Prayers, A Lifetime Of Conversation With Our Heavenly Father - Sun Myung Moon
Determination [Part 2 of 4]
Please Let Us Go The Way Of The Will Of Our Father Sincerely
Today our unworthy selves have bowed down before you as a group that has been denounced and driven out. We know that on the path we have taken, heading towards a goal others do not know about, scars from the stones will remain, and we will be wounded. But, Father, who knows that we must overcome and not mind those things, please allow us to realize that it will not do unless we completely prepare ourselves, pledge and determine ourselves to go that way.
Since we know that it will not do unless at this point we form a true heartistic relationship with heaven, Father, please hold on to us by personally reaching out to us. Please hold us in your embrace of love with both arms. You must have looked forward to and hoped for that so much! Now we can fully imagine your heart, and we can fully imagine your heartbreak.
Please let us repent once again for our lives of the past in which we were not able to feel grateful, even though our unworthy selves, who are not able to call you "Father," have received the amazing grace of being able to be forgiven of our sins due to the altars of blood raised up by the many prophets. And please bear with the fact that we have come before you empty-handed, even though we should be able to bring and offer results to you.
As you are not a father who requests things of the world, we offer only earnest minds and earnest hearts to you, Father. We have come because we want to offer you ourselves, who are weeping because we long for you, and want to see your face. We came longing for your touch, and we wanted to hold on to your wounded hand and shed tears.
We came to hold on to our haggard father, to our father who is overwhelmed by grief, our father who wandered in order to find his lost children and did not mind even though the wounds of his mind and body were severe. If your sons and daughters, who call you "Father" filled with this kind of mind, are gathered here, then just as you found me and called me at that kind of moment, I know that you will not cast them away when they have come to that kind of point.
Father! The way you told us to go was not a lonely way; as we have gone it, we have found that it is a way of awesome race. And we have realized that the way on which you drove us out while telling us to die, was not a way prepared for us to die. When we come to understand these inner reasons, what more is there we could ask for? We have understood that all these are acts to show us testimonies of the work of our father who worked so hard before us. We are grateful for your having allowed us to be able to even weep tears of inspiration and to experience that kind of feeling.
Now what did the people who have gathered here come to find? What did they come here to see, and what kind of relationships did they come here to form? We know that the only things to show them are tears and heartbreaking situations, and the only relationships to be formed are distressing ones. Nevertheless, without this relationship, without this situation, we cannot know where to go, and since these people have come worrying whether they will disappear and come to lament as sacrifices to Satan, we earnestly hope and desire that you will hold on to them this moment.
We know that if you have children you can hold and weep, and if you have sons and daughters whom you can call by name, "Hey, So-and-so," from that point on, the acts of heaven will lead this people, and that will become a beginning which heads towards heaven, by moving the hearts of the people of the world who are asleep. if in this place young hearts are on fire, holding hands together, and there is a movement shouting out, "Hey, So-and-so, let's go work for the Will!," the way for this people to live will open up, and armies of life will come and fight together in the garden of death.
We have gathered together longing for those kinds of people, and we have gone forth fighting in order to go such a way, and we have gone forth in order to show that to all people, together with our father, by raising up an altar of victory in that kind of place.
Therefore, please do not allow this first resolution of our minds to change, and please let us become your sons and daughters whose sincerity and fidelity, which we have determined and want to give you, do not bend. Please let us become your sons and daughters who keep and do not change that resolution or that loyalty as long as the moral principle of heaven does not change.
While earnestly hoping for and desiring this, we have humbly prayed all these things in the name of the Lord. Amen.
May 8, 1960
Please Protect Your Children Who Are Fighting For The Will In Each Place
Please do not allow us to become people who are not up to the great work heaven has entrusted to us, or who become exhausted and fall away. Even if we collapse over and over again, even if we vomit blood and die, we earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to become your sons and daughters who are able to collapse after having completed this mission.
We know that your sons and daughters are spread out in all directions, and shedding tears, they are praying and fighting for this work, in lonely and dangerous positions. Father, we earnestly hope and desire that you will be together with them in those positions, as well.
We know that you are not forgetful. We know that when they were lonely, you held on to them; you strengthened those who were appealing to you, as they embraced the Will in desolate positions, and you comforted their hearts. Father, at this time, also, please act with the same heart, with the same works, and with the same power.
We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to become sons and daughters who are able to endure to the end, to fight to the end, until the final remaining wall has been occupied, and who are able to go forward taking responsibility for humankind to the end.
Not only here on the Korean Peninsula, but far overseas as well, many of your children are facing this place, weeping, and appealing to you. Even though their skin colors are different, and their living circumstances are different, relating to the Will, they are brothers and sisters who have the destined relationship of one bloodline.
Therefore, we earnestly hope and desire that you will please be with them in each place they have gathered, and embrace them with the fire of grace. Earnestly hoping that you will allow a movement of life to appear which is able to sing of our eternal destined relationship centered on you in the world of the heart, even though we are far apart.
We have humbly prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.
September 25, 1960
Please Let Us Go All The Way On The Path We Must Go
Father! As this is the final time when all sins must be atoned for, today our minds feel extreme anxiety. This land is completely filled with groans of suffering. Please allow a day to come when your heart at the time of creation can blossom again, by having the precious son of heaven be born, and by having him be able to atone for the suffering and guilt of history. And we earnestly hope and desire that you will allow a victorious new garden to begin through him. Since we know that it will not do unless that kind of world is realized, please let us be able to bear this real suffering.
We know that peak after peak of blood still remain on the way we must go, and a long, difficult, range of dangerous high mountains is standing in our way. But this way is not a way we alone are going. It is a way on which you have gone back and forth before us, scores of times, thousands of times, millions of times.
Now we have also realized the fact that it is not you who should pave the way on difficult paths; humankind must pave the way and go forward. Please let us be able to take over the final footstep for the sake of our father who has worked so hard, while going along this rugged path. Since the way we must go still remains, even though we collapse along the way, please let us be able to go, following in the footprints of our father, and taking the example of the bloodstains left by our father.
We have come to know that when we offer our bodies, which have been wounded and torn, to you as living offerings, you justify your children before all of heaven and earth and bless them. Since we have realized that we must go as far as that kind of position, please do not let us become exhausted until we reach that point.
Please do not let us forget the fact that each time we were exhausted, you offered us your arm; each time we were disappointed and lonely, heaven urged us on; and before we did any work, you had already worked hundreds and thousands of times for us.
You have gone and pioneered this way without resting. Please let us be filled with minds that want to hold you with awe-stricken minds, knowing that you are our father who went forth fighting without becoming exhausted for the sake of our individual lives, and you worked hard without resting in order to pioneer this way because Satan, who is opposing this way without resting, exists. Please let frustrated hearts, which call out to you like crazy, explode in each of our minds. Please comfort people like that.
Since we know that you are promising a great heavenly work and a new world of promise, we earnestly request and desire that you will let us become sons and daughters who are able to raise high before the entire cosmos the glory of victory and songs of victory, by having endured until the end, until that position is established by dealing with those kinds of people. We have prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen
October 2, 1960
Please Let Us Become A Movement That Remains By Having Endured And Endured
It is regrettable and lamentable that you have to go forward with a sorrowful heart. You are a being to be pitied. You are a being who has been mistreated. We know that: human beings have at least a way to betray you and turn their backs on you, but since you do not have a way to betray us or to turn your back on us, you have gone on and on. We dare to say we know well the way of our father who has no need of the word "retreat."
How anxious, how serious, how pressed your mind must be! Wanting to become genuine sons and daughters of filial piety, and faithful subjects and virtuous women, we have knelt down and bowed our heads before you. Please allow us to become sons and daughters who are able to repent for the past when we were not able to appeal to you, asking to become like parts of garments or like rocks that are able to go the way of the cross.
The lonely Unification movements in each area are appealing to you, Father. They know your commands. We know that you are in the frustrating situation of having to urge and spur their footsteps along their way, even though they know the course they must go. We know that the people who endure and remain at that point will be blessed by you, Father, but those who fall away will be accused by later generations, and will lament. Father, please let us have bold and courageous minds, and please allow us to become a movement that remains to the end having endured and endured.
We also know that your steps as you go are faster than we can imagine. Your mind is such that if we have done a thousand things, you want to order us to do ten thousand. We know that your mind is such that you are looking for sons and daughters who stand in a position of being able to be helped by you. We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to become genuine sons and daughters in relation to the Will, and to be able to genuinely receive everything that you have told us today.
In order to find you, we will have to become sons and daughters of filial piety, and in order to find that nation, we will have to become loyal subjects and virtuous women. That idea is holy, but the way we go is one of misery. The content is beautiful, but it has appeared as a path of death.
It has been a path on which we had to have hope inside even while going the path of death. As you are doing that, we, who are your children, have to do that, and as you are going that kind of way, we, too, must go that kind of way of destiny. Therefore, please let us not become exhausted along this road, have indefatigable hearts, and be decided as the final victors.
Please let us become a movement that remains by persevering and enduring until the day when we can receive the blessing, the day of rest when you can say, "You have now won the victory; you belong to me, and all heaven and earth belong to you, who are my sons and daughters." We earnestly hope that you will allow us to become a movement that participates in the suffering until we greet that day.
We have humbly prayed all these things in the name of the Lord. Amen.
March 22, 1964
We Thank You That We Have Come To Participate In The Way Of Your Will
Until now, representing this people, and representing this Korean Peninsula, we have endured and gone forth on this lonely way while shedding tears. How many thousands, how many millions of times have we called out to you from positions of being severely persecuted and ridiculed along that lonely way?
We know that each time we called out to you with pierced hearts, you wept, too. We earnestly hope and desire, rather, that you will please have the sons and daughters who are participating here in this place where you are weeping today, participate in the place of the world victory as well, about which we can rejoice in future generations.
On the way in front of those who are going this way, there are many enemies. There are also innumerable spiritual enemies. But even if enemies present opposing conditions spiritually and physically along this way that we are going in relation to your Will, if we have conviction and determination that we will go this way by taking the example of the heart of our father, who has worked so hard, then all of those things will be removed.
We know well that the principle through which you established and guided us until today was like that. We have realized that after God overcame sorrow first, he gave that sorrow to us, and we have realized that after God overcame a position of suffering first, he told us to go through suffering.
Father! The Unification altar, which is centered on the Korean people today, has appeared before this people. It is not by chance that we are able to openly shout out our entire idea through having this kind of environment today. We are able to speak in a free environment while looking up at many people, holding our heads up and holding our chests out freely today, but please do not let us forget that until we came to exist, God worked very hard for six thousand years, according to that kind of principle.
Isn't it something we should be very grateful about, and isn't it glorious that we are able to walk like this with God on the site of this holy castle? Therefore, please allow us to act while being genuinely grateful to you. Please let us think that our voices, which are crying out, represent the voices of the people of Israel who cried out long ago in the wilderness.
Please bless us to be able to go forward while loving, having become heroes of heaven who are advancing into places where arrows, persecution, and bombs are falling, while carrying heaven on our backs, carrying history on our backs, carrying the Kingdom of Heaven of hope on our backs, embracing the true world.
Earnestly hoping this, we have prayed all these things in the name of the beloved Lord. Amen.
April 12, 1964
Even If There Is A Path Of The Thorns Of Suffering, We Will Go For The Sake Of The Will
There are many people who worship heaven, but there are few people who say they will take responsibility for the sake of heaven. We know that there are many people who know that the way of heaven is good, but they want to avoid the path of thorns that lies along the way.
Father! You have toiled for our sakes throughout countless ages. But. today humankind wants to avoid the path of toil which must be overcome in order to go along the true way, the way of heaven. Since they want to entrust the sorrow and suffering of humankind to you, as well, we earnestly hope that you will pardon them.
Today people of the Unification Movement have gathered before you. Different from other people, we have come to know your heart, but different from your situation, we have done what we want with the way of hope you left behind, and we have resisted offering our entire lives. Please let us reveal frankly before you now at this time our selves that are like that.
We are praying that, according to your Will, we can go this road of life, which must be gone anyway. We will have to go the path of death together with you, the path of thorns together with you, and the path of being rejected together with you. We earnestly hope that since we have minds that want to live together with you, Father, you will please take pity on us and embrace us.
We earnestly hope and desire that you will establish us as children who are able to struggle and who cannot deny the fact that we are your sons and your daughters, no matter what anyone says. If we have formed the destined relationship of love with you, and if we have been justified as your children who have that blood relationship with you from which we cannot separate even if we wanted to, we know that nothing at all can deny our relationship with you. Please let us become people who repent of our own accord for our past of not having been able to become your genuine sons and daughters, and who come before you humbly and ask forgiveness.
We earnestly hope that you will let us become your young children who are able to say you are definitely our father, no matter how dirty and shabby we may look, and who are able to say you are definitely our father, no matter how sorrowful your heart may be, or how many worries you have in your heart, and who are able to lament over not being able to fully offer you filial piety, and who are able to hold and comfort our father.
We have prayed all these things in the name of the Lord.
December 26, 1965
Please Let Us Become Unification Church Members Who Realize Your Will
Father! We know that the world has gone through a course of history that has no center. There are many Christians throughout the whole world, but in reality, centered on which denomination, centered on which tribe, centered on which family, centered on which individual will heaven lower its anchor. We have come to realize that there is no foundation on which that can happen.
We are convinced that the reason the Unification religion has appeared on the earth today is in order to lay that kind of foundation and in order to accomplish the worldwide mission of the new age. Because of that, we must not become people who are pushed aside in relation to the present and future historical courses.
Therefore, we earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to clearly know that we must represent heaven on the earth and become heroes of heaven for the sake of having the power that is able to trample the evil world and swallow the evil world.
We know how sorrowful a course the process of restoration is. Therefore, today, please let us realize that the essence that has not died and has remained for six thousand years until now is now in our own selves which represent the Adam and Eve of the Garden of Eden.
Please let us understand that the events that happened in Adam and Eve's family are events that have happened in our families and in ourselves; the terrible situation that happened between Cain and Abel is a situation centered on our own selves; Noah's family also represented our own selves; after Abraham, Moses, and Jesus until now all the events of the course of history are miserable events of history that should have happened to ourselves.
We earnestly hope that you will let us clearly understand at this time that it will not do unless we acknowledge that we are beings who must remain as substantial beings of resurrection which have the real power of resurrection even if we experience death in that tragic history.
Because we know that Jesus came to this earth and passed through that kind of historical destiny, please let us be convinced that it will not do unless we hold the supremacy of victory which is able to do that in order to become his successors, and in order to inherit his destined relationship. And we earnestly hope and desire that you will let us become your sons and daughters who are able to determine the position of victory and go forth.
In the midst of all kinds of hardships, all kinds of trials, all kinds of difficulties, all kinds of persecution, we have not been ruined. Through all that we have gone forward sincerely centered on your Will.
We have gone forth with this restored family as our standard. Therefore, please let us know clearly that now our individual selves will have to pass through the family, too; all the families on earth will have to pass through the family, too; and it will not do unless the tribes, peoples, and nations pass through the destined relationships of families, too, into the nation of hope which you desire, Father.
We earnestly hope that you will let us become your sons and daughters who are able to build a world of peace according to your Will, and who are able to realize the Kingdom of Heaven of joy. And furthermore, we earnestly hope that you will let all the human beings on earth become your people, and the entire world become your world.
We have humbly prayed all these things in the holy name of the True Parents. Amen.
September 1, 1968
Please Let Us Become Children Who Are Able To Go Directly Toward The Will Alone
Father! Just as you have related to us with the heart of a parent relating to his children, please allow our hearts to swell with adoration of our parents, while we relate to you. And please let us share together the many grief-filled situations you have had until now from a position where your mind and ours have become one.
The day when we are able to hold you and comfort you should conic quickly. We earnestly hope and desire, Father, that in the midst of that you will let us be able to be grateful while realizing on our own the lofty preciousness of our father.
Father! Since, we are people who must go out to the world anyway, please allow us to quickly prepare everything necessary for going out to each nation of the world. Please allow us to become wise children who can go straight towards the destination we must reach quickly. We earnestly hope and desire that you will allow us to be able to go straight to the places we must go, and even though many people rest along the way, we people of the Unification Movement will not rest.
We must know the fact that in the place we must go now there is a path of trials, suffering and hard work in front of us. Furthermore, we must know the fact that the swords and guns of the enemy are blocking our way.
We know that the more eager our minds are to go straight there, the more we must have minds with attitudes of wanting to act for our father, minds that love our father, in order to easily overcome everything that will appear there in our external environment. We know that without those kinds of minds, we cannot go straight along this path.
We know the fact that you carried out the providence for the long period of six thousand years because you were not able to meet one person who was able to go straight on this way, and because the conditions that have to be indemnified could not be overcome. Please let us know clearly that that one person and those conditions of indemnity have been put on the way in front of us.
Just as you needed a true character and true conditions of indemnity while going this way looking for us, we, who are looking for you will have to have a true character and establish true conditions of indemnity. We know that we must be able to liberate ourselves from Satan; that is to say, at the same time that we become people who are able to subjugate Satan, we must stand in a position of leading all the people, of offering sacrifices to you, and of not being attacked by Satan.
Unless we do that, we will end up as wanderers who are not able to go to you even if we want to. When we realize that our way is long and pressing, we know we must go straight, and it will not do for us to take a detour on this way that is so far and so pressing. We know that the time is far too short for us to pass over this long way.
Father! We know that when we feel hearts that are stimulated so that it will not do unless we become completely for the Will, then we will be able to call you our father, and an earnest heart will well up. We know that you are always acting in that position. Therefore, we earnestly hope that you will allow us to become your children who struggle to dash to you with earnest hearts with the goal of resolving grief.
We have humbly prayed all these things in the holy name of the True Parents. Amen.
November 24, 1968