There’s an abundance of prayers in the world that have proven useful to people in recovery who want to enhance their relationship with God. The four prayers selected below not only accomplish this, but take on a deeper meaning when they are recited from memory instead of being read from a book.
POINT TO PONDER: If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy.
There is an additional benefit to memorizing prayer: efficiency. When we memorize prayer, we are less likely to skip prayer at the beginning and/or end of a busy day.
Now, we can always pray from the heart and that certainly is useful. However, the prayers below have such a particularly practical impact on daily recovery, that praying them daily has proven quite powerful to the people who practice it.
(If you or someone you know is an atheist, you may want to read “3 Prayers Every Atheist Should Know“)
“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.” page 63 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is injury, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring harmony.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
Where there are shadows, let me bring light.
Lord, grant that I may seek:
To comfort, rather than to be comforted.
To understand, rather than to be understood.
And to love, rather than to be loved.
For it is by forgetting myself, that I may find myself,
it is by giving, that I may receive,
it is by pardoning, that I may be pardoned,
and it is by dying, that I may awaken to eternal life.
Amen.” page 99 of the Twelve and Twelve of Alcoholics Anonymous
“My Creator, 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 which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.” page 76 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
“Lord, I pray that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory. May your hand go with me in all that I do and keep me from evil, so I will not cause pain.” 1 Chronicles 4:10
I’ve developed a printable checklist to help you stay mindful of your efforts.