The Serenity Prayer
Are you at peace with your past? Are you confident when it comes to taking responsibility for your life? Do you know when to let go or confront something head on? If you answered “no” to any of these than you’ll need the Serenity Prayer on your journey of recovery. Your issues related to control and unhealthy dependencies have created unmanageability throughout your life. The Serenity Prayer assists to neutralize temptation and prevent relapse through your step work.
The Serenity Prayer says, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
You look to the Serenity Prayer for confirmation and affirmation as you work through Recovery Principles 4 through 9 and call on God to reveal Himself in supernatural ways. This prayer commands your attention from the first word, ”God”. No longer living with expectations and dependent upon the things of this corrupt world to meet your needs. It continues, “grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change.“ Why serenity? What is it you feel when it comes to not getting your way, serene? You humbly pray for serenity towards accepting life on life’s terms because your tendency was to experience frustration, rage, resentment or rejection. This was a trigger for you towards acting out and self medicating behaviors which you now pray to avoid. You ask to be at peace in recognizing something that you have no control over.
The facade you’ve hid behind for years may be losing it’s significance at this point in your recovery. In the past, a very false sense of courage was acquired by the things you became addicted to. The Serenity Prayer provides a very real and sustainable means to buoy yourself in taking action with your direct and indirect amends. For this, you go to God and pray for, “The courage to change the things I can”. You have struggled to take responsibility for your life, have a history of bad things happening to you and believe that doom is right around the corner. With this mentality it makes complete sense why you ask God to provide you with courage so you can move towards the things you can change and to do it with integrity.
“Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.” 1Corinthians 3:18
Your intellect is based on worldly wisdom and is limited to and predominantly based on a broken perspective. In 1Corinthians 3:18-23, the apostle, Paul, writing to the Christians in Corinth, wanted the Corinthians to see that their factions were robbing them of God’s greater work. He discusses the difference between worldly wisdom versus godly wisdom. The prayer is for God to provide, ” the wisdom to know the difference.” When your disease is in “active” mode you don’t have a whole lot of wisdom and discernment. In fact, you miss out on everything that God has for you. When you are rooted in God’s word and walk and wait faithfully and joyfully on His answer, He keeps His promise and “lights” the way for you. You are not to waver, but to wait on Him.
Join me next week as we continue the journey of recovery with Recovery Principle 5 – Trust