Sought through Prayer and Meditation

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood H im, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”

The section on Step Eleven covers:

  • Resistance to prayer and meditation
  • Prayer and meditation provide spiritual nourishment
  • How to begin with meditation-consider a well-known prayer
  • Meditation helps envision your spiritual objective
  • Improves conscious contact with God, God’s grace, wisdom, and love
  • Practical benefit is emotional balance
  • Prayer is raising the heart and mind to God
  • “Knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”
  • Thy will, not mine, be done
  • Thoughts that seem to come from God
  • Presumption of God’s will for others
  • God moves in mysterious ways
  • Prayer is sometimes very difficult
  • Sense of belonging comes from prayer and meditation

Other Thoughts

Step Eleven calls attention to the need to nurture your contact with your Higher Power or Program on a daily basis. This happens through prayer and meditation (see that module).

It is important to remember that whatever your situation in life, there is important work to be done. You can fulfill the purpose that God, your Higher Power, Program, or fate has for you. Think of the spirit of a wheelchair athlete, who instead of becoming bitter and of no use to himself or anyone else, says “I can’t run -- but I can race!”

Step Eleven, see also: Beliefs, Control, Grace, Gratitude, Guilt & shame, Habit & structure, Higher Power, Magical thinking, Prayer & meditation, Program, Relapse & prevention, Relaxation, Serenity, Spiritual aspects, Spirituality, Step Ten, Step Twelve, Surrender.

Updated 11 Sep 2015

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