What Is the Alcoholics Anonymous Prayer?


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The Alcoholics Anonymous prayer is the serenity prayer, which is "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference," states the Huffington Post. The prayer continues with "Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships 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, Amen."

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The Alcoholics Anonymous group prefers to use only the first part of the prayer. Theologian Dr. Reinhold Neibuhr wrote the prayer, according to Alcoholics Anonymous and the Huffington Post. Niebuhr worked as a Professor of Applied Christianity and was a Christian himself. It was discovered by Ruth Hock, the first secretary of Alcoholics Anonymous, and used on the back of prayer cards shortly thereafter. It has since become a common part of the AA meeting.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a group of people that come together to privately and confidentially share their struggles with alcoholism. The alcoholics gain hope, strength and perseverance from one another through regular meetings and through their sponsors.

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