"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"
Responding to the inmost longing of every heart to commune with its Maker, the Baha'is carry out acts of collective worship in diverse settings, uniting with people of other Faiths in prayer, awakening spiritual susceptibilities, and shaping a pattern of life distinguished for its devotional character.
The Word of God, provides inspiration, rejuvenates souls, gladdens hearts, and renews one’s sense of purpose. When people from diverse backgrounds pray together, it creates bonds of love and unity and engenders an atmosphere of free and open discussion on matters of import to the life of each individual.
Thus, Baha'is host devotional gatherings in homes and community centres to take advantage of such benefits through prayer and the study of the word of God. Prayer is a central element in all religious traditions and these meetings stress its universal nature. Prayer offers people an opportunity to commune with their Creator, draw on the revitalizing power of the Word of God, and to contemplate more deeply on what they do and how they can help the betterment of their society. Participants are encouraged to meditate on the universal, ethical, spiritual principles and gain insight on how these principles can be applied to their day-to-day affairs.