A.A. Prayers

Serenity Prayer

“God,
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And wisdom to know the difference”

Responsibility Statement

I am responsible..
When anyone, anywhere,
reaches out for help, I want
the hand of A.A. always to be there.
And for that: I am responsible.

Oh Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I together can’t handle.

Also known as “The Responsibility Pledge of Alcoholics Anonymous,” the Responsibility Declaration was first introduced in July 1965 at the 30th Anniversary International Convention in Toronto, Canada.

Third Step Prayer – Page 63 of the 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!”

Seventh Step Prayer – Page 76 of the 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.”

Eleventh Step Prayer – Page 99 of the 12×12

“Lord, make me a channel of thy peace—that where there is hatred, I may bring love—that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness—that where there is discord, I may bring harmony—that where there is error, I may bring truth—that where there is doubt, I may bring faith—that where there is dispair, I may bring hope—that where there are shadows, I may bring light—that where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted—to understand, than to be understood—to love, than to be loved. For it is by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. Amen.”