ashamed Before The Will
Please allow us to know how to attend our father who has toiled while going through the long course of history, and please allow us to know the situation of our father who has fought against Satan while worrying about us for such a long time. Please allow us to become people who know the heart of our father who has been concerned in order to guide us to the place of glory and to embrace his sons and daughters who were chosen as the hope of tomorrow.
Please allow us to understand that we do not exist today due to our own will, and we do not have the glory of life which we are enjoying due to our own selves, and we are able to rejoice in the presence of our father today not due to our own efforts; rather, all of this is due to the grace of the mercy bestowed by our father, who has toiled throughout thousands of years of history.
We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will allow us to become sons and daughters who are able to reveal the entire will of heavenly morality by representing the people of the world while at the same time representing the power of your grace.
Is there any group on this earth that knows that you hope to raise up humankind and receive glory, and is realizing that will for you? We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will guide us all to realize that such a group would be the foothold for you to be able to bless all of humankind and would be the foundation of glory for you to be able to bless the entire universe.
Please do not allow us to look for the "me" of today in our own selves. Please allow us to become your sons and daughters who are not ashamed before the will of heavenly morality, and who represent history, who represent the entire universe, and who represent the world of the future. And we earnestly hope and desire, Father, that you will allow us the glory of the joy of being able to be proud that we have become those kinds of sons and daughters.
Father! Have your sons and daughters who have gathered here today revealed themselves frankly to you? Have they bowed down of their own wills before the altar you have permitted? And have they become living offerings which are able to indemnify historical sin by sacrificing themselves? Have they become children who have become the new offerings that take responsibility for the sins of the present reality and who follow the example of the personality of Christ who carried his cross and went to Golgotha? Having fought with Satan in your stead for the sake of the glory of the future, do we have any actual results of a victorious glory?
Father, please allow us to be able to sing songs of your glory by having become these kinds of sons and daughters, and earnestly hoping that you will allow us to become faithful, upright children who are able to follow you for the sake of this one Will, we have prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.
June 23, 1957