Prayers of the steps
The Big Book of alcoholics anonymous suggest prayer and meditation, and gives us some clear cut, precise directions.
Never am I to pray for myself
Never pray for my own selfish ends pg. 87
select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles of the steps pg.87
Make use of what priest, minister or rabbi's offer - prayers, books and advice. pg.87
Be quick to see where religious people are right. pg.87
Make use of what they offer. pg.87
God, Creative Intelligence, Universal Mind, Spirit of Nature or Spirit of the
Universe my name is ______, And I'm a real alcoholic ... and I need your help
(pg.. 10-2, 46, & Chp. 3 BB)
God, I'm 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
(p. 59 BB)
"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 BB)
God, Take my will and my life. Guide me in my recovery. Show me how to live.
(the step on p. 59 BB)
WHEN IN DOUBT
"I was to sit quietly when in doubt, asking only for direction and strength to meet my problems as He would have me. Never was I to pray for myself, except as my requests bore on my usefulness to others. Then only might I expect to receive. But that would be in great measure."
WHEN I AM DISTURBED BY THE CONDUCT (SYMPTOMS) OF OTHERS
"This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done."
(p. 67 BB)
God help me to show this person the same tolerance, pity and patience that I would Cheerfully grant a sick friend. This is a sick person, how can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done.
(see above and p. 141 of 12&12)
WHEN I AM AFRAID
"We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be."
(p. 68 BB)
God, relieve me of this fear and direct my attention to what you would have me be. AMEN
WHEN I AM AWARE OF MY OWN DEFECTS AND SEEKING GOD'S HELP TO CHANGE
"We asked God to mold our ideals and help us to live up to them. . . we ask God what we should do about each specific matter."
(p. 69 BB)
God mold my ideals in this particular area of my life and help me to live up to them. What should I do in each specific matter? Guide me God and give me strength to do right. AMEN
God I thank you from the bottom of my heart that I 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. AMEN
(p. 75 BB)
God help me become willing to let go of all the things to which I still cling.
Help me to be ready to let You remove all of these defects, that Your will and
purpose may take their place. AMEN
(p. 76 BB)
"I humbly offered myself to God, as I then understood Him, to do with me as He
would. I placed myself unreservedly under His care and direction. I admitted for
the first time that of myself I was nothing; that without Him I was lost. I
ruthlessly faced my sins and became willing to have my new-found Friend take
them away, root and branch."
"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."
(p. 76 BB)
"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 BB)
God help me to become willing to sweep away the debris of self will and self reliant living. Thy will be done for this person as well as for me. AMEN
God give me the strength and direction to do the right thing no matter what the
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. AMEN
(p. 78-80 BB)
God remove the Selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear that has cropped up
in my life right now. Help me to discuss this with someone immediately and make
amends quickly if I have harmed anyone. Help me to cease fight anything and
anyone. Show me where I may be helpful to someone else. Help me react sanely;
not cocky or afraid. How can I best serve You - Your will, not mine be done.
(p. 84-5 BB)
"How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done."
(p. 85 BB)