Third Step Prayer

It isn’t fully clear who first wrote the Third Step Prayer. Many people have attributed it to either Bill W. or Dr. Bob, the co-founders of AA in the early 1900s. Both the step and the prayer are important statements about seeking a right relationship with God. They emphasize submission and moving toward selflessness, two traits that every believer will benefit from developing. So, becoming familiar with this prayer can be a blessing for anyone, in recovery or not, who wants to grow into maturity.

I have found the people act according to what they believe. Developing a belief system that works under any and all circumstances and is not dependent how how you feel takes practice. I started with the Third Step Prayer and incorporated it and others in “My Belief System”. I also incorporated the belief that “God is doing
for us what we could not do for ourselves”. Having said that, I have had a few what I call Ah Hah life challenges that presented a opportunity to practice what I believe. So when a Ah Hah moment arrives, I surmise that God has looked at the situation and determined that I can handle it, otherwise He would be doing it. So then I do – because I Believe it. This belief helped me become a “Doer” instead of a “Tryer”.

I stopped using the word “Bad” when someone asked about my day. Now all days are good, some are just more comfortable than others. Problems have become opportunity’s for me to learn and/or practice my beliefs. I am honored to be involved in the lives of so many – because I believe this is God’s Will for me.

All of us have beliefs about ourselves, others, the world and God. Some of these are based in truth, some in half-truths and others pure nonsense. By applying the 12 steps of AA towards our daily lives, we will better understand our beliefs and will have the freedom to live a life free of bondage. We Do Recover!

AA Third Step Prayer

God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and 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! – Pg. 63 AA Big Book


When we’ve taken steps one and two we have learned and accepted that our lives are unmanageable, we are alcoholics and a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity.

What if we were to surrender the manageability part? We can surrender a lifetime of self-will run amok by making the decision to turn it all over to a Higher Power and allow someone and something to care for us. We can stop wearing ourselves out trying to make and force everything to happen as if we were in charge of everything in the world.

Recovery is a spiritual process and step three is when the doors of hope, faith and trust are opened allowing us to once again take a deep breath and feel the serenity: a gift of sobriety. The essence of step three is turning over your will, getting out of the way, and being restored to reality, honesty, balance and peace of mind. Let Go And Let God!The third step prayer is one of many AA Big Book prayers and AA Step prayers.

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