A Gratitude Prayer

sunrise2 pic      You, oh Lord, abide for ever and will not for ever be angry with us, for You have taken pity on us who are earth and ashes; and so it was pleasing in Your sight to give new form to my deformity.
You goaded me within to make me chafe impatiently until You should grow clear to my spiritual sight. At the unseen touch of Your medicine my swelling subsided,
while under the stinging eye-salve of curative pain the fretful darkened vision of my spirit began to improve day by day.

St. Augustine of Hippo

What Is Prayer and Meditation?

Prayer and Meditation is a form of conscious contact with God in which an attempt is made to communicate our needs to God, and reflect upon the will of God. The meaning of meditation is derived from the Latin word meditari (to concentrate). Meditation is the process of deliberately focusing on specific thoughts (e.g. the will of God, a beautiful experience, a spiritual desire, or relief from specific mental or spiritual pain, etc.) and thinking on their meaning in the context of God's Love, and our perspective of that love. This type of meditation is intended to stimulate thought and receive a deeper understanding of God. It is for cultivating the personal relationship with God.

Step Prayers
Step Frame of Thought
Step 1 (admitted defeat) Surrender to reality
Step 2 (came to believe) Faith in One greater than oneself
Step 3 (made a decision) Trust in a Higher Power
Step 4 (took personal inventory) Inventory, and our ownership
Step 5 (admitted our wrongs) Conquering our fears
Step 6 (ready to be released) Readiness for God's work in us
Step 7 (became humble) Humility gains inner peace
Step 8 (willing to make amends) Honesty in who we hurt
Step 9 (made amends) Made right our wrongs
Step 10 (continued inventory) Continued to do the right thing
Step 11 (improve contact with God) Cultivate our spiritual growth
Step 12 (carry the message) Give away what we received
Step 12 Prayer

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Dear God, My spiritual awakening continues to unfold. The help I have received I shall pass on and give to others, both in and out of the Fellowship. For this opportunity I am grateful. I pray most humbly to continue walking day by day on the road of spiritual progress. I pray for the inner strength and wisdom to practice the principles of this way of life in all I do and say. I need You, my friends, and the Program every hour of every day. This is a better way to live.

Our Inspiration

Alcoholics Anonymous World Services AA Grapevine, Inc. Al-Anon Family Groups World Services AA St. Louis Central Service Office