Daily Prayer & Meditation Practice 6-16-2021 original date.
This page is a work in progress. It is now slightly updated (7/20/2021).
I have a few daily 10th and 11th Step Daily Prayer and Meditation posted on the blog.
Here is one. Here is another. Experiment and see which one you like.
God, please set aside everything I think I know about You, everything I think I know about myself, everything I think I know about others, and everything I think I know about my recovery, so I may have an open mind and a new experience with these things and come to know You better. Please help me see the Truth.
Pray for others: God, please bless and help …….
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. Thy will not mine be done!
Today is a new day for me and, with God, it can be a day of abstinence. I know that I am powerless over (say what it is, i.e., my problems & behaviors) and my life can become unmanageable again. Only God, a Power greater than myself can restore me to sanity. With God I can handle anything. With God, things which I think impossible, are possible. God, please help me to know your will for me today, and give me the willingness to carry it out. Today I humbly turn my will and my life over to Your care.
Third Step Prayer: “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.” (AA BB: 63)
Inventory can be written or shared verbally:
“God, please show me during the last 24 hours….”
Was I in a place of neutrality around my problems and behaviors? □
Was I resentful? □
Was I selfish? □
Was I self-seeking? □
Was I dishonest? □
Was I afraid? □
Was I prideful (thinking I was better than or less than others? □
Was I jealous? □
Was I envious? □
Was I lazy? □
Did I do anything that I feel guilty or ashamed about? □
Did I withhold forgiveness? □
Do I need to make any amends? □ Am I willing? Yes/No
What should I have done instead? □
Am I willing to trust and rely on God? □
6th Step Prayer: God, I pray that You now remove from me every single defect of character that stands in the way of my usefulness to others. Today, I pray for freedom from my XXXX behavior and ask that it be replaced with XXXX. (Identify character defects and assets to strive for)
7th Step Prayer: God, 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 that stands in the way of my usefulness to You and my fellows. Grant me strength as I go from here to do Your bidding. Amen.
What am I grateful for?
Spend a moment in quiet contemplation and turn your thoughts to someone you can help. “Love and service is our code.”
What can I do for others today? How can I be of service?
God, as I consider my plans for the day, please direct my thinking. I especially ask for Your guidance to separate me from reacting from motives which are dishonest, self-seeking or full of self-pity. In order to be most useful for others, let me be careful not to drift into worry, remorse or morbid self-reflection.
God, please forgive me for any wrong. Please show me what to do to make amends and what corrective measures to take so that I do not repeat these same wrongs in the future.
God, I pray that you show me all through the day what my next step is to be, that You give me whatever I need to take care of every situation. I ask especially for freedom from self-will.
God, please show me what I can do each day for those who are still sick.
God, I pray to be careful to make no request for myself only. I pray to remember that I may ask for myself, if what I ask for will also help others.
God, I have a problem [say what it is]. I do not know which course to take. Please grant me an inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. God, please help me.
God, all things are possible to You; therefore, if it be Thy will and if what I am asking for will also help others, please grant [say your request at this time]. Nevertheless, Thy will not mine be done in this as in all things. Amen.
Prayers Throughout the Day: Choose 1 or 2
God, please remove my selfishness and all its manifestations such as: dishonesty, resentment and fear. Let me quickly talk to someone so that I can see whether I have harmed anyone. If I have, please guide me to make my amends quickly.
God, please help me to resolutely turn my thoughts to someone I can help. Let me use love and tolerance of others as my code.
God, I pray that I not let up on this spiritual program of action. Always let me remember that I am not cured of my problems or behaviors. Never let me forget that my recovery is contingent upon the maintenance of my fit spiritual condition.
God, I pray to carry the vision of Your will into all my activities every day. “How can I best serve Thee – Thy will (not mine) be done.” I pray that these thoughts go with me constantly.
God, I pray that You grant me the grace to be still whenever I am agitated or doubtful; that You give me the right thought or action. I pray to constantly remember that I am no longer running the show. I pray to humbly say to myself, many times each day, “Thy will be done.”
God, I pray that You discipline me by having me follow Your program. I pray to always remember that “faith without works is dead;” that I need to carry the message of hope, sanity and recovery to all those who still suffer and to practice these principles in all my affairs.
Two Way Prayer Time/Written Guidance followed by sharing.
This post is a work in progress. This is the last version of this post from 6-16-2021
Here is a link to music that is available online at archives.org, if you would like to have meditative music playing during prayer/meditation.
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