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the early members of AA studied the Bible? In
fact, one of the possible names for AA then
James Club" after the Book
of James from the Bible.
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, Season, And A Lifetime
covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew
I unto you a more excellent way.
I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
and may not have charity, I am become as
sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And
though I have the gift of prophecy,
and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge;
and though I have all faith, so that I could
remove mountains, and have not charity,
I am nothing. 3And though I bestow
all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned,
and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4Charity suffereth long, and
is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth
not itself, is not puffed up, 5Does
not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not
her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh
no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity,
but rejoiceth in the truth; 7Beareth
all things, believeth all things, hopeth
all things, endureth all things. 8Charity
never faileth: but whether there be
prophecies, they shall fail; whether there
be tongues, they shall cease; whether
there be knowledge, it shall vanish
away. 9For we know in part, and
we prophesy in part. 10But when
that which is perfect is come, then that
which is in part shall be done away. 11When
I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood
as a child, I thought as a child; but when
I became a man, I put away childish things.
12For now we see through a glass,
darkly; but then face to face: now I know
in part; but then shall I know even as also
I am known. 13And now abideth
faith, hope, charity, these three; but the
greatest of these is charity.
184, New Testament, King James Bible ©
Copyright, 1957. The New - Reference Bible,
Third Improved Edition, containing Thompson's
Original and Complete System of Bible Study.
Including: Chain References, Text Cyclopedia,
Analyses of Books, Outline Studies of Characters,
and Unique Charts.
Origin of our Serenity Prayer)
God, grant me the Serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change Courage to change the
things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the
pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this
sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make
all things right if I
surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy
in this life, and supremely
happy with Him forever in
(Copyright © The
AA Grapevine, January, 1950.)
QUICK NOTEthere are several versions of these prayers
that float around. You may have been given a copy by your
sponsor at sometime. Some versions claim to be "from
the BIG BOOK". The problem is some are written in the
Book "Alcoholics Anonymous" or in
Steps and Twelve Traditions", and others
are only inspired by or derived from what is in these books.
To avoid confusion, what is in the Big
Book (BB) or Twelve & Twelve (12&12),
I'll put quote marks around, the others I'll either give
page numbers from which the inspiration may have come, or
quote that page first.]
OF THE STEPS
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 today.
(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 for today.
(p. 59 BB)
I offer myself to Theeto 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. AMEN
(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
"We asked God to mold our ideals and help us to live
up to them. . . we ask God what we should do about each
(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)
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)
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 havent the will to do this, we ask until it
(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 fighting 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. AMEN
(p. 84-5 BB)
"How can I best serve TheeThy will (not mine)
(p. 85 BB)
we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful,
and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind
ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying
to ourselves many times each day 'Thy will be done.' "
(p. 87-8 BB)
God, I'm agitated and doubtful right now. Help me to stop
and remember that I've made a decision to let You be my
God. Give me the right thoughts and actions. God save me
from fear, anger, worry, self-pity or foolish decisions
that Your will not mine be done. AMEN
(Prayer of St Francis of Assisi) "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."
(p. 99 12&12)
SUGGESTIONS ABOUT PRAYER AND MEDITATION FROM BB:
Make no requests in prayer for yourself only.
(2) Never pray for your own selfish ends.
Select and memorize a few set prayers that emphasize
the principles of the Steps.
Ask a priest, minister or rabbi about helpful books
and prayers that emphasize the principles of the
Be quick to see where religious people are right.
Make use of what religious people have to offer.
God forgive me where I have been resentful, selfish, dishonest
or afraid today. Help me to not keep anything to myself
but to discuss it all openly with another person - show
me where I owe an apology and help me make it. Help me to
be kind and loving to all people. Use me in the mainstream
of life God. Remove worry, remorse or morbid (sick) reflections
that I may be of usefulness to others. AMEN
(p. 86 BB)
God direct my thinking today so that it be divorced of self
pity, dishonesty, self-will, self-seeking and fear. God
inspire my thinking, decisions and intuitions. Help me to
relax and take it easy. Free me from doubt and indecision.
Guide me through this day and show me my next step. God
give me what I need to take care of any problems. I ask
all these things that I may be of maximum service to you
and my fellow man in the name of the Steps I pray. AMEN
(p. 86 BB)
following are 2 pamphlets that I have seen passed around
for many years)
On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours
ahead. 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. Under these conditions we can employ our mental
faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains
to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher
plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong 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. We dont struggle. We are
often surprised how the right answers come after we have
tried this for a while.
What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration
gradually becomes a working part of the mind. Being still
inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with
God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired
at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts
of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that
our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the
plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it.
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. We ask especially for freedom from self-will,
and are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We
may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped.
We are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends. Many
of us have wasted a lot of time doing that and it doesn't
work. You can easily see why.
If circumstances warrant, we ask our wives or friends to
join us in morning meditation. If we belong to a religious
denomination which requires a definite morning devotion,
we attend to that also. If not members of religious bodies,
we sometimes select and memorize a few set prayers which
emphasize the principles we have been discussing. There
are many helpful books also. Suggestions about these may
be obtained from ones priest, minister, or rabbi.
Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use
of what they offer.
As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful,
and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind
ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying
to ourselves many times each day Thy will be done.
We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger,
worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more
efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning
up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange
life to suit ourselves.
It works - it really does.
We alcoholics are undisciplined. So we let God discipline
us in the simple way we have just outlined. But this is
not all. There is action and more action. Faith without
works is dead.
(from "Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 86-88)
QUICK NOTE sometime between the 10th printing in 1971
and the 29th printing in 1985, the "12 & 12"
was retypset so the page numbers are no longer the same.
My copy of this pamphlet has page numbers coinciding with
the 10th printing. That kinda indicates how long it has
been floating around the fellowship. I include both sets
of page numbers here for the sake of accuracy.)
When we retire at night, we constructively review our day.
Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe
an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should
be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and
loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were
we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or were we thinking
of what we could do for others, of what we could pack into
the stream of life? But we must be careful not to drift
into worry, remorse or morbid reflection, for that would
diminish our usefulness to others. After making our review
we ask God's forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures
should be taken.
(from "Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 86)
FROM 12 & 12
And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise
deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally
needed support. (p. 97 in 29th printing/ p. 100 in 10th
printing ) One of its first fruits is emotional balance.
With it we can broaden and deepen the channel between ourselves
and God as we understand Him. (p. 101-2 / 104 ) But its
object is always the same: to improve our conscious contact
with God, with His grace, wisdom, and love. (p. 101 / 104)
As the day goes on, we can pause where situations must be
met and decisions made, and renew the simple request: "Thy
will, not mine, be done." If at these points our emotional
disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep
our balance, provided we remember, and repeat to ourselves,
a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in
our reading or meditation. Just saying it over and over
will often enable us to clear a channel choked up with anger,
fear, frustration, or misunderstanding, and permit us to
return to the surest help of all - our search for God's
will, not our own, in the moment of stress. (p. 102-3 /
In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer
are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience.
All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily
their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability.
And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can
stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances . . .
We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to
just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God
to give it to us on order and on our terms. (p. 107 / p.
104) . . . Any experienced A.A. will tell how his affairs
have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better
as he tried to improve his conscious contact with God...new
lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage
were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction
came that God does "move in a mysterious way His wonders
to perform." (p. 104-5 / 107)
THROUGH PRAYER AND MEDITATION TO IMPROVE OUR CONSCIOUS CONTACT
WITH GOD ... PRAYING ONLY FOR HIS WILL AND THE POWER TO
CARRY THAT OUT.
HAVING HAD A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING ... WE TRIED TO PRACTICE
THESE PRINCIPLES IN ALL OUR AFFAIRS.
OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
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.
more about Saint Francis—
research on this prayer ::
Season, And A Lifetime
come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
When you figure out which it is, you will know exactly
what to do.
people come into our lives and quickly go..
people become friends and stay awhile...
beautiful footprints on our hearts...
we are never quite the same because we have made a good
someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to
meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to
provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically,
emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend,
and they are. They are there for the reason you need them
to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at
an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something
to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out
and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is
that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their
work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered
and it is now time to move on.
people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because
your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may
bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They
may teach you something you have never done. They usually
give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It
is real! But, only for a season.
relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things
you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional
foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the
person or people involved; and put what you have learned
to use in all other relationships, and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
you read this, just recite the following prayer.
That's all you have to do. There is nothing else attached.
This is the power of prayer at work.
today there be peace within you.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant
May you not forget the infinite possibilities
that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let His presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing,
dance, and to bask in the sun.
It is there for each and every one of you.
this to the people in your life
Awesome Power of Prayer
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