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 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 Saturday

Men do not attract that which they want,
but that which they are.
~ James Allen

I know that I am in the Spirit of God. I know that the Spirit of God is in me. I know that this Spirit is complete and perfect. Therefore, it must be complete and perfect in me.

I refuse to worry about anything. I have complete confidence that the God who is always with me is able and willing to direct everything I do, to control my affairs, to lead me into the pathway of peace and happiness.

I free myself from every sense of condemnation, either against myself or others. I lose every sense of animosity. I now understand that there is a Principle and a Presence in every person gradually drawing them into the kingdom of good. I know that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and I am resolved to enter into this kingdom, to possess it, and to let it possess me. Worry is a thing of the past, and I am free, peaceful, and at rest.

In calm trust, I let it be so.
And so it is.

(adapted from Whole Life Center for Spiritual Living)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am the creator of my reality.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

The Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha continues today. The Muslim Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to Mecca, continues today.

Inner peace is beyond victory or defeat.
~ Bhagavad Gita

May you be at peace,
May your heart remain open.
May you awaken to the light of your own true nature.
May you be healed,
May you be a source of healing for all beings.

(Sufi prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My inner peace remains unaffected by outside circumstances.”

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

 

Prayer for Friday (Eid al-Adha)

The Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha continues today. The Muslim Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to Mecca, continues today.

Acquire inner peace
and a multitude will find their salvation near you.
~ Catherine de Hueck Doherty

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that hears and knows all things.
And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address them, we say “PEACE.”

(traditional Muslim Peace Prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My inner peace remains unaffected by outside circumstances.”

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

 

Prayer for Thursday (Dusshera)

The Hindu holiday of Dusshera is today. The Muslim holy day of Waqf al Arafa, or Day of Arafa, continues today, and the holy day of Eid al-Adha begins at sundown. The Muslim Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to Mecca, continues today.

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.
A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being
that places harmony in one’s life.
~ Peace Pilgrim

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.
Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti1 unto all.
Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in
celestial regions.
May there be peace on Earth.
May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome,
and may trees and plants bring peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
May thy Vedic Law propagate peace
all through the world.
May all things be a source of peace to us.
And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all
and may that peace come to me also.

(traditional Hindu prayer)

1 Shanti is Sanskrit for Peace.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My inner peace remains unaffected by outside circumstances.”

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

 

Prayer for Wednesday (Waqf al-Arafa)

The Muslim holy day of Waqf al Arafa, or Day of Arafa, begins at sundown today. The Muslim Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to Mecca, and the nine day Hindu holiday of Navratri continue today.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
~ Siddhārtha Gautama (Buddha)

Dear God,

The source of all seen and unseen –
I am willing to let go of all
thoughts, attachments and fears
that robs me of my peace of mind,
but I need the Grace and Stillness of Spirit
to permeate my entire being.

Send angels on earth seen and unseen
to assist me in my daily life
and my nightly dreams,
so I can see with clarity
what I need to release and
have the courage to let go
of what no longer works
for my well-being and inner peace.

Dear God, I am willing to be a channel of your peace.

Amen!

(Source: Dance With Truth – Love Is The Answer!)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My inner peace remains unaffected by outside circumstances.”

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