The Twelve Step Prayer Book: A Collection of Favorite 12 Step Prayers and Inspirational Readings, 2nd Edition


Wherever you are on your recovery journey, and however you define your Higher Power, you will find spiritual support in this special collection of prayers and inspirational readings.

This second edition of The 12 Step Prayer Book features 183 passages gleaned from Twelve Step meetings and adapted from common prayers and devotions. It includes

44 new prayers and readingsA guide for daily readingtraditional and ...

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Wherever you are on your recovery journey, and however you define your Higher Power, you will find spiritual support in this special collection of prayers and inspirational readings.

This second edition of The 12 Step Prayer Book features 183 passages gleaned from Twelve Step meetings and adapted from common prayers and devotions. It includes

44 new prayers and readingsA guide for daily readingtraditional and best-loved recovery prayers, andStep and meeting prayers.
This book is an excellent accompaniment to Easy Does It: A Book of Daily Twelve Step Meditations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592850952
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 381,775
  • Product dimensions: 4.02 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Prayer is seeking answers and direction in life. Meditation is listening for answers from a Higher Power and developing the faith within us to accept these answers. Reflection is the study of ways to change the answers we get from prayer and meditation into action.

This second volume of prayers and inspirational readings was written and compiled to assist all Twelve Step Fellowship members with their prayer life and spiritual progress.

Those who are just beginning a life of recovery will find help by working the Eleventh Step. Those who have time in the Program will find a deepening of their spiritual life. Anyone who has trouble finding the "right words" to speak with his or her Higher Power may find exactly what he or she wants to say in one of these prayers.

The suggestion in the Eleventh Step—"sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him"—asks us to improve our prayer and meditation life. May these prayers help you improve your spiritual progress.

This book, as with volume 1 of The 12 Step Prayer Book, is a companion to the meditation book Easy Does It: A Book of Daily Twelve Step Meditations.

Many members have learned, through times of quiet reflection, to work into their recovery life the answers their Higher Power has given them as a result of their active practice of prayer and meditation.


I've Found a Reason

Dear God, as long as my life was preoccupied with my own problems, my own unwillingness and dark moods, I was critical, insensitive, rigid, and defiant. But when I honestly faced my defects and failures and the worst was known and surrendered to You, the whole nature of living changed. I am no longer the emotional center of all things and no longer take everything as personal to myself. I've found a reason for all the suffering through which I have passed. It is to be used in understanding and helping others. Out of darkness comes light.


Happy, Joyous, and Free

I am sure You want me to be happy, joyous, and free.

With Your help I will no longer believe that life has no meaning and is filled with sorrow.

You, the Twelve Steps, and our Fellowship have shown me I made my own misery. You didn't do it.

I pray I will avoid the deliberate manufacture of misery.

But if trouble comes, I will cheerfully make it an opportunity to demonstrate Your wisdom and power.

Adapted from material in Alcoholics Anonymous, Fourth Edition, page 133


Life Is a Gift

Thank you, God. May I remember during periods of depression,

The many times in my life when things do seem right, when I have those moments of clarity,

When I feel there is hope, when the sun shines down on me and warms my face, when Your love warms my heart.

I am reminded that life is a gift . . . this I pray.


Thanksgiving Prayer—Native American

Great and Eternal Mystery of Life,

Creator of All Things, I give thanks for

the beauty You put in every single one of

Your creations.

I am grateful that You did not fail in

making every stone, plant, creature, and

human being a perfect and whole part of

the Sacred Hoop.

I am grateful that You have allowed me

to see the strength and beauty of

All My Relations.

My humble request is that all of the

children of Earth will learn to see the

same perfection themselves.

May none of Your human children doubt

or question Your wisdom, grace, and

sense of wholeness in giving all of

Creation a right to be living extensions

of Your perfect love.


Where There Is Charity and Wisdom

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor annoyance.

Where there is love and joy, there is neither greed nor selfishness.

Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.

by St. Francis of Assisi

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Table of Contents

Introduction xv
Guide for Daily Reading xvii
1 Serenity Prayer 1
2 The Lord's Prayer 1
3 Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi 2
4 Today's Thought 3
5 Sanskrit Proverb 3
6 To Be Prayer 4
7 Prayer for the Hurried 4
8 For Another Day 5
9 The 23rd-1/2 Psalm 6
10 This I Believe 7
11 No Greater Power 8
12 The Beatitudes 9
13 The Tolerance Prayer 9
14 A Beginner's Prayer 10
15 God, Help Me Live Today 11
16 O God of Our Understanding 12
17 The Acceptance Prayer 13
18 The Twelve Steps Prayer 14
19 The Victims of Addiction 15
20 God's Answer 16
21 Every Morning 17
22 Sobriety Prayer 17
23 Fellow Travelers 18
24 My First Prayer 19
25 Possibilities Prayer 19
26 Enough to Need 20
27 The Gifts I Ask 20
28 Peace in God's Will 21
29 For Those Who Have Relapsed 21
30 Thank You, God 22
31 Humility Prayer 22
32 My Daily Prayer 23
33 Lord, I'm Hurting 24
34 The Right Road 25
35 O Great Spirit 26
36 A Prayer for Tolerance 27
37 Changes 27
38 Take Time 28
39 Life is a Celebration 29
40 Language of the Heart 30
41 Am I Willing? 31
42 The Way 32
43 On Awakening 32
44 A Morning Prayer 33
45 Who, Me? 34
46 Let Go, Let God 34
47 As I Think 35
48 I Cannot Pray 36
49 Lead Me and Guide Me 37
50 The Universal Prayer 38
51 Reliance on God 39
52 Sailor's Prayer 39
53 An Irish Blessing 39
54 First Things First 40
55 Open Mind 40
56 Do the Right Thing 41
57 Run the Race 41
58 True Power 42
59 Prayer for Protection 42
60 The Gratitude Prayer 43
61 No Other 44
62 All That We Ought 44
63 Love 45
64 Help Me Remember 46
65 The Twelve Rewards 46
66 New Day 47
67 Release Me 48
68 Please, Lord 49
69 My Prayer for You 49
70 Self-Respect Prayer 50
71 Do It Now 51
72 To Change 51
73 Unselfishness Prayer 52
74 Light a Candle 52
75 What Is Best 53
76 Prayer for Healing 53
77 Things to Give 54
78 Your Gift 55
79 I Promise Myself! 55
80 My Worth 56
81 Right Living 57
82 Against Temptations 57
83 Prayer to Know 58
84 Recovery Prayer 59
85 Kindness and Service 59
86 Make Me 60
87 Guide Me 61
88 Anniversary Prayer 61
89 To Be Honest 62
90 Teach Me 62
91 The Fellowship Prayer 63
Step and Meeting Prayers
92 First Step Prayer 65
93 Second Step Prayer 65
94 Third Step Prayer 66
95 Fourth Step Prayer 66
96 Fifth Step Prayer 67
97 Sixth Step Prayer 67
98 Seventh Step Prayer 68
99 Eighth Step Prayer 68
100 Ninth Step Prayer 69
101 Tenth Step Prayer 69
102 Eleventh Step Prayer 70
103 Twelfth Step Prayer 70
104 Meeting Prayer 71
105 Meeting Prayer No. 2 71
106 Meeting Prayer No. 3 72
Inspirational Readings
107 Amazing Grace 73
108 High Flight 74
109 Search for Serenity 74
110 Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow 76
111 Just for Today 77
112 Footprints 78
113 Desiderata 79
114 Letting Go 81
115 The Letter 82
116 Live a Little, Just to Please 83
117 I Am Me 84
118 Don't Quit 85
119 My Medallion 86
120 I Didn't Have Time 88
121 Someone Does Care 89
122 Resent Somebody 89
123 Living the Way We Pray 90
124 Love Is 91
125 Happiness 92
126 My Bill of Rights 93
127 Walk with Me 93
128 It Shows in Your Face 94
129 The Touch of the Master's Hand 95
130 When Seeking God 96
131 One Day at a Time 97
132 Risk 97
133 Thy Will Be Done 98
134 Comes the Dawn 99
135 God's Presence 100
136 Time Somebody Told Me 101
137 Rejecting Rejection 102
138 The Peace of Meditation 103
139 The Bike Ride 104
New Prayers and Readings
140 This Day 107
141 The Great Reality 107
142 The Morning Light 108
143 Rest 108
144 One More Day 109
145 Our True Home 109
146 Blessing for Partners (Apache Blessing) 110
147 Who Are You to Say There Is No God? 111
148 Our Possessions 112
149 Serene Days 113
150 Dwell in My Heart 113
151 For Families Torn by Addiction 114
152 Wesley P.'s Prayer 115
153 Set Aside Prayer 115
154 Usefulness Prayer 116
155 Prayer During Turmoil 116
156 Next Right Step 117
157 Mychal's Prayer 117
158 Free of Resentment Prayer 118
159 The Fear Prayer 118
160 Cleveland AA Prayer, 1941 119
161 In Fellowship 120
162 Surrender Prayer (Oxford Group, 1934) 120
163 Right Living 121
164 Peace in Our Hearts 121
165 Our Meeting Room Door 122
166 Honest and Sincere 122
167 Wedding Blessing 123
168 No Fear 124
169 Kindness Prayer 125
170 Eleventh Step Meeting Opening Prayer 126
171 Paul D.'s Prayer 127
172 No Standing Still 128
173 The Gift of Humility 129
174 My Design 129
175 Darkness to Light 130
176 Consciousness of God 130
177 Empty Out 131
178 Dick B.'s Prayer 131
179 Heart of a Child 133
180 Karen C.'s Prayer 134
181 Free from Fear 134
182 Searcy W.'s Prayer 135
183 Blessed Mother Teresa's Prayer 136
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