- A PRAYER TO OUR FATHER:
- SERENITY PRAYER:
- SH'MA ISRAEL PRAYER:
- DEVOTIONAL PRAYER:
- REFERENCE PRAYERS:
- REFERENCE LINKS:
The purpose of this page is to discuss various aspects of the practice of prayer and to give me a place to put some of my favorite prayers.
"Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn't be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. It would be easy to be vague about this matter. Yet, we believe we can make some definite and valuable suggestions.
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.
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 don't 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 one's 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.""
- Alcoholics Anonymous pg 85 - 89
2 "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." (KJV)
28 "Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:" (KJV)
12 "Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words." (KJV)
12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were." (KJV)
39 "And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. " (KJV)
17 "Pray without ceasing." (KJV)
A Prayer to Our Father
Our father who is in heaven,
May Your name be sanctified.
May Your kingdom come.
May Your will be done in heaven and on the earth.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us the debt of our sins as we forgive the debt of those who sin against us.
Do not bring us into the hands of a test,
and protect us from all evil.
YHWH, please 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 hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.
Trusting that YOU will make all things right if I surrender to YOUR Will.
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
Dear Heavenly FATHER
I offer myself to YOU
To build with me and to do with me as YOU will
Please relieve me of the bondage of self
that I may better do YOUR will
Please take away my difficulties
that victory over them will bear witness to those I would help
of YOUR love, YOUR power, and YOUR way of life
May I do YOUR will always
Dear Heavenly FATHER
I ask that YOU direct my thinking this day.
I ask that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.
I ask YOU to show me all through the day what my next step is to be,
and that I be granted whatever I need to handle each situation.
I ask especially for freedom from self-will.
Please help me to think, speak, and act as YOU would have me think, speak, and act.
Serenity Prayer (WWW.THEVOICEOFLOVE.COM) (2012/0621)
Shema Israel (WWW.THEKEYOFKNOWLEDGE.NET) (04/07/12)
YHWH's Prayer by Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson (WWW.THEKEYOFKNOWLEDGE.NET) (2011/1021)