Prayer is an important practice when it comes to maintaining a connection with your higher power as instructed in the 12 steps of recovery. While this guidance isn’t spelled out until the 11th step, there is no reason to delay when it comes to forming a positive habit like regular prayer. Like any new activity, prayer may feel awkward or even unnatural at first, but if you keep at it you will find prayer an invaluable tool for relieving stress and restoring serenity and peace of mind to your consciousness. Here are a few tricks to help jump start your new habit of regular prayer.
Those who have been living in recovery for a while will attest to the fact that starting your day with prayer goes a long way towards maintaining a peaceful, positive outlook on life regardless of any stressors you encounter along the way. You can certainly afford to set aside a few minutes each morning to pause and pray, it just may be difficult to remember to do so at first. A great tip which has been circulated in 12 step rooms of recovery for many years now is to toss your wallet or keys under your bed before going to sleep. This will prompt you to get down on your knees in the morning before leaving the house while also serving as a reminder to pray before you start your day.
Just as opening your day with prayer is beneficial to your peace of mind, so too does prayer serve as an excellent sleep aid, unburdening your mind of the day’s concerns so you can get a good night’s rest. While it may be tempting to simply lay in bed and “pray” as you drift off to sleep, it is better to be deliberate and consistent in your morning and evening prayer routine. You should therefore strive to hit your knees just as you do in the morning, as this small demonstration of purpose and dedication will contribute positively to your sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.
Prayer is your personal connection to your higher power, allowing you to consciously hand over any burdens or worries you are facing to your God so he can help you through them. Once prayer becomes second nature to you, it will seem effortless and just another part of your routine. In the early stages of your recovery, however, it will require a bit more effort on your part to establish the habit of prayer. Luckily there are those who have been where you are now, people such as your sponsor and sober supports, who are a wealth of advice and knowledge on how to establish and refine your prayer routine. If you are struggling to get into the habit of praying each day, try one of the tips mentioned above or ask your sober circle for some advice. Whatever you do, keep putting forth effort just as you do with your recovery overall, and soon you will learn to love the act of praying as it provides you peace and serenity each day!
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