12 Step Prayers
First Step Prayer
I admit that I am powerless over my addiction,
I admit that my life is unmanageable when I try to control it.
Help me this day to understand the true meaning of powerlessness.
Remove from me all denial of my addiction.
Second Step Prayer
I know in my heart that only You can restore me to sanity.
I humble ask that You remove all twisted thought and additive behavior from me this day.
Heal my spirit and restore in me a clear mind.
Third Step Prayer (Page 63 – A.A. Big Book)
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!
Fourth Step Prayer
It is I who have made my life a mess.
I have done it, but I cannot undo it.
My mistakes are mine, and I will begin a searching and fearless moral inventory.
I will write down my wrongs and the exact nature of my wrongs.
I pray for the strength to complete the task.
Fifth Step Prayer
My inventory has shown me who I am,
Yet I ask for Your help in admitting my wrongs to another person and You.
Assure me, and be with me, in this Step,
for without this Step I cannot progress in my recovery.
With Your help, I can do this, and I do it.
Sixth Step Prayer
I am ready for Your help in removing from me the defects of character
which I now realize are an obstacle to my recovery.
Help me to continue being honest with myself
and guide me toward spiritual and mental health.
Seventh Step Prayer (Page 76 – A.A. Big Book)
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
Eighth Step Prayer
I ask Your help in making my list of all those I have harmed.
I will take responsibility for my mistakes,
and be forgiving to others as You are forgiving to me.
Grant me the willingness to begin my restitution.
This I pray.
Ninth Step Prayer
I pray for the right attitude to make my amends,
being ever mindful not to harm others in the process.
I ask for Your guidance in making indirect amends.
Most important, I will continue to make amends by
staying abstinent, helping others, and growing in spiritual progress.
Tenth Step Prayer
I pray I may continue:
To grow in understanding and effectiveness;
To take daily spot check inventories of myself;
To correct mistakes when I make them;
To take responsibility for my actions;
To be ever aware of my negative and self-defeating attitudes and behaviors;
To keep my willfulness in check;
To always remember I need your help;
To keep love and tolerance of others as my code;
And to continue in daily prayer how I can best serve you, my Higher Power.
Eleventh Step Prayer
As I understand You, I pray to keep my connection with You open and
clear from the confusion of daily life.
Through my prayers and meditation I ask especially for
freedom from self-will, rationalization, and wishful thinking.
I pray for the guidance of correct thought and positive action.
Your will Higher Power, not mine, be done.
Twelfth Step Prayer
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.