Step eleven of the twelve step program teaches us that recovery is a daily renewal of our minds, bodies and souls. Without surrendering to God’s Will for our lives it is impossible to have a successful and abstinent day. I tried to live my life in recovery my way for a long time until I finally became exhausted because I kept ending up in the same place: failure! I just said “Ok God You win I give up! Your Will be done not mine!” Now whenever I feel myself getting frustrated it is a warning sign that I am trying to live life on my terms, and so I have to 1. Stop and 2. Simply ask God for His help. Man what humble pie tastes like going down! But the rewards of humility and surrender surely are sweeter than trying to do things alone.
Prayer does not have to be fancy. God wants us to come simply as we are. I often pray “Father, your will be done, not my own. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.” God is a God of hearts.
What is your Step 11 Prayer that you can use throughout the day?
Thank you to The Life Recovery Workbook for the following questions.
A New Hiding Place
2 Samuel 22:1-33
1. How was addiction a hiding place from life for me? Compare this with having God as a hiding place.
2. Describe how I experience “conscious contact” with God:
Thirst for God:
Psalm 27: 1-6
1. What do I most seek from God?
2. What is difficult about trusting God with my requests?
Joy in God’s Presence
1. What keeps me from accepting God’s forgiveness?
2. What scares me about knowledge of God’s will for me?
1. Is my life changing daily? Am I noticing when I am resentful, selfish, dishonest, or afraid today? Identify ways that I am changing:
2. Am I aware of others’ feelings, needs, and rights? What have I noticed today?
Psalm 119: 1-11
1. What am I hiding in my heart–secrets of old behaviors and issues, or God’s Word?
2. List what I can thank God for today:
Isaiah 40: 28-31
1. How does impatience show itself in my attitude and behaviors?
2. Am I impatient about my progress in recovery? Do I expect myself to “get it” the first time? Do I expect perfection?
3. Why is it hard to “trust in the Lord”?
Friends of the Light
1. In what areas of my life am I still afraid to seek God’s will?
2. When I think I am hearing God’s will, whose power do I act on? Am I tempted to do God’s will in my own power?