please set aside for me
all the things that I think I know about:
the 12 steps,
and especially spiritual matters
so that I may have an open mind
for a new experience of all these things.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Abandon yourself to God, as you understand God.
Admit your faults to him and to your fellows.
Clear away the wreckage of your past.
Give freely of what you find and join us.
We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit,
and you will surely meet some of us
as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.
May God bless you and keep you until then.
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!
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.
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.