Prayer Is….

First of all, I’d like to THANK all of you for your patience during my illness…and all of my personal trials. Let me say this, PRAYER has saved me more than once in my life-but more than that….the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is more than just a BLESSING. It’s one alcoholic helping another. I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL TODAY…and you know who you are!!!….with that said:

I have become comfortable with prayer, although I may not pray in the formal way that many do.  I do pray in my own way, and have found that prayer works in my life to slow me down, to remind me of the Spiritual Principles, and to encourage in me behaviors that are more in line with God’s desire for me.  Some of my prayers are very short: Help me out here, God.  Thanks. Sometimes just trying to figure out what prayer I need to say gives me the needed time to help me get my emotions out of the way, so that I may react in a kinder manner.  My prayers are more like conversations with the God of my understanding.  There are some standard prayers that I use, and some new ones I hear from others, and there is a book of prayers, which I enjoy reading.  So my world of prayers is growing and changing, right along with me and my program.

I have heard others pray, and I believe that we each find our own way of praying, our own way of using prayer in our individual recovery program.  Prayer, for me, is a reminder of the “higher road” that I strive for daily.  It is an expression of my thoughts and feelings for a particular person or situation.  I try to thank God for all my many blessings through prayer.  I try to remember the plight and struggle of others through prayer.  I try to process indecision and worry through prayer.  I try to relieve myself of fear and guilt through prayer.  I also believe that sincere prayer is the beginning of humility, reminding me of who has the power and who does not.  Whatever I achieve, I achieve through God’s blessings.  God is the reason I am alive, God is the reason I am sober, and God is the reason I am.



7 thoughts on “Prayer Is….

  1. Chuck C. who wrote a charming little book entitled, “A New Pair of Glasses” made the bold declaration that he has breakfast with a different lady each morning and even though she is his same wife this is a true statement. We are all different in some way each morning; lots of us for the better, some woefully, for the worse.
    Hopefully we exist in the prayerful meditation that we should be patient with ourselves and others for God isn’t finished with us yet.

    Last night as I was preparing to go to sleep I prayed this prayer from my childhood and had the awesome experience of a very personal contact with God as I understand him.

    Now I lay me down to sleep.
    I pray thee Lord my soul to keep.
    If I should die before I wake;
    I pray thee Lord my soul to take.

    I am certainly a different person than I was when I first prayed this wonderful prayer which oftentimes awakened fear of death in me. Now it awakens hope for everlasting life.

    So, is perspective powerfully important? 🙂 — Natalya Ilyushonok (Hrodna, Belarus) 🙂

    “Oh would someone the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us” – [George Burns]

    Love and tolerance of others is our code.

    • I also liked Silkworths page of prayers for each step. I shared those with my sponsees.
      I also sometimes as Help, then pray, pause and ponder for some calmness. The serenity prayer backs me up. Thank Each of you for your input. Helpful helpful to me and others on this road of recovery.

  2. I also have many prayers, and I try to keep them simple. Right now I am praying as I write this comment. As Jesus died on the
    Cross his prayer was short and simple to his father, God. Throughout my day I pray to God to help and support me with my recovery. I thank him for saving my Son from death and the opportunity to pray to him every day and night

  3. Top of the morning family,
    Prayer is my most powerful tool. Albeit, “My” willingness needs to be there. This grace allows me to grow and be closer to the Divine Mercy. I feel prayer is a handshake with God. Soul building 101. I must fight all battles on my knee’s. God wants a unique and special relationship with just me. So I can go out and be of maxium service in his goodness. All in the name of his kingdom, his power, and his glory.
    peace / progress
    “The longer the trial to which God subjects you, the greater the goodness in comforting you during the time of the trial and in the exaltation after the combat.”
    ― Padre Pio

  4. Thank you for your service SMB.
    This24 is an important part of my recovery path.
    I try to keep my prayers simple. I like the idea of using prayer as a pause.

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