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Post Info TOPIC: "Oh, God, help me! If you get me out of this mess, I'll never screw up again."


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Today's thought from Hazelden is:

Trying to pray is praying.
--Anonymous


"Oh, God, help me! If you get me out of this mess, I'll never screw up again." This was our favorite prayer before we entered the Program. We were always bargaining with God.

We have learned new prayers and a new way to talk and listen to our Higher Power. We are seeking God's will for us. Many of us had to learn how to pray. We began with very simple prayers: "Thank you, God, for helping me today."

We learn that prayer helps us with our faulty dependence on people, places, and things by giving us the insight and strength to rearrange our priorities. Prayer doesn't change God, but it changes those who pray.

Today in my prayers, I will seek my Higher Power's will for me. I no longer bargain with God


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Foxhole Prayers,,,,,I believe God hears them and keeps them in perspective!!!smile

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Thanks, Larry.
Yes, I prayed in the past for God to hear my request and deliver.  It was prayer for MY finite expectations.  Today, with the help of the AA program I pray for him to reveal more of HIS will for me and acceptance of his will for me. 

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Prayers sure do change with time, this is true. My prayers lately are just telling God how I honestly FEEL and think.... from the heart... even when it is selfish, and silly, or even destructive... I tell Him my thoughts (which my HP already knows).... but I find it is the best way for me to grow in intimacy with my HP as I never could before. I am not trying to be Holier Than Thou with my God. I am not trying to "show him my best side" or be intellectual with him, which I did for years, because I didn't know any other way.

Prayers like, "God, I just don't CARE today.... and I WANT to be lazy and rebellious... help me to CARE about this today....." are really helpful as of late. This is just where I'm at right now.

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OH YES!!! - I remember it well

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I remember my early days in recovery...

I would turn my life and will over to the care of God, followed by outlining my "to-do" list, and seeking cooperation.

It took me a while to realize that God doesn't need me to itemize what needs to be done in me or around me.

Today, I turn it all over to my HP's "care", and I'm never disappointed.  I like the 2nd to last paragraph of "Bill's Story" in the big book...

"Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish."

John



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