Recovery prayers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In the 3rd of the Christian 12 steps, we pledge our will and our lives to the God of the Christian Bible.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Believe in God, and believe in prayer, and believe that God can do all things. There is always hope. Pray.

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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.

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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.

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recovery prayers

The Serenity Prayer
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

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.

I cannot control or change my friends or loved ones, so I release them into Your care for Your loving hands to do with as You will. Just keep me loving them and free from judging them. If they need changing, God, You will have to do it. I can’t. Just make me willing and ready to be of service to You, to have my shortcomings removed, and to do my best.

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

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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 in the name of the Steps I pray. AMEN

Night Prayer
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 (sick) reflections that I may be of usefulness to others. AMEN

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.”   
  Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will  not be a mental loafer. I will read  something that requires effort, thought and concentration. 
  
Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my “luck” as it comes, and fit myself to it. 
  
Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don’t want to–just for exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not show it 
  
Just for today, I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything and not try to improve or regulate anybody except myself. 
  
Just for today, I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision. 
  
Just for today, I will have a quiet half hour all by myself,and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.
 
Just for today, I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.  -Kenneth L. Holmes

Third Step Prayer
​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!

Seventh Step Prayer
My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good & bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you & my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here to do Your bidding.

Eleventh Step Prayer
(often attributed to St. Francis)

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

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recovery prayers

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.
Amen

(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.
Amen

(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.
Amen

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This page last updated on September 27, 2017.

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