PRAYERS

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.

“Set-Aside” Prayer

God, please enable me to set aside everything I think I know about myself, my disease, the 12 Steps, and You, for an open mind, an open heart, and a new experience.

Help me to see the truth about _______________________.

1st Step Conclusion & Prayer (my sponsor passed this to me to say every morning)

Ask yourself:

  • Am I a compulsive overeater today?
  • Do I want to be in recovery today?
  • Am I willing to go to any lengths for that recovery today?

If yes, then:

“God, I am a real compulsive overeater and I need your help today. Please keep me abstinent for the next 24 hours.”

PRAYERS FROM THE AA BIG BOOK

2nd Step Prayer- page 59 

God, I am standing at the turning point right now. Give me your protection and care as I abandon myself to you and give up my old ways and my old ideas just for today.

3rd Step Prayer—page 63 

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.

4th Step Prayer (Resentments)—page 67 

God, help me to show tolerance, pity and patience. This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done.

Other Resentment Prayers

Dear God, I have a resentment toward, _____________ that I want to be free of. So I am asking you to give this person everything I want for myself. Help me to feel compassionate understanding and love for this person. I pray that they will receive everything they need. Thank you, God for your help and strength with this resentment.

God, ____________is perhaps a spiritually blocked person. Whether they are or not, this resentment is blocking ME spiritually. Please help me to show ___________the same tolerance, compassion , and patience that I would cheerfully grand a sick friend. Please forgive me for being angry and enable me to stop clinging to this resentment and show me how to take a kindly and tolerant view of _____________. Please show me how I can be helpful to ____________.  They will not mine be done!

Peace Prayer

(Name), peace to your thoughts, peace to your feelings, peace to your body

Fear Prayer—page 68 

God, I ask that you remove my fear and direct my attention to what you would have me be.

Sex Prayer—page 69

God, I ask that you would mold my ideals, and help me to live up to them. Where I have done harm, God show me what I should do about each specific matter.

Forgiveness—page 70

God, I am sorry for what I have done, and have an honest desire to let You take me to better things.

Sanity and Strength Prayer—page 70

God, I earnestly pray for the right ideal, for guidance in each questionable situation, for sanity, and for the strength to do the right thing.

5th Step Prayer—page 75

God, I thank You from the bottom of my heart that I may know you better. Help me become aware of anything I have omitted discussing with another person. Help me to do what is necessary to walk a free man at last.

6th Step Prayer—page 76

God, I still cling to some things that I have admitted are objectionable. Help me to be willing to let them go so that Your will and purpose may take their place.

7th Step Prayer—page 76

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. Amen.

8th Step Prayer—page 76

God, I ask for the willingness to make amends for the damage I have done in the past.

9th Step Prayer—page 78-83

I pray that I may be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be. Help me to consider others and not harm them in any way. Help me to consult with others before I take any actions that would cause me to be sorry. Help me to not repeat such behaviors. Show me the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love and help me live the spiritual life.

Change Prayer—page 81

I am sorry for what I have done. God willing, it shall not be repeated.

Morning Prayer—page 83

My creator, show me the way of patience, tolerance, kindness and love.

10th Step Prayer—page 84

I pray, God, that You remove my selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear.

Another 10th Step Prayer- page 84,85

God, please remove the selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, fear that has cropped up in my life right now. Please grant me the willingness to see what you would have me see, in the light you would have me see it: free from morbid reflection, fear, obsessive guilt, and dishonesty. Help me to discuss this with someone immediately and make amends quickly if I have harmed anyone. Help me cease fighting anything and anyone.

Daily Prayer—page 85

How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done.

11th Step Prayer—page 86

God, I pray for forgiveness for the wrongs I have done today. I ask that I be shown what corrective measures should be taken.

Decision Prayer—page 86

God, I am faced with indecision and I am unable to determine which course to take. I ask You for inspiration, an intuitive thought, or a decision. God, I pray to be shown what my next step should be. Give me whatever I need to take care of my problems. Especially free me from self-will so that I may be of help to others. What can I do today to help others?

During the Day Prayer—page 87

I am agitated (doubtful) God. Please give me the right thought or action. I am no longer running the show. Thy will be done.

Morning Prayer—pages 86 and 164

God, please direct my thinking; especially, that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonesty or self-seeking motives. What can I do for the man that is still sick?

A Blessing—page 164

May God bless You and keep You.

11th Step Prayer/Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

(AA Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Book, page 99)

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.

Acceptance page 417

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 compulsive overeating, I could not stay abstinent; 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 in my attitude.

Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, all the men and women merely players.” He forgot to mention that I was the chief critic. I was always able to see the flaw in every person, every situation. And I was always glad to point it out, because I knew you wanted perfection, just as I did. O.A. and acceptance have taught me that there is a bit of good in the worst of us and a bit of bad in the best of us; that we are all children of God and we each have a right to be here. When I complain about me or about you, I am complaining about God’s handiwork, I am saying that I know better than God.