This prayer for acceptance is taken from the Let it Go, 10 Meditative Affirmation Prayers CD. It is based on ten spiritual practices I discovered that allowed me to let go of the physical weight I struggled with most of my life, along with the emotional and spiritual weight I carried.
Acceptance is one of the most powerful spiritual practices that, if we do it, our lives will have greater peace and joy.
Accepting God’s Love
Too often, we accept what the world tells us: We’re not smart enough, thin enough, rich enough, old enough, young enough, experienced enough… I hear God say, “Enough!”
Until we understand and accept how much we are completely loved by God, we will struggle, seeking acceptance from others instead of knowing we are enough, more than enough in God’s eyes.
Accepting Life as it Comes
Prior to what our marketing culture wants us to believe, there is no anti-aging miracle. We are aging each day. Looking on the bright side, with age comes wisdom. On the not so bright side are health issues. There are many losses: loss of mobility, loss of energy, loss of friends, spouses, loved ones, etc.
Not accepting losses causes even more suffering.
Life is messy. Births, deaths, moves, divorce, breakups, job loss, being downsized, physical or mental limitations, being exposed to abuse, are just a few examples of what can happen. Many situations happen with no choice given to us. Outcomes were not what we were expecting.
Denial, grief, anger, and resistance are natural feelings. But holding onto these feelings, however, and not accepting and letting this angst go will cause further suffering.
The apostle Paul wrote: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 NIV)
We are meant to learn from our past, not live in the past. While it’s important to remember our roots, we can’t let mistakes, abuse, or hurts affect the present moment. Accept, forgive, and move forward.
I hope that these examples have illustrated the powerful spiritual practice of acceptance.
A Prayer for Acceptance
Dear Gracious and Loving God,
As I take this time to be still, help me to let go of anxiousness and feel your peace.
Your Word says that you are love and where there is love there can be no fear.
Help me to let go of fear and receive your perfect love.
I come before you with heaviness because of being hurt by others.
Help me to accept the effect that their actions have had in my life and to let go of this hurt.
Holding onto past hurts – Holding onto resentments and judgments weighs me down.
I release this hurt.
I release this weight on my body and spirit. I ask your love to carry me.
I let go of hurt, resentment and judgment.
I forgive those who have hurt me.
Because I practice awareness in all areas of my life, I am aware of self-criticism or poor choices.
I accept my actions. I forgive myself and let go of poor choices or self-criticism.
To receive or accept love, I let go of building walls of self-protection.
Help me to receive and accept love.
Help me to freely give love.
Help me not to strive for perfection but to make progress each day.
I accept the choices I make.
I can trust myself.
I make good choices.
Each day, help me to step into the glorious person you created me to be.
I accept and find comfort in knowing—I am completely loved with your divine, perfect love.
In the name of your Son whose example lights our way,
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Shape me, mold me
Jehovah Nissi, night departs and day arrives. As I go out into the world fulfilling Your will for my life, I ask that You keep me out of harm’s way. Lead the way.
Oh Heavenly Father, guide me accordingly. Shape me and mold me into a better person. As I draw near to You, may I understand Your teachings and apply them to my life.
Proverbs 2:6-7 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Speak into my life
Grant me the understanding and knowledge of You and Your word, as I open my Bible to read the scriptures or even as I sit and listen to pastor, preacher or apostle reveal what Your Holy Book is speaking into my life.
Help me to understand Jesus Christ, and the way in which He lived His life, so that I can follow in His precious footsteps.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Ecclesiastes 7:12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
Bless me with divine knowledge and wisdom
I long to be in Your Holy presence, Oh Lord. Sit right beside me as I learn. Bring understanding to my mind as Your teachings are revealed to me.
Bless me with divine knowledge so that I could one day teach others. Help me to learn how to be more understanding, kind, patient and compassionate towards my brother just as You were when You walked the earth and came to save us.
In Jesus’ mighty name, I declare and decree that a revelation of wisdom and knowledge of the word would be dawned upon me, Amen.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
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When I think about acceptance prayer, the first that comes to mind is The Serenity Prayer -the common name for a prayer authored by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). This is a beautiful acceptance prayer which has always inspired me. Life is challenging and at times, you don’t have an answer for the things that happen in your life. In such circumstances, this prayer will be of immense value. This prayer will give you peace and courage to move on in life. There is a little difference between this and abundance prayer but logic is the same.
The best-known form is:
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;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Niebuhr, who first wrote the prayer for a sermon at Heath Evangelical Union Church in Heath, Massachusetts, used it widely in sermons as early as 1934 and first published it in 1951 in a magazine column. The prayer spread both through Niebuhr’s sermons and church groups in the 1930s and 1940s and was later adopted and popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs.
What is the secret behind the Acceptance Prayer’s power?
The language is humble, its lessons simple and its history not particularly romantic. But its messages are both personal and universal; easy to understand yet difficult to execute.
- Acceptance is not laziness. When we devote inordinate attention to the things we cannot change, we expend physical, emotional and mental energy that could be directed elsewhere. Accepting that there are some things we cannot change does not make us complacent.
- We must have the courage to change ourselves. One of the life’s greatest challenges is imagining how our lives could be different than they are now. Often, our deeply-ingrained habits are our own worst enemies, and simply identifying them is half the battle. There are several 30 Days Workbook in the main page and they are challenge and journey in this battle. Since habits gain power through repetition, it takes real focus and perspective to take a look at ourselves. You can get more insight on “Addiction Poems and My Addiction Recovery Systems“.
- Hardship can be good for you. Of course, life will bring many challenges and obstacles. When we view these obstacles not just as frustrations or failures, but as opportunities for growth and learning, we can transcend our circumstances.
- Yes, acceptance is a choice—a hard one most definitely, but a choice nonetheless. There are two ways out of a problem: accept what’s happening, see the positive, and choose a peaceful state of mind; or fight against it, be miserable, and struggle against the universe.
- Acceptance, in my opinion, is the key to converting momentary happiness to enduring happiness. It helps you move from feeling happy to actually being happy. Practicing acceptance prepares you to live in this changing world, where you never know what’s going to happen next. Acceptance is like protecting yourself with your own shield.
Let me clarify that acceptance is not at all related to weakness, and is definitely not a synonym of conformity or mediocrity.
“…And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober, unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and my attitudes.”
Daily Acceptance Prayer
I pray that “prayer” every morning. It is actually just a description of how one person sees the world and their role in it.
I believe in what this prayer says…namely that I need to focus on how I react to the world, not so much on the state of the world or what others do in it.
I accept myself completely.
I accept my strengths and my weaknesses,
my gifts and my shortcomings,
my good points and my faults.
I accept myself completely as a human being.
I accept that I am here to learn and grow,
and I accept that I am learning and growing.
I accept the personality I’ve developed, and
I accept my power to heal and change.
I accept myself without condition or reservation.
I accept that the core of my being is goodness
and that my essence is love,
and I accept that I sometimes forget that.
I accept myself completely, and in this acceptance
I find an ever-deepening inner strength.
From this place of strength, I accept my life fully and
I open to the lessons it offers me today.
I accept that within my mind are both fear and love,
and I accept my power to choose which I will experience as real.
I recognize that I experience only the results of my own choices.
I accept the times that I choose fear
as part of my learning and healing process, and
I accept that I have the potential and power
in any moment to choose love instead.
I accept mistakes as a part of growth,
so I am always willing to forgive myself and
give myself another chance.
I accept that my life is the expression of my thought,
and I commit myself to aligning my thoughts
more and more each day with the Thought of Love.
I accept that I am an expression of this Love.
Love’s hands and voice and heart on earth.
I accept my own life as a blessing and a gift.
My heart is open to receive, and I am deeply grateful.
May I always share the gifts that I receive
fully, freely, and with joy.