The Serenity Prayer and 12-Step Recovery Programs

Members of many 12-step programs have enthusiastically embraced the Serenity Prayer, almost from the moment they discovered it. In fact, these words are heard in most AA meetings and widely taken as a succinct statement of a path to sanity and sobriety. The Serenity Prayer meshes perfectly with the spirituality of AA’s Twelve Steps. And, although the origin is thought to be Christian, the Serenity Prayer is applicable to your daily life regardless of religion or spiritual belief system. There are several versions of the Serenity Prayer, each with slightly different wording that support groups have adopted. The full Serenity Prayer text has stronger religious overtones.

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Serenity Prayer

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.

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(full version)

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. 

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  

things right If I surrender to His Will. So that I may be  

reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy  

with Him forever and ever in the next. Amen

This prayer is one that we are all familiar with and that we have most likely come in contact with. It is something that gives many people peace, and that really does help to make you feel better and to refocus your energy.

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There are conflicting accounts of the prayer’s origin. The Serenity Prayer has been variously attributed to an ancient Sanskrit text, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Francis of Assisi and others. Many AA members were first exposed to the prayer in 1948, when it was quoted in the Grapevine, an AA periodical. There it was credited to American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971). The Serenity Prayer spread both through Niebuhr’s sermons and church groups in the 1930s and 1940s and was later adopted and popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step programs.


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Why is the Serenity Prayer Used in Recovery?

To be put quite simply, the serenity prayer is used in recovery because it does help to refocus your energy and does help to really drive home the tenants and beliefs of recovery. You are meant to accept the things you cannot change, have the courage to change your own life, the ability to know the difference, and you are also meant to live your life one day at a time, overcoming adversity at each step and working toward something different.

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The prayer also states that you should enjoy each moment, take the world as it is, and trust that you are going to be able to make things right if you just surrender. These are all the tenants of recovery, and this prayer helps to reinforce that and remind you of what it is that you are working toward by being in recovery. This is a great prayer that makes it easier to focus and stay on track.

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This is a prayer that reflects the overall feel and tenants of recovery and does help you to focus and take the time to get that surety in yourself that you need and to refocus so that you can recover and so that you can stay on the path to true health and recovery.

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