Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 63
Many times in my alcoholic state, I drank to establish a bond between myself and others, but I succeeded only in establishing the bondage of alcoholic loneliness. Through the A.A. way of life, I have received the gift of bonding—with those who were there before me, with those who are there now, and with those yet to come. For this gracious gift from God, I am forever grateful.
Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Inc.. Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members (Kindle Locations 1734-1738). A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
I was given the gift of bonding. Relationships are what is between me and others. I learned how to bond with other human beings in AA. I was told to use this third step prayer…”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!” Copyright © Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
I use this prayer often. I don’t say it every day but there are times when I may be having difficulties with other people I turn to the Big Book and for some reason I will wind up reading exactly what I need to read/ hear. I am able to establish relationships based on shared feelings, interest or experiences today because I am free of being in my own prison.
24 Hours A Day
A.A. Thought for the Day
“If we are still clinging to something that we will not let go, we must sincerely ask God to help us to be willing to let even that go too. We cannot divide our lives into compartments and keep some for ourselves. We must give all the compartments to God. We must say: 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.” Am I still clinging to something that I will not let go?
Meditation for the Day
The laws of nature cannot be changed and must be obeyed if you are to stay healthy. No exceptions will be made in your case. Submit to the laws of nature or they will finally break you. And in the realm of the spirit, in all human relationships, submit to the moral laws and to the will of God. If you continue to break the laws of honesty, purity, unselfishness and love, you will be broken to some extent yourself. The moral and spiritual laws of God, like the laws of nature, are unbreakable without some disaster. If you are dishonest, impure, selfish and unloving, you will not be living according to the laws of the spirit and you will suffer the consequences.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may submit to the laws of nature and to the laws of God. I pray that I may live in harmony with all the laws of life.
Anonymous. Twenty-Four Hours A Day (p. 98). Martino Fine Books. Kindle Edition.
My Thought… I “Let Go and Let God.” I pray to let go of my own will. I try not to have my ego run my life. All of the apartments in my head belong to God now. God already knew the good, bad and ugly of me. Now I know too and I know he knows…so I ask to all my defects of character removed so that I can remain useful to all others. However, every once in a while I hang onto something I just don’t want to let go of. When it gets bad enough, I pray and ask to have whatever it is removed…and for some reason the burden lessens and more times than not, the burden is removed.
My Meditation… I must remain teachable and honest, pure and loving. If I decide not to abide and live in a way that is appropriate to particular circumstances I will suffer the consequences…
I try to keep my meditations simple…in fact I did quite a bit of meditating today. Went for a hike and shared my intimate thoughts and feelings on a spiritual level with God. Felt really good. Very freeing and made me feel healthier and happier.
My Prayer…This particular prayer above confuses me. So I just say my third step prayer for this day of prayer. Which once again reads, “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!”