Day 28 – 12.21.14
Final preparation for step 3, which you will take together with your sponsor when you are ready to move on in the step process. Prayerfully consider these points as key aspects of your step 3 decision and commitment to Trust in God:
- Remaining abstinent with patience and faith while waiting upon the Lord for deliverance.
- Continuing in daily prayer and scripture study.
- Continuing with regular meeting attendance.
- Launching into the action of step 4, following the schedule outlined by your sponsor.
- Ongoing progress in worthiness and church activity.
- Seeing the step process through.
- Showing gratitude to the Lord by giving back to the program through step 12, and sponsoring others when the time comes.
- Any other aspects of your recovery and repentance process you feel prompted to include.
With each of these points in mind, craft a prayer that expresses your desire, willingness, and intent to follow through with these specific actions as a result of taking step 3. You and your sponsor will kneel together as you read your prayer. Think well as you prepare to take this step and make this commitment to the Lord.
Heavenly Father, first and foremost, I’m so grateful to be where I am today in recovery. I’m grateful that, through the Atonement of Christ, I’m able to live today in recovery from my addictions. I’m grateful to feel a change of heart in my appetites and overall desires. I’m grateful to feel I’m in the process of being forgiven for my terrible choices. I’m grateful that I’m coming to understand more how the Atonement can work for me in the moment of temptation.
Heavenly Father, I’m committed to recovery from my addictions. I don’t want to invite the “carnal Nate” back into my life at all. As I work on remaining abstinent, I pray that I can have patience and faith necessary to be my best self and not doubt.
I pray that my desires to pray, both in the moment of temptation and in the morning and at night, will continue. I pray that I will “feast upon the words of Christ.” I know they will tell me all things what I should do. Please help me make the time to do these simple yet powerful things.
I’m grateful for the 12 step program. I commit to continuing to go to the meeting, to potentially become a facilitator, and to befriend those that would like a friend in recovery. I commit to continuing to attend on a regular basis.
Heavenly Father, I look forward to step 4. Honestly, I’m a little nervous about it, especially since I’ve gone through this step two times in the past. I don’t know how excited I am to have to go through all the details I’ve written out in the past. But, I’m willing to do whatever I need to do to help myself in addiction recovery and healing.
I look forward to working on the other steps too and being consistent in my recovery work. I appreciate the time my sponsor is taking to be there as someone to report to. I look forward to doing the same at some time in my recovery process.
Heavenly Father, I pray that thou will continue to help me commit to looking at all people from the chin up and avoiding lust in all its forms. I’m grateful for this desire. I’m grateful to have buried my weapons of war: social media in all its forms, watching TV, and anything else that invites me back into addictive behaviors that will lead to addictive actions.
Please continue to help me in recovery so that I will be worthy to be with my wife and family for eternity.
I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.