12 Step Prayers

For those who take part in a Florida Christian drug rehab treatment program, the fusion of 12-step philosophy with Scripture is the foundation for every addict’s individual plan of recovery. While the 12 Steps on their own have a strong spiritual base, the addition of specific Biblical verses for each step strengthens the belief that the Christian 12 steps are a blueprint created by God to deliver those struggling with addiction from their despair and pain towards a spirit-filled life of hope, healing and a true connection to the divine. This combination of step work and deeper spiritual connection is further reinforced through the use of 12-Step prayers.

Common 12-Step Prayers and Their Deeper Meaning

The Serenity Prayer

The most well-known 12-Step prayer used in Christian drug rehab programs and around the tables of all 12-Step meetings is the Serenity Prayer. Authored by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, the most common form of the prayer that is recited at meetings is as follows:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

What many in recovery may not know is that the Serenity Prayer that is commonly used in meetings is actually a portion of a larger prayer which is the following:

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 all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next. Amen.

The Serenity Prayer has deep meaning for those who looking for peace during times when they are experiencing great turmoil, uncertainty and doubt in their lives. This prayer reminds those in recovery that God is truly the One that will bring peace in troubled times and that his constant presence in their lives will center them and help them focus on the fact that the only thing they can control is the present moment.

Third Step Prayer

Another common 12-step prayer that is frequently utilized is the Third Step Prayer:

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!

In the third step of all 12-Step groups, those who are newly recovering have made the decision to turn their life over to God or their higher power in order to remove all that has kept them sick and stuck in addiction. With this prayer, newly recovering addicts are reinforcing they have failed it trying to end the vicious cycle of addiction that has overwhelmed them, and they are looking to a greater being to help restore their health, mind and spirit. Additionally, this prayer also help those in recovery realize they must trust others to help them heal.

Seventh Step Prayer

While every step within the 12 Steps are important, the Seventh Step is especially important in the fact that the addict has done their personal inventory and worked hard to make amends to those they have harmed. With the accompanying prayer that goes hand in hand with this step, the addict is giving him or herself over to God or their higher power as they are, both good and bad:

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.

This prayer is significant in the fact those who utilize it recognize the fact they must move out of themselves and towards serving God and others with humility and gratitude.

Eleventh Step Prayer

The Eleventh Step Prayer is also common in Christian drug rehab programs and it often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of thy 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 giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

This prayer ties into the concept of connection with God through prayer, meditation and reflection. People that work the Eleventh Step fully realize they have been delivered from their addiction, and by keeping constant contact with God they are able to continue on their path of recovery and salvation. Additionally, those in recovery make every effort to carry out God’s will in their relationships with others.

Strengthen Your Recovery and Faith Through Our Florida Christian Drug Rehab Program

If you or a loved one is seeking drug treatment programming that will address your addiction and deepen your faith, call Ocean Breeze Recovery Center today and learn more about our Florida Christian drug and alcohol treatment programs. With rock solid therapy options, medical detoxification and focus on Scripture as a way to overcome and heal the wounds of substance abuse, you will grow spiritually and experience the lasting peace and serenity that comes with faith in recovery. Call us toll-free at 1-855-960-5341 today.

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