Resentment prayer in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a powerful tool for those in recovery to overcome negative emotions that may threaten their sobriety. Resentment is a common issue that can arise in those who have struggled with addiction and can often be a trigger for relapse. The resentment prayer, also known as the “Freedom Prayer,” is used in AA to help individuals release negative emotions and resentments towards others, themselves, and the world. The prayer is based on the idea that forgiveness and compassion can help individuals move past anger and resentment and find inner peace and healing. It is a powerful reminder that resentments can be harmful to one’s recovery and that forgiveness and compassion can lead to a more fulfilling and sober life. The resentment prayer is a cornerstone of the AA program and is often used in conjunction with other tools and practices to help individuals overcome addiction and find lasting peace and sobriety.
Please read the prayers below which will provide guidance for Resentment Prayer AA. May God Bless You!
Resentment Prayer AA 1
Hear me and answer me. You know I am troubled by thoughts and feelings of anger, resentment and bitterness. You also know why. And You know how deep the hurt goes and how long I have lived with it. But I don’t want to live with it any longer. I don’t want to be an angry, resentful and bitter person. With Your help, I release my anger into Your hands. I surrender my resentment. I let go of my bitterness. Help me to keep letting go and release these toxic emotions as often as they try to return.
Resentment Prayer AA 2
I give my fear to You. I have been crippled and poisoned by fear for too long. I reject it. I release it. I choose faith instead of fear, believing in Your good plans for me. I choose love instead of fear, trusting that Your “perfect love” will cast out all fear.I choose Your light and truth instead of fear, accepting Your Word, which says I “need not fear terror that stalks in the night, the arrow that flies in the day, plague that strikes in the darkness, or calamity that destroys at noon,” because you are with me.
Resentment Prayer AA 3
For too long I have wanted to be in control, tried to be in control and cherished the illusion that I am in control. I release myself and my illusions into Your hands. By Your grace, I surrender my need to feel in control, and embrace the truth that You are in control and that I can control only my inner life and not my outward circumstances—and certainly not other people. Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot control, courage to change the few things I can (my thoughts and actions) and wisdom to know the difference.
Resentment Prayer AA 4
With Your help, I release all the negative thoughts, feelings and impressions that lead to an attitude of victimhood in my life. I turn from it. I refuse to be a victim any longer. I choose to rely and live on the truth of Your Word that says I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37) rather than a victim, through the One who loves me and gave Himself for me. Let me live a victorious life from this moment on instead of entertaining any thoughts of victimhood.
Resentment Prayer AA 5
I repent and renounce and release the dependency by which I’ve lived until now. Whatever the roots—self-doubt, self-hatred, self-loathing, etc.—I release the sense that I need anything or anyone but You and Your truth to get me through the day and through this life. Remind me, moment by moment, that my God will meet all my needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Resentment Prayer AA 6
Your Word says there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set [me] free” (Romans 8:1, NIV). I agree with Your Word and so release all the shame I have felt because of the lies I’ve believed about myself. I choose to believe what You say about me and not what others say—not even what I have said about myself. I accept that I am Your “work of art,” “created in Christ Jesus to do good works” and trust You to help me, moment by moment, to live in that reality.