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"To us, the Realm of the Spirit is broad, roomy, all-inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek....When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God. This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book. Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking what they mean to you."
[from Alcoholics Anonymous. Chapter 4, "We Agnostics," pp. 46-47]

Serenity Prayer (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 41)

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done."

[In general usage, the final sentence is often omitted.]


Third Step Prayer (Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book," page 63)

"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 (Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book," page 76)

"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."


Tenth Step Prayer (Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book," page 85)

"How can I best serve Thee -- Thy will (not mine) be done."


Eleventh Step Prayer (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 99)

"Lord, make me a channel of thy peace --
  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."