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Set Aside Prayer

Alcoholics Anonymous, page 58 states, “Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.” Even if my old ideas were learned in recovery being open-minded is still a key to my spiritual growth. I must accept that my knowledge and experience is inherently limited. I enlarge my spiritual life only when I am receptive to new experiences. Some spiritual traditions refer to this as Shoshin, or Beginner’s Mind, an attitude of openness and a relaxation of preconceived ideas; a sort of child-like wonder. I often say the following prayer with my sponsee at the beginning of each session:

 

God, help me set aside everything I think I know
About myself, my addiction, these steps and especially You
So that I may have an open mind and a new experience with the Truth
About myself, my addiction, these steps and especially You.

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The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved, as to love.

For it is in the giving that we receive,
It is in the pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in the dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Father Mychal’s Prayer

Father Mychal F. Judge, OFM Former chaplain to the New York Fire Department was killed on September 11, 2001.

Lord, take me where You want me to go;
Let me meet who You want me to meet;
Tell me what You want me to say, and
Keep me out of Your way.

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Thomas Merton Prayer

During my early recovery my future was very uncertain. I was overwhelmed with facing the harm I had caused during my addiction. A therapist gave me this prayer. Struggling with recovery and the concept of a Higher Power, this prayer seemed to speak through me directly to the God I then understood not at all. Thanks Rodney.

Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk 1915 - 1968

GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I know my True Self, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always.
Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death,
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
And you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

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