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

God, 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.