Tuesday 31 January 2023

Set Aside Prayer

“God, please set aside everything I think I know about myself, the twelve steps, this book, the meetings, my disease, and you, God, so I may have an open mind and a new experience with all these things, please let me see the truth.”

Although the set aside prayer that we use is not found as we say it in the Big Book of “Alcoholics Anonymous” here are some references to it:

Pg. 42-Paragraph 3

“It meant I would have to throw several lifelong conceptions out of the window.”

Pg. 46-Paragraph 2

“We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that power, which is God.”

Pg. 47-Paragraph 1

“Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.”

Pg. 48-Paragraph 1

“Besides a seeming inability to accept much on faith, we often found ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, and unreasoning prejudice.” “It finally beat us into a state of reasonableness. Sometimes this was a tedious process: we hope no one else will be prejudiced for as long as some of us were.”

Pg. 49-Paragraph 3

“We, who have traveled this dubious path, beg you to lay aside prejudice, even against organized religion.”

Pg. 58-Paragraph 3

“Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.”

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