Assorted Prayers

The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the
Serenity to accept the things
I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can; and the
Wisdom to know the difference

Third Step Prayer, Life With Hope

Higher Power,

I have tried to control the uncontrollable
for far too long.

I ask that you take this burden from me.

I acknowledge that my life is unmanageable.

I ask for your care and guidance.

Grant me
honesty, courage, humility, and serenity,
to face that which keeps me
from you and others.

I give this life to you
to do with as you will.

An Eleventh Step Prayer

Higher Power,

Please help me.

Help me learn what I am supposed to learn,

Help me do what I am supposed to do,

Help me be who I am supposed to be.

Stay with me always,

In my hour of deepest despair,

And my hour of greatest joy.

Set Aside Prayer


Please help me set aside

everything I think I know

about myself, my disease,

these steps, and especially You;

for an open mind

and a new experience

with myself, my disease,

these steps, and especially You.

Closing (Unity) Prayer

I put my hand in yours
and together we can do
what we could never do alone.

No longer is there a sense of hopelessness.

No longer must we each
depend upon our own unsteady will power.

We are all together now
reaching out our hands
for a power and strength, greater than ours.

And, as we join hands
we find love and understanding
beyond our wildest dreams.

Reprinted with permission of Overeaters Anonymous.