Expecting mother prays for a righteous child
"I beseech Thee, O Lord of all being and Possessor of things visible and invisible, to bestow on me a righteous child so it may remember Thee on Thine earth and glorify Thee throughout Thy realm. If Thou maketh me by this tablet independent of every trace, fruit, and mention, my prayer at that time would be that which Thy chosen ones have uttered: “Lord, leave me not alone, for Thou art the best of Heirs.”"
Supplication of an expecting mother
My Lord! My Lord! I praise Thee and I thank Thee for that whereby Thou hast favored Thine humble maid-servant, Thy slave, beseeching and supplicating Thee—because Thou hast verily guided her to thine obvious Kingdom and caused her to hear Thine exalted call in the contingent world and to behold Thy signs, which prove Thy victorious reign over all things.
O my Lord! I dedicate that which is in my womb to Thee. Then cause it to be a praiseworthy child in Thy Kingdom and a fortunate one by Thy favor and generosity; to develop and grow up under the charge of Thine education.
Verily, Thou are the Generous! Verily, Thou art the Lord of Great Favor!
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, Volume 2, Bahá’í Publishing Committee, 1909, p. 139.
To an expecting mother
“Your child,” He said, “will have extraordinary capacity. It will be a friend of God. Rear it in the teachings of Baha'u'llah. Rest assured your child will be assisted by the divine concourse and through this assistance it will exhibit a universal consciousness -- for this cause encompasses the west and the east and children born under these conditions in this day will have the advantages of the universal illumination.
Today some children are called prodigies, but the inheritors of this Cause will attain to a degree that the others, even though educated in the best schools and with every advantage, know nothing of.
Children blessed in this way before they are born are of the new race. I was born in Persia and while I nursed with my mother's milk I received truth. When a little child my first words were, 'Ya Baha El-Abha!”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, Tutor Press, 1918, p. 92.