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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Common 12 Step Recovery Prayers And Quotes

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1st 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 addiction.

3rd Step Prayer – AA step 3 prayer and acceptance prayer aa

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 3rd step prayer

3rd Step Prayer –  NA

Take my will & my life, Guide me in my recovery, Show me how to live. Pg. 26 NA Basic Text aa 3rd step prayer 

4th Step Prayer (Sick Man’s Prayer) – AA

When a person offended we said to ourselves,
“This is a sick man.
How can I be helpful to him?
God save me from being angry.
Thy will be done.”

7th Step Prayer – AA

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 – Pg. 76 AA Big Book 7th Step Prayer AA

Step 11 – AA

Suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. AA morning prayer

  • Morning – Before we begin our day, “we ask god to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives”. Pg. 86 AA Big Book
  • Morning – In thinking about our day, “We ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or decision”. Pg. 86 AA Big Book 11th step prayer
  • Morning- We usually conclude the period of mediation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems. We especially ask for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no requests for ourselves only We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. We are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends. Pg. 87 AA Big Book
  • Evening – After mediation on the day just completed, “We ask God’s forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken”. Pg. 86 AA Big Book aa night prayer
  • All Day As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. Pg. 87 – 88 AA Big Book

 Step 12 – AA & NA

  • Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come IF your own house is in order. Pg. 164 AA Big Book
  • Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out. Pg.59 AA Big Book, Pg.49 NA Basic Text

The OA Promise (also known as Rozanne’s Prayer and the Unity Prayer) – OA

I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness, no longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours, and as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams. overeaters anonymous prayers

Acceptance Prayer – AA & NA

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.

The Recovery Prayer -NA

“We cannot change the nature of the addict or addiction. We can help to change the old lie “Once an addict, always an addict,” by striving to make recovery more available. God, help us to remember this difference.”AA morning meditation

The Literature Prayer – NA

“GOD, grant us knowledge that we may write according to Your Divine precepts. Instill in us a sense of Your purpose. Make us servants of Your will and grant us a bond of selflessness, that this may truly be Your work, not ours-in order that no addict, anywhere, need die from the horrors of addiction.”

The Just For Today Prayer – NA

  • Just For Today my thoughts will be on my recovery, living and enjoying life without the use of drugs.
  • Just For Today I will have faith in someone in N.A. who believes in me and wants to help me in my recovery.
  • Just For Today I will have a program. I will try to follow it to the best of my ability.
  • Just For Today through N.A. I will try to get a better perspective on my life.
  • Just For Today I will be unafraid, my thoughts will be on my new associations, people who are not using and who have found a new way of life. So long as I follow that way, I have nothing to fear

The Trust Prayer – AA & NA

“Higher Power, I’ve learned to trust your guidance, yet I still have my own ideas about how I want to live my life. Let me share those ideas with you, and then let me clearly understand your will for me. In the end, let your will, not mine, be done.”

The Gratitude Prayer – NA

“I’ve recovered something I never had, something I never imagined possible: the life of a recovering addict. Thank you, Higher Power, in more than words can say.”

The Self-Acceptance Prayer – AA & NA

“Higher Power, help me live in accordance with spiritual principles. Only then can I approve of myself.”

The Acceptance Prayer – AA & NA serenity prayer

“Higher Power, grant me the wisdom to know the difference between what can be changed and what I must accept. Please help me gratefully accept the life I’ve been given.”

The Patience Prayer – AA & NA

“Higher Power, help me discover what’s most important in my life. Help me learn patience, so that I can devote my resources to the important things.”

The Set Aside Prayer – AA

Dear God,
please set aside everything I think I know
about myself, this book, my disease, these steps,
and especially about you dear God
so that I might have an open mind And a new experience
with all these things.
Please help me to see the truth.

St Francis Prayer – AA

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.prayer for healing and recovery 

“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, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” Amen.

Let Gratitude Be Your Attitude

  • Every day of your life is a gift from God.
  • Don’t squander it.
  • Don’t waste it by being angry with anyone.
  • Don’t let it slip away by feeling sorry for yourself.
  • Be grateful for this precious gift of life and spend it by being as happy and as thankful as you possibly can
  • Let your mind dwell on the good things which have happened to you.
  • Let gratitude be your attitude.
  • Think of your assets, and don’t let anyone else spoil your day for you.
  • Enjoy every day of your life to the fullest.
  • Realize that you can add to the joy of each day by making someone else happy.

Recovery Prayer

God, help me to accept other people as they are. Recognize my own feelings, meet my own needs and learn to love myself just as I am

Footprints Prayer

One night I had a dream…

I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.

I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the
most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.

Lords Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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NA 12 Principles


Spiritual Principles Of Narcotics Anonymous

Once we find the N.A. way, boredom and complacency have no place in our new life. By staying clean, we begin to practice spiritual principles such as hope, surrender, acceptance, honesty, open-mindedness, willingness, faith, tolerance, patience, humility, unconditional love, sharing and caring. As our recovery progresses, spiritual principles touch every area of our lives, because we simply live this program in the here and now.  Basic Text page 50. Copyright (c) 2007-2019, NA World Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Recovery begins when we start to apply the spiritual principles contained in the Twelve Steps of NA to all areas of our lives

NA 12 Principles

1. Hope gives us something positive to look for and move towards. We can admit our need for help as we begin to share in our common welfare.

2. Surrender to the things we cannot change through our own power is a way to get on with our lives. We seek a Higher Power of our own understanding and that becomes our ultimate guide and source of strength.

3. Acceptance allows evasion and denial to give way to reality and peace. With the care of God, we are granted the power to welcome new people and new ideas into our lives.

4. Honesty is the ability to match up our insides with our outsides. It allows what we don’t care about to go away and what we really want to appear and develop in our lives.

5. Open mindedness is our bridge to the experience of others. It is the passageway out of loneliness into the life of the Spirit.spiritual principles of na

6. Willingness to try is the beginning of doing our part. However grand or humble that might be, it is a state of readiness replacing depression and anxiety.

7. Faith is the evidence of our trust in God. True faith is the result of surrender coupled with experience that God can and will do for us if we ask for spiritual principles

8. Tolerance is knowing the other person has the same spirit in them as us and being curious about what that spirit is trying to do.

9. Patience is taking time for things to move into place without force or breakage.

10. Humility is knowing the importance of doing our part well and being open to the many forms of help required for a full and abundant life.

11. Unconditional love is given where we sense our spirit in another human being.

12. Sharing and caring is the active and passive forms of love that keeps us alive and allowing God to use us as instruments.


“Narcotics Anonymous is not a religious organization and does not mandate any particular belief system. It does teach basic spiritual principles such as honesty, open mindedness, faith, willingness, and humility that may be applied in everyday life. The specific practical application of spiritual principles is determined by each individual. Recovery in NA is not a miracle cure that happens within a given period of time. It is a process, ongoing and personal. Members make an individual decision to join and recover at their own pace.”(“About Us”  NA World Services Inc ) spiritual principles of NA

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