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Prayers that can be used in ACA meetings

Loving Parent
Dear Loving Parent,
I recognize you,
and I am depending on you
to help me be gentler with myself
and more accepting of myself.
Please challenge me to try if I am apathetic,
but also help me give myself a break
if I judge myself too harshly.
Help me focus on progress rather than perfection.
Thank you.


Higher Power,
Help me to be willing to recognize the Loving Parent inside of me.
Help me integrate my Inner Child more actively into my daily life so that I remain awake spiritually.
Grant me the courage to change the things I can.
Grant me the wisdom of my Inner Child.
Thank you.


Higher Power, remove from me all my defects of character and integrate my survival traits,
which block me from accepting your divine love and
living with true humility toward others.
Renew my strength so that I might help myself and
others along this path of recovery.
Grant me wholeness.
Thank you.


Higher Power, help me returning to my body and
to become fully aware of it.
Help me with finding all the pieces of the puzzle to reconstruct my wholeness.
Thank you.


Higher Power, help me to become my own Loving Parent and
with the of healing from my traumatic childhood.
Teach me how to be a Loving Parent to myself.
Guide me to the child within.
Thank you.


Loving Parent, help me reclaim my childhood innocence and
to live more gently today.
Thank you.


Loving parent, grant me the serenity,
To accept the people I cannot change,
Courage to change the one I can
And wisdom to know that one is me.
Grant me patience for the changes that take time,
An appreciation for all that I have,
A tolerance for those with difference struggles
And the strength to get up and try again
One day at a time.
Thank you.


Loving parent, grant me the serenity,
To accept the people I cannot change,
Courage to change the one I can
And wisdom to know that one is me.
Thank you.


Loving parent, grant me the serenity,
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can
And wisdom to know the difference.
Grant me patience for the changes that take time,
An appreciation for all that I have,
A tolerance for those with difference struggles
And the strength to get up and try again
One day at a time.
Thank you.


Loving parent, grant me the serenity,
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can
And wisdom to know the difference.
Thank you.


Gathered Together
Higher Power, gathered together we find great peace and serenity
We seek hope to become whole as we were created to be.
We find strength to deal with life as we grow in our program.
We trust that as we find courage,
we will feel free and secure.
We are grateful to have the support of our group who understands us.
We believe that your presence in our life will give us all that we need.
We close our meeting with a feeling of belonging and being loved.
Keep Coming Back!!
It works if you work It and
You are Worth It!


Fifth Step Prayer
Divine Creator. Thank you for this chance to speak
honestly with another person about the events of my life.
Help me accept responsibility for my actions.
Let me show compassion for myself and my family
as I revisit my thinking and actions
that have blocked me from your love.
Restore my child within.
Restore my feelings.
Restore my trust in myself.
Amen.
(BRB p. 171)


Seventh Step Prayer – Character Defects
God. I am now ready that you should remove from me all my defects of character,
which block me from accepting your divine love and
living with true
humility toward others.
Renew my strength so that I might help myself and
others along this path of recovery.
“I humbly ask you to:
“Remove my defect of _________ Amen.
(BRB pp.220-221)


Seventh Step Prayer – Laundry List Traits
God. I am now ready that you should
integrate my survival traits, which block
me from accepting your divine love.
Grant me wholeness.
“I humbly ask you to:
“Integrate my trait of . Amen.”
(BRB p. 221)


‘God,
When I look let me truly see.
When I listen let me truly hear.”
(BRB p. 274)


Set Aside Prayer
God, please set aside everything that
I think I know about myself, my brokeness,
my spiritual path and You,
for an open mind and a new experience with myself,
my brokeness, my spiritual path and especially You.
Amen.


Consent Prayer
God, I offer myself to You,
to build with me and
to do with me as You wish.
Relieve me of the bondage of self,
that I may do Your will.
Take away my difficulties,
that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Your Power, Your Love, and Your Way of Life.
May I do Your will always!
Amen.


Transformation Prayer – St. Francis of Assisi
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 despair, 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.


ACA Beautiful Prayer (By Macrina W, Seasons of Your Heart)

God, help me to believe the truth about myself –
no matter how beautiful it is!


Healing
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 that 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.


Fourth Step Prayer
Divine Creator.
Help me to be rigorously honest and
to care for myself during this Fourth Step process.
Let me practice gentleness and
not abandon myself on this spiritual journey.
Help me remember that I have attributes.
(BRB p.171)


We version – Serenity Prayer
God. Grant us the serenity
to accept the things we cannot change,
the courage to change the things we can and
the wisdom to know the difference.


Beyond our wildest dreams.
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 our own.
And, as we join hands,
We find love and understanding
Beyond our wildest dreams.

(Rozanne S, OA 1968)


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