God, grant me the serenity…

Every human being, no matter what his attributes for good or evil, is a part of the divine spiritual economy. Therefore, each of us has his place, and I cannot see that God intends to exalt one over another…. In Gods economy nothing is wasted.
~ Bill W., founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

In recovery, or 12-Step, programs (AA, NA, GA, OA, SAA, etc.), prayer is an integral part of the program, both at meetings and for individuals. Most 12-Step meetings open with the group reciting the Serenity Prayer (see below) and close with either the same prayer or the Lord’s Prayer. In the AA Big Book, there are a number of suggested prayers for some of the steps (e.g. Third Step Prayer.) Many individuals in recovery find regular daily use of prayer, often taken from their own religious traditions, very helpful in managing their daily lives and staying sober.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

(based on a prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“We are all related.”

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

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Prayer for Saturday

The road that is built in hope
is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair,
even though they both lead to the same destination.
~ Marion Zimmer Bradley

MORNING PRAYER

God direct my thinking today so that it be divorced of self pity,
dishonesty, self-will, self-seeking and fear. God inspire my
thinking, decisions and intuitions. Help me to relax and take
it easy. Free me from doubt and indecision. Guide me through
this day and show me my next step. God give me what I need
to take care of any problems. I ask all these things that I may
be of maximum service to you and my fellow man.
AMEN

(Based on the AA Big Book, p. 86; Source: Essence of Recovery)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I radiate hope and blessed promise.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

(Reinhold Niebuhr)

Today’s Affirmation:

“Today, I will concentrate on taking one step forward, however small.”

(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.)

A Monday Prayer

Beautiful sunrise of hills God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking 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;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You
Forever in the next. Amen. 

(Reinhold Niebuhr)

O God, we thank you for each and every moment. Help us to learn to live one day at a time, fully appreciating the life we have.

God, we ask today for blessing and healing for: Herman’s family, especially Betty; Tina and her baby; David S, and all those who struggle with addiction or alcoholism; and any others known to us…

May the guiding light and love of God fill your life with grace and ease. My your heart and mind be filled with God’s wisdom, compassion, and understanding. Amen.

 

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.