“Prayer is the only means of truly opening my mind and spirit …” For Today p. 7
For several years I have begun my day by mentally reciting the first three Steps, the Third Step Prayer and the Seventh Step Prayer.
In the last year or so, I have been led to “improve my conscious contact” with my Higher Power and these prayers have no longer seemed to be enough. I have studied program literature written by members who have sought a spiritual path. I have listened to guided meditation tapes with a spiritual theme. And like the Big Book suggest, I have sought the wisdom of ministers and other truly religious people. Recently I heard a lesson on what is often described as “The Model Prayer”.
As l listened, I saw that The Model Prayer encompassed the important concepts of the 12 Step Programs. I began to think about this prayer as a true model. In my own words I began to pray:
Just for today grant me the gift of abstinence.
Remove my defects of character.
Release me from the resentment towards those who have hurt me.
Grant me the courage to make my amends.
Free me from the temptations of my disease as I strive to do your will.