Prayer for Wednesday (AA Founded)

Today is the anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. May God grant serenity to those who still suffer.

Learning how to live in the greatest peace, partnership, and brotherhood
with all men and women, of whatever description,
is a moving and fascinating adventure.
~ Bill W., co-founder of AA

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

(Reinhold Niebuhr)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am One with God and all creation.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Sunday

“We must find some spiritual basis for living, else we die.”
~ Bill W., one of the founders of A.A.

God, I’m agitated and doubtful right now. Help me to stop and remember that I’ve made a decision to let You be my God. Give me the right thoughts and actions. God save me from fear, anger, worry, self-pity or foolish decisions that Your will not mine be done. AMEN
(Source: A.A. Big Book)

“Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell;
spirituality is for those who have been there.”
~ Ross V.

Today’s Affirmation:

“I feel fulfilled & joyful.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Saturday

First it gets better, then it gets worse, then it gets different.
~ 12-step program saying

10th Step Prayer
God remove the selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear that has cropped up in my life right now. Help me to discuss this with someone immediately and make amends quickly if I have harmed anyone. Help me to cease fight anything and anyone. Show me where I may be helpful to someone else. Help me react sanely; not cocky or afraid. How can I best serve You? – Your will, not mine be done. AMEN
(from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 84-5)

“We are only as sick as our secrets.” ~ 12-step program saying

Today’s Affirmation:

“Today I will be rigorously honest.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday (St. James the Great)

I had the very great honor of watching someone very dear to me receive a one year medallion for sobriety at an AA meeting last night. And it reminded me that the 12 Step programs are the epitome of the concept of unity. Recovery from addiction is all about working with your Higher Power and with others in recovery.

Twelfth Step Prayer
Dear God, Having had a spiritual experience, I must now remember that “faith without works is dead.” And PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from my addiction as intensive work with other addicts. So, God, please help me to carry this message to others who suffer from addiction! Provide me with the guidance and wisdom to talk with another addict because I can help when no one else can. Help me secure his confidence and remember he is ill.
(Adapted from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, 89:1)

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am a go getter and a go giver. The more I give, the more I get.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Friday

Tenth Step Prayer
I pray I may continue:
To grow in understanding & 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 &
Self-defeating attitudes & behaviors;
To keep my willfulness in check;
To always remember I need Your help;
To keep love & tolerance of others as my code; &
To continue in daily prayer how I can best serve You,
My Higher Power.
Amen

(Source: Recovery Prayers from AA Serenity)

Today’s Affirmation:

“God is more steps ahead of me than I can even imagine.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday

God, I offer myself to Thee-
To build with me
and to 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!

(3rd Step Prayer, Big Book of AA)

My Creator,
I am now 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.

(7th Step Prayer, Big Book of AA)

Creator God, thank you for another day. Thank you for the wonders in our lives. Thank you for our loved ones and our friends. Thank you for the abundance of life.

Creator God, bless all of your children everywhere. Send us your love and peace, your abundance and healing. We especially ask blessings and healing for: Tim, Tina and her baby, Terri, Paul, Bob, Dan, Sharon, Amy, and any others known to us…

May God bless you and keep you, now and always. Amen.