A moving poem by Rabbi Jack Riemer reminds us that we cannot merely ask God in prayer to do something which is within our power, so as to spare us the chore of doing it.
The 12th step is for life. Pray for the strength and commitment to lead others to Christ.
Pray for a life of peace, of sobriety and of Christ. the 11th step is for life.
Pray to live a better life. Pray so that you may not harm as you did while using, and pray so that when you do harms, you see them quickly, and can make immediate amends.
Here you truly need the power of Christ. Pray for the strength and resolve to make amends well
Preparing to make amends takes real courage. Prayer helps a lot.
We pray and He frees us. Here lies true glory of God! Pray for freedom from your shortcomings, and you shall be freed.
Prayers for understanding, so that we may use our new self-awareness to live better, for God.
Pray for the courage to say what needs to be said and for the humility to say it right.
When we look deeply, and honestly at our strengths, but also at our weaknesses, we rarely like what we see. Pray for the courage and resolve to complete this task.
In the 3rd of the Christian 12 steps, we pledge our will and our lives to the God of the Christian Bible.
The Christian 12 steps evoke beauty and power. They lead us away from drugs and alcohol as they lead us back to a strong connection with Christ….but although the process works, the journey is far from easy. Here are some prayers long used for when times get tough.
Pray for truth and of truth. The first step is a simple admission of our powerlessness, and because what seems so simple sometimes feels so hard, we pray.
© One from RM
Overcome addiction with the Christian 12 steps as you also build a deep foundation for a true life in Christ. Working the 12 steps is rarely easy, but through them you reap a glorious reward. Pray for guidance, strength and courage, and find through Christ what you seek.
The Lord will heal your teen. Let Him. Pray for the strength and wisdom to do all you can do and nothing more. Pray so that you may transform your pain and anger into love, and pray that your teen may soon feel God’s healing power.
Believe in God, and believe in prayer, and believe that God can do all things. There is always hope. Pray.
We will for always remember our grown children as the innocent laughing souls they were, and it hurts us deeply when we see them in pain. Pray for love; pray that they feel God’s love.
We do not need to forget, but we must forgive. We must protect ourselves, but we must also act only from love and with kindness. Pray for forgiveness and for love.
A prayer for grace. A prayer for understanding and a prayer for wisdom. Let God guide you and allow you to live well, for Him.
You can do a lot, but only Christ can truly heal. Pray for God’s grace and wisdom, pray for an acceptance of your limits and pray that your loved one will feel God’s love and get better.
The Serenity Prayer
The Surrender Prayer
Dear God, I am powerless and my life is unmanageable without Your help and guidance. I come to You today because I believe that You can restore and renew me to meet my needs today. Since I cannot adequately manage my life or affairs, I have decided to give them to You. I put my life, my will, my thoughts, my desires and ambitions into Your hands.
I give You all of me: the good and the bad, the character defects and shortcomings, my selfishness, resentments, and all my problems. I know that You will work them out in accordance with Your plan. Such as I am, take and use me in Your service. Guide and direct my ways and show me
what to do for You.
Help me to see how I have harmed others, and make me willing to make amends to You and to them. Keep me ever mindful of thoughts and actions that harm myself and others, and that separate me from Your light, Your love and Your Spirit. And when I commit these errors, make me aware of them and help me to recognize each one promptly.
I am seeking to know You better and to love You more. I am seeking the knowledge of Your Will for me and the power to carry it out. –anonymous
copied from Mission of Mercy handbook
Just For Today
Just for today, I will try to live through this day only and not tackle my whole life problem at once.I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime. Just for today, I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that “most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Third Step Prayer
Seventh Step Prayer
Eleventh Step Prayer
Recovery Prayers Used In A.A.
Suggestions About Recovery Prayers and Meditation From the Big Book:
- Make no requests in prayer for yourself only.
- Never pray for your own selfish ends.
- Select and memorize a few set prayers that emphasize the principles of The Steps.
- Ask a priest, minister or rabbi about helpful books and prayers that emphasize the principles of the Steps.
- Be quick to see where religious people are right.
- Make use of what religious people have to offer.
(From page 87 of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous)
Recovery Prayers At Night
God forgive me where I have been resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid today. Help me to not keep anything to myself but to discuss it all openly with another person – show me where I owe an apology and help me make it. Help me to be kind and loving to all people. Use me in the mainstream of life God. Remove worry, remorse or morbid reflections that I may be of usefulness to others.
(From page 86 of The Big Book)
Recovery Prayers In The Morning
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 in the name of the Steps I pray.
(From page 86 of The Big Book)
Prayer Of St. Francis Of Assisi
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort
than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.
Learn more about St. Francis of Assisi
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