In the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous I have re-learned how to pray, I have reclaimed the God of my understanding with the help of A.A., and I have come to an understanding of the vital necessity of both prayer and mediation. Conscious contact with God can be as simple as reading one of the many slogans or prayers that are posted on the walls of my home. The Serenity Prayer seems to be in every room, and every time I pick up the Big Book looking for an answer to a question, I find more prayers. I have a copy of what is titled 12-Step Prayers, it does not indicate the source of these prayers, but they are valid prayers, nonetheless. I will include them here for your edification and enlightenment:
Step One – Today, I will ask for help with my addiction. Denial has kept me from seeing how powerless I am and how my life is unmanageable. I need to learn and remember that I have an incurable illness and that abstinence is the way to deal with it.
Step Two – I pray for an open mind so I may come to believe in a Power greater than myself. I pray for humility and the continued opportunity to increase my faith. I don’t want to be crazy any more.
Step Three – God, I offer myself to Thee, to build with me and do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love and Thy Way of Life. May I do Thy will always.
Step Four – Dear God,
Step Five – Higher Power, my inventory has shown me who I am, yet I ask for Your help in admitting my wrongs to another person and to You. Assure me, and be with me, in this Step, for without this Step, I cannot progress in my recovery. With Your help, I can do this, and I will do it.
Step Seven – My creator, I am willing that You should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that You now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to You and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here to do Your bidding.
Step Eight – Higher Power, I ask for Your help in making my list of all those I have harmed. I will take responsibility for my mistakes, and be forgiving of others as You are forgiving of me. Grant me the willingness to begin my restitution. This I pray.
Step Nine – Higher Power, I pray for the right attitude to make amends, being ever mindful not harm others in the process. I ask for Your guidance in making indirect amends. Most importantly, I will continue to make amends by staying abstinent, helping others, and growing in spiritual progress.
Step Ten – I pray I may continue: To grow in understanding and effectiveness; To take daily spot check inventories of myself; To correct mistakes when I make them; To take responsibility for my actions; To be ever aware of my negative and self-defeating attitudes and behaviors; To keep my willfulness in check; To always remember I need Your help; To keep love and tolerance of others as my code; And to continue in daily prayer how I can best serve You, my Higher Power.
Step Eleven – Higher Power, as I understand You, I pray to keep my connection clear from the confusion of daily life. Through my prayers and meditations I ask especially for freedom from self-will, rationalization, and wishful thinking. I pray for guidance of correct thought and positive action. Your will, Higher Power, not mine, be done.
Step Twelve – Dear God, My spiritual awakening continues to unfold. The help I have received I shall pass on and give to others, both in and out of the Fellowship. For this opportunity I am grateful.
I pray most humbly to continue walking day by day on the road of spiritual progress. I pray for inner strength and wisdom to practice the principles of this way of life in all I do and say. I need You, my friends, my family, and the Program every hour of every day. This is a better way to live. This is the end of quotes, the end of comments, the end of the prayers, and simply THE END. 🙂