Step 11

11. 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 and the power to carry that out.

“If you want better insight and discernment, and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given you, and knowledge of God himself; you will soon learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting Him.” Proverbs 2:3-5

In order to put God’s power to work in our lives, we need to seek the Lord in regular prayer – also listening for His guidance day by day.  Taking time to do this may be difficult to fit into our busy schedule, but being on good speaking terms with God can make all the difference in how our day goes!  It can determine whether or not we will use or drink today!  It may decide how we will react to the people we’re worried about today.  We may have long lists of “wants” but seeking His will for us, whatever that might be, is putting our lives in the palm of His almighty hand.  Asking for power to carry out His will in our lives keeps us in tune with Him, and on track in this process of recovery.

A.    Prayer:

  • Matt. 6:5-15                     Luke 18:1-8

B.    Holy Spirit aids in prayer:

  • Rom. 8:26

C.    Perseverance in Prayer:

  • James 5:13                       Matt. 7:7-11
  • 1 Chron. 16:11                 Matt. 26:41
  • Prov. 2:1-5

D.    Promises of answer:

  • Isa. 65:24                         Zech. 4:6
  • Psa. 62:5-8                      John 15:5-7
  • 1John 5:14

E.     Obstacles to Prayer:

  • Psa. 66:16-20                   2 Cor. 12:8-10
  • James 1:5-8

F.     Prayer answered:

  • Ex. 15:25                         Judg. 6:36-40
  • 1 Kings 18:36-39

G.    His Will for us:

  • Heb. 10:36                       Psa. 119:2-3
  • Psa. 32:8                          Eph. 1:8
  • Jer. 29:11-13                    2 Pet. 1:3-9

H.    Meditation:

  • Psa. 1:2                           Psa. 63:1-8

I.      God’s Power:

  • 1 Cor. 12:6-7                    Phil. 4:13

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