Talking to God – Third Step of 12 Steps

“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!” 

Most of us are familiar with various programs of 12 Steps of Recovery. Regardless of what we are striving to recover from, the principles overlap and can be used universally. Recovery can be from any type of addiction, loss, pain, suffering, love, romance, co-dependency and more.

A key component of all programs of recovery includes a spiritual journey and finding a God of YOUR understanding. Please, let me repeat that notion; YOUR understanding. That’s right, in recovery your spiritual journey means finding a God that makes sense to you and learning to let go of all that is blocking you from finding the serenity and peace that you are seeking and deserving of.

I start everyday thanking the God of my understanding for blessing me with the joy of awakening to a new day and for all the awesome opportunities I will have that I know of and those I don’t know I am going to have. You see, I know today that my God is going to create opportunities for me to grow without my permission! That used to bother me; today it excites me.

As a Rabbi in Addiction Recovery, I know how important it has been for me to have the freedom to find, write, imagine, create, borrow and feel prayer in new and exciting ways. I have printed below prayers that were used in the very early days of Alcoholics Anonymous by different people taking a stab at having a daily God conversation as they could rather than they should. What I say to God is secondary to the fact that I know how valuable it is for me to say something. I can say whatever comes to my heart or mind knowing that my God is always happy to converse with me. Yours will be happy to hear from you as well. Just say hi and God will smile.

I urge you to move beyond the notion that you have to be in a building, in a pew, on your knees, with a book, being told when to stand, sit, kneel, etc. I am not suggesting for a moment that you shouldn’t do that, but that God wants to hear from you always and under any circumstance; not only when you are in a building being told what to do. God is open to you wherever and however you are. 

Dear God,
I’m sorry about the mess I’ve made of my life.
I want to turn away from all the wrong things I’ve ever done and all the wrong things I’ve ever been. Please forgive me for it all.
I know You have the power to change my life. Thank You, God for getting my attention long enough to interest me in trying it Your way.
God, please take over the management of my life and everything about me. I am making this conscious decision to turn my will and my life over to Your care and am asking You to please take over all parts of my life.

Please, God, move into my heart. However You do it is Your business, but make Yourself real inside me and fill my awful emptiness. Fill me with your love and Sacred Spirit and make me know Your will for me.

And now, God, help Yourself to me and keep on doing it. I’m not sure what I want You to do, but do it anyhow.
I rejoice that I am now a part of You, that my uncertainty is gone forever, and that You now have care of my will and my life. Thank You and I praise You. Amen.
 

God, help me today to not put anything into my mind or body that You would not have there. Take all of my relationships in life and make of them what You will. Thy will only be done in their life as well as in mine. And let me know the Truth. Amen. 

If neither of these works for you, create one or more for yourself that does. This is your sacred and personal relationship with a God that has meaning and gives purpose to your life. Speak with your God as you choose!

My prayer for you today is that you find your God/Intellect/Science/Power/Energy and create your own chat room and reap the rewards that will come to you.

 

Hugs and Blessings,
Rabbi Mitch
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