Prayers of the program - Step by Step
I earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray. - Dr. William Duncan Silkworth, M.D.
From the book "Alcoholics Anonymous":
The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God's universe. The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves. - p 25
Step 1: "God I need help!" - We hope we have made clear the distinction between the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic. If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.- p44
Step 2: "Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" (p 47) We finally saw that faith in some kind of God was a part of our make-up, just as much as the feeling we have for a friend. Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found. (p 55)
Step 3: "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!"" (p 63)
Step 4: Resentments - "This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done." (p 67)
Fear - We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be. At once, we commence to outgrow fear. (p68)
Sex Conduct - We earnestly pray for the right ideal, for guidance in each questionable situation, for sanity, and for the strength to do the right thing. (p70)
Step 5: We begin to feel the nearness of our Creator. We may have had certain spiritual beliefs, but now we begin to have a spiritual experience....We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better.(p75)
Step 6: If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing. (p76)
Step 7: "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." (p76)
Step 8: We attempt to sweep away the debris which has accumulated out of our effort to live on self-will and run the show ourselves. If we haven't the will to do this, we ask until it comes. (p 76)
Step 9: Reminding ourselves that we have decided to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience, we ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences may be.(p 79)...So we clean house with the family, asking each morning in meditation that our Creator show us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love. (p 83)
Step 10: Spot inventory - Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. (p 84)
Daily inventory - "How can I best serve Thee--Thy will (not mine) be done." (p 85)
Step 11: At night - After making our review we ask God's forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.
On Awakening - We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.
In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. we relax and take it easy. (p 86)
We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems.
As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. (p 87)
Many times each day - "Thy will be done." (p 88)
Step 12: Both you and the new man must walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress. If you persist, remarkable things will happen. When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God's hands were better than anything we could have planned. Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances! (p 100)
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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. - Proverbs 9:10