Prayers in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

Prayer Chapter Page
We asked His protection and care with complete abandon. Chapter 5
How It Works
 p. 59
Third Step: 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! Chapter 5
How It Works
 p. 63
Fourth Step: Resentment: We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend.  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”. Chapter 5
How It Works
 p. 67
Fourth StepFear: We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be. Chapter 5
How It Works
 p. 68
Fourth Step: Sex: We asked God to mold our ideals and help us to live up to them. Chapter 5
How It Works
 p. 69
Fourth Step: Sex: In meditation, we ask God what we should do about each specific matter. Chapter 5
How It Works
 p. 69
Fourth Step: Sex: To sum up about sex: We pray for the right ideal, for guidance in each questionable situation, for sanity, and for the strength to do the right thing. Chapter 5
How It Works
 p. 70
Fifth Step: We thank God from the bottom of our heart that we know Him better. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 75
Fifth Step: We ask if we have omitted anything, Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 75
Sixth Step: If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 76
Seventh Step: 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 Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 76
Eight Step: If we haven’t the will to do this, we ask until it comes. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 76
Ninth Step: We ask that we be given strength and direction to do the right thing, no matter what the personal consequences might be. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p.79
Ninth Step: If we have obtained permission, have consulted with others, asked God to help.  Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 80
Ninth Step: Each might pray about it, having the other one’s happiness uppermost in mind. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 82
Ninth Step: So we clean house with the family, asking each morning in meditation that our Creator show us the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 83
Tenth Step: Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear.  When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 84
Tenth StepEveryday is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all our activities.  “How can I best serve Thee—Thy  will (not mine) be done.” Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 85
Eleventh Step: After meditation on the day just completed, we ask God’s forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 86
Eleventh Step: Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 86
Eleventh Step: In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or decision. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 86
Eleventh Step: We usually conclude the period of meditation 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 ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request 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. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 87
Eleventh Step: As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 87
Eleventh Step: We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day, “Thy will be done.” Chapter 6
Into Action
 p. 87 – 88
Twelfth Step: Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. Chapter 11 A Vision for You  p. 164