Alcoholism and the Eleventh Step in Alanon
Think About Why You Prayer
What is the Alanon 11th Step?
As you come to the end of your first round of working the Alanon Twelve Steps, you will begin to realize that these steps are not something that you do once, and then forget. The steps become a part of everything we do and say the rest of our lives. Part of our new life is including prayer and meditation in our day to day living.
The exact wording of the Alanon Eleventh Step is: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us the power to carry that out.
This is not just something we do with regard to the alcoholics or addicts in our lives. It is something we do all the time. It is the way we handle all the stressful, difficult situations we encounter. It is one of the ways we learn to practice the Al-anon slogans, such as "Let Go and Let God."
Remember: Your definition of God can be however you understand him, regardless of what religion you follow, and even if you do not practice any particular religion. God, as you understand him, can be "the universe, a female, nature, or whatever higher power you feel comfortable with."
Ask for Knowledge of God's Will
An important aspect of this step is that we do not pray for God to take specific actions that will please us. In other words, the temptation is great to ask God to make someone stop drinking, or to fix other problems that we have. However, in the Eleventh Step prayer, we only pray that God makes His will clear to us.
Frequently when we pray, there is that something that is going on in our lives, or an issue that we must deal with. We may want God to remove these problems from us, and eventually He might. Meanwhile, while we wait, we sometimes need to accept that dealing with these problems may be part of God’s will for us. If someone we love continues to drink, then learning to accept the situation may be God’s will.
Ask for the Power to Carry out God's Will
The other part of the Alanon Eleventh Step is to ask for the strength or power to do what we need to do. Sometimes life can be so overwhelming that it seems as though we can barely get out of bed in the morning. There may be times when we feel that we cannot go on.
However, if we ask for God to give us the power to carry on, He will. He may not change our circumstances, but He will give us the power to work our way through them. Trust Him, and turn your will and your life over to His care, and you will discover that you are more capable and stronger than you ever realized.
Learn More About all the 12 Steps of Alanon
This book will help you learn more about all the 12 Steps of Alanon. This program will benefit you more if you understand how the program can work in your life.