As part of our sustained recovery and abstinence from compulsive eating, the 11th Step asks us to “[Seek] through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”
OA members will seek a connection with a power greater than themselves, no matter how this power is defined – some will call their Higher Powers, “God” while others have a different definition. This connection develops spiritual recovery, which supports emotional and physical recovery from the disease of compulsive eating. Many members use these prayers, among others:
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.
The OA Promise
I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness, no longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours, and as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.
3rd Step Prayer
(from the AA Big Book, page 63)
God, I offer myself to thee-to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.
May I do Thy will always.
7th Step Prayer
(from the AA Big Book, page 76)
My Creator, I am now willing that You should have all of Me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to You and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do Your bidding.
11th Step Prayer / Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
(from the AA Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Book, page 99)
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace
that where there is hatred, I may bring love
…that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness
…that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
…that where there is error, I may bring truth
…that where there is doubt, I may bring faith
…that where there is despair, I may bring hope
…that where there are shadows, I may bring light
…that 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. Amen.