Prayers: Together for Printing

The prayers below are often used in 12 Step Meetings

Affirmation Prayer
Help me learn to meet life with an affirmative attitude
There is good in the world, and I can follow that good.
Power is available to help me do the right thing.
Therefore, I must accept that power.
I pray that I will not be paralyzed by doubt.
Thank you all for being here.
AMEN

Peace Within (St. Therese’s Prayer)
May today there be peace within.
May we trust our highest power that we are exactly where we are meant to be.
May we not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May we use those gifts that we have received, and pass on the love that has been given to us.
May we be content knowing we are children of God.
Let this presence settle into our bones, and
allow our souls the freedom
to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us. Amen

Prayer to Get Past Self Doubt
Help me learn to meet life with an affirmative attitude.
There is good in the world, and I can follow that good.
Power is available to help me do the right thing.
Therefore, I must accept that power.
I pray that I will not be paralyzed by doubt.
I pray that I may meet life affirmatively on the venture of faith. Amen

Freedom of Bondage Prayer
If you have a resentment you want to be free of,
if you will pray for the person or the thing that you resent,
you will be free.
If you will ask in prayer for everything you want for yourself to be given to them,
you will be free.
Ask for their health, their prosperity, their happiness,
and you will be free
Even when you don’t really want it for them,
and your prayers are only words and you don’t mean it,
go ahead and do it anyway.
Do it everyday for two weeks and you will find you have come to mean it
and you want it for them,
and you will realize that where you used to feel bitterness and resentment and hatred,
you now feel compassionate understanding and love. Amen

Spiritual Growth Prayer
Higher Power,
May my development as a spiritual person
temper my habitual hankerings for material security.
May I understand that the only real security in life is spiritual.
If I have faith in my Higher Power, these revisions in my attitudes will follow.
May I grow first in spiritual awareness.
Amen

Set Aside Prayer
Higher Power, please help me set aside everything I think I know about myself,
my disease, these steps, and especially you,
for an open mind and a new experience with myself,
my disease, these steps, and especially You. Amen

Second Step Prayer
Higher Power,
I know in my heart that only you can restore me to sanity.
I humbly ask that you remove all twisted thought
and addictive behavior from me this day.
Heal my spirit and restore in me a clear mind. Amen

Third Step Prayer
Higher Power, I have tried to control the uncontrollable for far too long.
I ask that you take this burden from me.
I acknowledge that my life is unmanageable.
I ask for your care and guidance
Grant me honesty, courage, humility, and serenity,
to face that which keeps me from you and others.
I give this life to you, to do with as you will. Amen

11th Step Prayer
Higher Power,
Please Help Me.
Help me learn what I’m supposed to learn.
Help me do what I’m supposed to do.
Help me be who I’m supposed to be.
Stay with me always.
In my hour of deepest despair.
And my hour of greatest joy. Amen

Unity Prayer
I place my hand in yours, and together we can do
what we could never do alone.
No longer is there a sense of hopelessness.
No longer must we each depend upon
our own unsteady willpower.
We are all together now, reaching out our hands,
for a power and strength, greater that ours.
And, as we join hands, we find love and understanding
beyond our wildest dreams!
Amen

Victory Prayer
Higher power, I offer myself to you.
To build with me and to do with me as you will.
Relieve me of the burden of self, that I may better do your will.
Take away my difficulties.
That victory over them may bear witness to those I would help.
Of your power, your love and your way of life.
May I do your will always. Amen

Reconciliation Prayer
Higher Power,
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech
and the inability to listen to others,
I vow to cultivate loving speech and deep listening
in order to bring joy and happiness to others
and relieve others of their suffering.
Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering,
I vow to learn to speak truthfully,
with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope.
I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain
and not to criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure.
I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord,
or that can cause the family or the community to break.
I will make all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.
Amen

The Promises
The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it.
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development,
we will be amazed before we are half way through.
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone,
we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that God
is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises?
We think not !!
They are being fulfilled among us
sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
They will always materialize if we work