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Third Step Prayer Exercise
Here is the Third Step Prayer as stated in the Big Book on page 63:
“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!”
Assignment 1 - The Big Book says right after the Third Step Prayer that, “The wording was, of course, quite optional so long as we expressed the idea, voicing it without reservation.” So try this exercise - Write your own Third Step Prayer from your heart, in your own words.
Assignment 2 – After writing your own Third Step Prayer please do the following: instead of just writing a letter from you TO God, write a letter to yourself FROM God. What do you think God would want to say to you at this time in your life?
Please do these two assignments in a prayerful, meditative way. Your prayer can be read to your sponsor, spiritual advisor, or a friend (expressing the idea, voicing it without reservation) before we say the Big Book’s Third Step Prayer together as a group next week. Please bring these two prayers that you write with you next week and maybe you could share these with the group. Thanks, take it easy & God bless!