“If love and agreement are manifest in a single family, that family will advance, become illumined and spiritual…” — ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
The family unit is the nucleus of human society. It provides a vital setting for the development of praiseworthy qualities and capacities. Through its harmonious functioning and the development and maintenance of the bonds of love that join together its members, it gives constant expression to the truth that the well-being of the individual is inextricably bound to the progress and well-being of others.
Service and worship are at the heart of the pattern of community life that Bahá’ís around the world are trying to bring into being. They are two distinct, yet inseparable elements that propel the life of the community forward. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá writes that, “Success and prosperity depend upon service to and worship of God”.
Prayer is integral to Bahá’í life, whether at the level of the individual, or the community. Bahá’ís turn their hearts in prayer to God repeatedly throughout the day, seeking His assistance, supplicating Him on behalf of loved ones, offering praise and gratitude, and seeking divine confirmations and guidance. In addition, meetings of consultation and gatherings where Baha'is come together to undertake one or another project commonly begin and end with prayers.
Bahá’ís also host gatherings in which friends, Bahá’ís and others alike, unite together in prayer, often in one another’s homes. Devotional meetings such as these serve to awaken spiritual susceptibilities within the participants, and together with the acts of service they perform, lead to a pattern of community life that is instilled with the spirit of devotion and focused on the attainment of spiritual and material prosperity.