AA Prayers

Alcoholics Anonymous has a variety of prayers outlined in its first 164 pages of the Big Book and in the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions book. Many of these prayers are directly associated with the step on which the AA member is working. This does not necessarily mean you have to be working on this step to use the prayer. Members often say these prayers in the morning, throughout the day, and at night in order to keep a daily contact/connection with the Higher Power of their choosing.

Table of Prayers

First Step Prayer – A reminder to never lose sight of the fact that we are alcoholic. Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic. Even an old timer with years of sobriety, the first step prayer is a reminder to our powerlessness over alcohol.

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Second Step Prayer – A prayer that confirms our belief that a power greater than ourselves can restore our lives to sanity, just for today.

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Third Step Prayer – A text that includes two prayers. In step three (3) we learn about our “me” problem. This prayer helps remove ourselves from our selfish ways and points our will over to God, as we understand him.

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Fourth Step Prayer – A prayer that helps guide our thinking on to others instead of on ourselves. Doing step 4 can be difficult when doing our inventory. Using a fourth step prayer can guide our thinking when in doubt by asking for God’s guidance.

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Fifth Step Prayer – When getting sober, we admit our wrongs and faults to God and another human being. We do this as a way to become honest with ourselves which helps us live life on life’s terms. Use this prayer when you are having difficulty doing your fifth step.

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Sixth Step Prayer – After admitting and being honest about our wrongs in step 5, we can use this prayer when asking God to remove our defects and fill them with His purpose.

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Seventh Step Prayer – A prayer that helps guide us when asking God to use us as a vehicle for his good. It’s an offering to our higher power that He do with us as He wishes. In this prayer, we humbly ask God to remove any and all of our shortcomings.

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Eighth Step Prayer – A prayer that gives strength when preparing to make amends to all the people, places and things we harmed when we lived life on self-will.

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Ninth Step Prayer – Now that we are ready to make direct amends with the people we harmed, this prayer helps us to do the right thing except when it would hurt others. Use this prayer as a reminder to practice kindliness and not to repeat hurtful actions.

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Tenth Step Prayer – A prayer used as a helpful reminder to keep practicing the 12 steps and to incorporate these principles into our lives.

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Eleventh Step Prayer – A prayer that focuses on prayer! A type of prayer that we can keep in our back pocket to remind us to keep in constant contact with God. Step 11 is a never ending step, meaning that we should always keep working on our spiritual way of life through prayer and meditation.

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Twelfth Step Prayer – A prayer that focuses on our mindfulness to carry what we have learned to other alcoholics. We can’t keep our sobriety unless we give it away. Use this prayer when you find yourself needing the motivation to work with others.

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Serenity Prayer – The serenity prayer is typically used at the end of an A.A. meetings. This prayer helps remind us that we are no longer running the show (our lives) and are now letting God work through us.

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Suggested Morning and Evening Prayers

It’s highly recommended to get in the habit of reciting the morning prayer as you wake up and the evening prayer before going to bed.

A Morning Prayer – A prayer that is useful when waking up in the morning, even before getting out of bed. This morning prayer sums up all of the 12 steps in one go by praying about our powerlessness over alcohol and serving others who are still sick.

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An Evening Prayer – A prayer used to reflect on one’s day during the evening or before bed. It’s important to be aware of emotions or feeling that may bring upon a relapse. By questioning our day using this prayer, we can see if we need to take action.

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