Willingness To Be

“Praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” I have learned to pray, I have learned to meditate, both of which are part of the learning cycle found in Step Eleven. I used to pray for material goods and a richer life. Today I pray that I may be of some use to others. I pray for the well-being of friends and family, and I pray for knowledge of God’s will for me. I know that A.A. tells me to be of service to others, I just don’t know how that will manifest itself. I help when I am helped. I don’t know exactly what God wants me to do, but I do know when I am on the right path, and when I stray to the wrong path. I have gained a true sense of humility which tells me that I am but a servant here to help others, any way I can.
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4 thoughts on “Willingness To Be

  1. 15
    November
    VITAL SUSTENANCE
    Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine. And for the same reason. When we refuse air, light, or food, the body suffers. And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support.
    — TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 97

    Step Eleven doesn’t have to overwhelm me. Conscious contact with God can be as simple, and as profound, as conscious contact with another human being. I can smile. I can listen. I can forgive. Every encounter with another is an opportunity for prayer, for acknowledging God’s presence within me.
    Today I can bring myself a little closer to my Higher Power. The more I choose to seek the beauty of God’s work in other people, the more certain of His presence I will become.

    Have you seen the gaunt prospector?
    He right here on these webpages – mining the limitless lode-and trying his best to give it all away.
    Be right back in the rooms of AA – mining that limitless lode – and trying his best to give it all away.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12 stepper.

    • Have you seen the gaunt prospector?

      He’s right here on these webpages – mining the limitless lode-and trying his best to give it all away.
      He’s right there in the rooms of AA – mining The limitless lode – and trying his best to give it all away.

      I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12 stepper.

  2. I don’t know how it happened exactly but I learned, am still learning, and am pretty sure I will continue to learn, how to pray in AA.
    Nobody gave me any formal instruction. The Big Book has some useful and beautiful suggestions, but I dismissed them straight awaythe first couple dozen times I saw them. I was in no shape to sufficiently sublimate ego to give them a real try.
    After a couple of years of going to meetings, not drinking and not doing the steps I was finally ready to take this thing seriously. I am not recommending this approach, just reporting what happened.
    I sure heard some pretty strange thoughts about what for and to whom to pray.
    But finally I gave it a go.
    My life has never been the same.
    Today regular morning meditation, as well as structured intercessionary and contemplative prayer, form part of my daily routine. Along with AA meetings, physical exercise and attendance at religious services I find that I can be reliably useful to other people as well as have a mostly quite enjoyable experience as a human being.
    My prayers seem to be evolving into a lot more listening and a lot less talking and thinking; they arise all during the day and evening.
    Just my experience, my strength, my hope.
    Grateful for the Gift

  3. Thank you so much Tom for sharing your experience. Perhaps I will delve more into this approach with This24-sharing what happened, and how it is now. Generally I take the topic and reflect, but I love how you bring it to the present. Like in an AA meeting. I am grateful you are safe, and part of our little group. HUGS

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