Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only

Step 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out.

Principle - Spirituality

Prayer is talking to our Higher Power, asking for someone else.  Meditation is listening to a Higher Power's directions for us.


Talk to our Higher Power.

Listen for the miracle.

Hear with your heart.

Feel with your soul.

Life on Life's terms.

One day at a time.

Take it easy.

A prayer we can say is:

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace
Where there is hatred, I may bring love
Where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness
Where there is discord, I may bring harmony
Where there is error, I may bring truth
Where there is doubt, I may bring faith
Where there is despair, I may bring hope
Where there are shadows, I may bring light
Where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

And the Serenity Prayer: "GOD, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living ONE DAY AT A TIME; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next."

a) At the end of every week, schedule some time for yourself. Spend some time thinking about what happened in your life over the past week. List the incidents and situations when you have sought (or should have sought) through to improve your conscious contact with your Higher Power.

b) Describe the various forms of prayer and meditation you have used.

c) Describe any positive results you have had through prayer and meditation.

d) Write these down in a journal, so you can use them to check you progress, and also to be reminded at how you are doing.

Working guide for Step 11. Read and share your story about Step 11 here:  Step 11