The 12-Step Prayers

1st Step Prayer

Dear Lord, 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 my addiction. Study Step 1

7th Step Prayer

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 & my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here to do Your bidding. Study Step 7

 

2nd Step Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know in my heart that only you can restore me to sanity. I humbly ask that you remove all twisted thought and addictive behavior from me this day. Heal my spirit & restore in me a clear mind. Study Step 2

 

8th Step Prayer

Higher Power, I ask Your help in making my list of all those I have harmed. I will take responsibility for my mistakes and be forgiving to others as You are forgiving to me. Grant me the willingness to begin my restitution. This I pray. Study Step 8

3rd Step Prayer

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! Study Step 3

9th Step Prayer

I pray for the right attitude to make my amends, being ever mindful not to harm others in the process. I ask for Your guidance in making indirect amends. Most important, I will continue to make amends by staying abstinent, helping others and growing in spiritual progress. Study Step 9

4th Step Prayer

Dear God, It is I who has made my life a mess. I have done it, but I cannot undo it. My mistakes are mine & I will begin a searching and fearless moral inventory. I will write down my wrongs, but I will also include that which is good. I pray for the strength to complete the task. Study Step 4

 

10th Step Prayer

I pray I may continue: To grow in understanding & effectiveness. To take daily spot check inventories of myself. To correct mistakes when I make them. To take responsibility for my actions. To be ever aware of my negative & self-defeating attitudes and behaviors. To keep my willfulness in check. To always remember I need Your help. To keep love & tolerance of others as my code. And to continue in daily prayer how I can best serve You, My Higher Power. Study Step 10

 

5th Step Prayer

My inventory has shown me who I am, yet I ask for Your help in admitting my wrongs to another person and to You. Assure me, & be with me, in this Step, for without this Step I cannot progress in my recovery. With Your help, I can do this & I will do it. Study Step 5

11th Step Prayer

Higher Power, as I understand You, I pray to keep my connection with You open and clear from the confusion of daily life. Through my prayers & meditation I ask especially for freedom from self-will, rationalization & wishful thinking. I pray for the guidance of correct thought & positive action. Your will, Higher Power, not mine, be done. Study Step 11

 

6th Step Prayer

Dear God, I am ready for Your help in removing from me the defects of character which I now realize are an obstacle to my recovery. Help me to continue being honest with myself & guide me toward spiritual & mental health. Study Step 6

12 Step Prayer

My spiritual awakening continues to unfold. The help I have received I shall pass on & give to others, both in & out of the Fellowship. For this opportunity I am grateful. I pray most humbly to continue walking day by day on the road of spiritual progress. I pray for the inner strength & wisdom to practice the principles of this way of life in all I do & say. I need You, my friends and the program every hour of every day. This is a better way to live. Study Step 12