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One Day at a Time in Al-Anon:

In Al-Anon we gradually come to realize the important influence that prayer has on our lives. The idea of prayer (how, why, when) calls for some reflection on our part.

If I were to pray: “My will be done,” wouldn’t it be exactly what I am saying when I ask God to do what I want? If I were to receive what I pray for, would it satisfy me and make me really happy? Do I always know what is best for me?

Prayer, then, is not the act of giving directions to God, but to ask to learn His will.

Today’s Reminder:

It should not be so hard for us to accept the obvious fact that few of us know what we really want, and none of us knows what is best for us. That knowledge remains in the hands of God. This is the best reason for limiting our prayers to requests for guidance, for an open mind to receive it, and for courage and confidence to use it.

“I pray to be able to wait patiently for the knowledge of God’s will for me.”

From the book “One Day at a Time in Al-Anon”. © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 1973