Prayer is the foundation for recovery. It is how I try to start and end every day. Prayer keeps me humble, reminds me that I am powerless on my own, but powerful when connected to Jesus Christ. Regular prayer keeps me at peace, more confident in my recovery and of greater use to others. It is paramount that my thoughts and attention are focused less on “me” and more on Christ, or, has John the Baptist so eloquently put it, “No one can receive anything unless given him from heaven… He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:27,30).
Praying, especially for others, also connects me spiritually to those around me. Prayer keeps my feet firmly on the ground but allows my spirit to soar. If I keep prayer central in my life I can seek and understand God’s will for me more fully and act accordingly.
The following is a prayer I use to start the day (borrowed from Forward Movement):
Give me strength to live another day;
Let me turn coward before its difficulties, or prove recreant to its duties;
Let me not lose faith in other people;
Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, and meanness;
Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them;
Help me to keep my heart clean and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity;
Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things;
Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls; in the name of the strong deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
What prayers do you use to start or end your day?