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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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1.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... prayer.  BB Into Action, p.85  
We shouldn't be shy on this matter of prayer.


2.
View CONTENTS   ... prayer.  12&12 Contents (Step Eleven), p.8  
Connection between self-examination and meditation and prayer.


3.
View CONTENTS   ... prayer?  12&12 Contents (Step Eleven), p.8  
What about prayer?


4.
View CONTENTS   ... prayer.  12&12 Contents (Step Eleven), p.8  
Rewards of meditation and prayer.


5.
View STEP ONE essay   ... prayer?  12&12 Step One, p.24  
Who cares anything about a Higher Power, let alone meditation and prayer?


6.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Of course we finally did experiment, and when unexpected results followed, we felt different; in fact we knew different; and so we were sold on meditation and prayer.


7.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer.


8.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
First let's look at a really good prayer.


9.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
We'll think now about the man who first uttered the prayer.


10.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer?  12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Now, what of prayer?


11.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... prayer:  12&12 Step Twelve, p.125  
With each passing day of our lives, may every one of us sense more deeply the inner meaning of A.A.'s simple prayer:


12.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer across the centuries is, of course, ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.98  
The actual experience of meditation and prayer across the centuries is, of course, immense.


13.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer, and again try to see what ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.101  
Once more we read our prayer, and again try to see what its inner essence is.


14.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... prayer and meditation.  BB Into Action, p.85  
Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation.


15.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   Prayer and meditation are our principal means ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
Prayer and meditation are our principal means of conscious contact with God.


16.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... prayer and meditation to improve our conscious ...  BB How It Works, p.59  
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.


17.
View CONTENTS   ... prayer and meditation to improve our conscious ...  12&12 Contents (Step Eleven), p.8  
Step Eleven -- "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."


18.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer and meditation to improve our conscious ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
"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."


19.
View CONTENTS   ... prayer are beyond question.  12&12 Contents (Step Eleven), p.8  
Actual results of prayer are beyond question.


20.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer are beyond question.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question.


21.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer are those who never tried it ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
It has been well said that "almost the only scoffers at prayer are those who never tried it enough."


22.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   Prayer, as commonly understood, is a petition ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Prayer, as commonly understood, is a petition to God.


23.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer as obstinately as the scientist who ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
But we recoiled from meditation and prayer as obstinately as the scientist who refused to perform a certain experiment lest it prove his pet theory wrong.


24.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer as something not really necessary.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
So it isn't surprising that we often tend to slight serious meditation and prayer as something not really necessary.


25.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer as soon as we can, doing ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
We should simply resume prayer as soon as we can, doing what we know to be good for us.


26.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer because they don't believe in it, ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
All this should be very encouraging news for those who recoil from prayer because they don't believe in it, or because they feel themselves cut off from God's help and direction.


27.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer, by this self-serving demand of God ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
The A.A., or indeed any man, who tries to run his life rigidly by this kind of prayer, by this self-serving demand of God for replies, is a particularly disconcerting individual.


28.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer for guidance in all matters great ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
To any questioning or criticism of his actions he instantly proffers his reliance upon prayer for guidance in all matters great or small.


29.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   Prayer is the raising of the heart ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.102  
Prayer is the raising of the heart and mind to God -- and in this sense it includes meditation.


30.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer is the sense of belonging that ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us.


31.
View CONTENTS   ... prayer main channels to Higher Power.  12&12 Contents (Step Eleven), p.8  
Meditation and prayer main channels to Higher Power.


32.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer may, despite all the logic and ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.96  
To certain newcomers and to those one-time agnostics who still cling to the A.A. group as their higher power, claims for the power of prayer may, despite all the logic and experience in proof of it, still be unconvincing or quite objectionable.


33.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... prayer meeting.  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.172  
From childhood through high school I was more or less forced to go to church, Sunday School and evening service, Monday night Christian Endeavor and sometimes to Wednesday evening prayer meeting.


34.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer or phrase that has appealed to ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
If at these points our emotional disturbance happens to be great, we will more surely keep our balance, provided we remember, and repeat to ourselves, a particular prayer or phrase that has appealed to us in our reading or meditation.


35.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer secure from Him sure and definite ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
Of course, it is reasonable and understandable that the question is often asked: "Why can't we take a specific and troubling dilemma straight to God, and in prayer secure from Him sure and definite answers to our requests?"


36.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer several times very slowly, savoring every ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
As beginners in meditation, we might now reread this prayer several times very slowly, savoring every word and trying to take in the deep meaning of each phrase and idea.


37.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer surrounds us.  12&12 Step Eleven, p.100  
As though lying upon a sunlit beach, let us relax and breathe deeply of the spiritual atmosphere with which the grace of this prayer surrounds us.


38.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... prayer that we be shown all through ...  BB Into Action, p.87  
We usually conclude the period of meditation with a prayer that we be shown all through the day what our next step is to be, that we be given whatever we need to take care of such problems.


39.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer there can be a certain amount ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.104  
This means that side by side with an earnest prayer there can be a certain amount of presumption and conceit in us.


40.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer was his expression of what he ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.99  
And as he came out the other side of that painful experience, this prayer was his expression of what he could then see, feel, and wish to become:


41.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... prayer, we found, did open the channel ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
The persistent use of meditation and prayer, we found, did open the channel so that where there had been a trickle, there now was a river which led to sure power and safe guidance from God as we were increasingly better able to understand Him.


42.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
And when we turn away from meditation and prayer, we likewise deprive our minds, our emotions, and our intuitions of vitally needed support.


43.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... prayer would no more do without it ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.97  
Those of us who have come to make regular use of prayer would no more do without it than we would refuse air, food, or sunshine.


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