Prayer of Surrender

“God, I offer myself to Thee
To build with me & 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 & Thy way of life.
May I do Thy will always!”

This is the 3rd step prayer used in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and printed in the Big Book. It’s simple, yet it says so much. A.A. saved my life. I am so very grateful for those old-timers, who, all those years ago sat around a table and committed to saving as many drunks as they could. The key is turning our will and life over to God. It’s simple though far from easy. There is quite a journey ahead of us, but thankfully our only focus is today, where our feet are. We will not project into the future and we will discontinue flailing in the past. Our eyes are set here, now, where God is.

7 thoughts on “Prayer of Surrender

  1. When new to AA, I heard many times “Just don’t drink and everything will work out okay”. It was very hard to understand that or believe it. Today with over 40 years of sobriety, I can tell you that its that simple; just by not drinking, attending meetings and sharing with others in AA my problems or fears, my life changed. I am going to be tested this month for breast cancer (March 2019) and I’m afraid; however, many women are giving me the strength to go through this, and I truly believe sobriety is enough. If it’s my time to go, so be it. I trust God and the program enough to know everything will turn out to be just fine. I can befriended on Facebook anytime, under my name Pam Hemphill. God bless you.

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  3. I am my own worst enemy any day of the week. Sometimes I bind myself because I am not willing to look for the way out provided. Other times I am just lazy. I know I have to give control up each day. I have to rely on God to help me be what I need to be.

    I recently read a great story on Bill Wilson who started A. A.

    • I can relate to that!
      Bill W. was a wise man and I am forever grateful for his investment in the lives of others whom he would never meet.

  4. OH did I struggle with this one. One day my sponsor said, “turning your life and will over does NOT mean telling God what you want to happen with your life and then expecting God to do it.” Really? You mean I have to give up control? And then you want me to trust God on top of that? It took time and I still don’t do it right every day. You are so right, Joy. It is simple, but far from easy. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Hi Friend.
      Yes, I too had trouble giving up control. Partially because I didn’t think I had a problem with control…
      This is now one of my favorite and most cherished prayers and quite fitting for what I’m walking through in the moment. Thank you for reading and commenting and using your experience, strength and hope to be an encouragement to me.

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