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The Most Important AA Prayers

by | Last updated May 14, 2021 at 11:03AM | Published on Dec 15, 2020 | Sober Living

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Prayers are a significant part of working a 12-step program. By tapping into a Higher Power and spirituality, AA prayers help those in recovery find the strength they need to work certain steps. While the Serenity Prayer is the most popular of all, there’s an important prayer linked to every step. Let’s take a look at some of these prayers and how they can help you in your recovery journey.

First Step Prayer

As you might know, the first step is all about accepting powerlessness over one’s addiction. While this prayer is for God, remember that you can change it for whatever Higher Power you believe in, or use it as a meditation mantra instead. 

Dear Lord,
I admit that I am powerless over my addiction.
I admit that my life is unmanageable when I try to control it.
Help me this day to understand
The true meaning of powerlessness.
Remove from me all denial of my addiction.

Third Step Prayer

By the third step, recovering alcoholics have decided to turn their will and their lives to the care of God or this Higher Power. It is here where they truly accept their powerlessness against their disease and hope for salvation.

I offer myself to Thee
To build with me & 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 & Thy way of life,
May I do Thy will always!

Seventh Step Prayer

As you reach this step, it can be challenging to find the right words to ask God to remove your shortcomings. This AA prayer is meant to help you find the right words and the pathway to leave your shortcomings behind. 

My Creator,
I am now willing that you should have all of me, good & bad.
I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character
Which stands in the way of my usefulness to you & my fellows.
Grant me strength, as I go out from here to do your bidding.

Eleventh Step Prayer

Also known as the St. Francis Prayer, from the early 1900s. The eleventh step is about continuing the journey to betterment. Here, you continue to find strength from prayers and meditation and ask God to give you the power to carry that out. 

Higher Power, as I understand You,
I pray to keep my connection with You
Open & clear from the confusion of daily life.
Through my prayers & meditation I ask especially for
Freedom from self-will, rationalization, & wishful thinking.
I pray for the guidance of correct thought & positive action.
Your will Higher Power, not mine, be done.

The Serenity Prayer

At last, the most important AA prayer of all — the serenity prayer. Not only the most commonly used, but it’s the one that usually opens and closes most 12-step meetings. The original prayer is from the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, but the short form is used in AA meetings and probably throughout recovery. 

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships 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 things right

If I surrender to His Will;

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him

Forever and ever in the next.


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