The Set Aside Prayer is a well-known prayer that is often recited by members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step recovery programs. This prayer is meant to help individuals who struggle with addiction and other challenges to set aside their own biases, opinions, and preconceived notions in order to be open to new ideas, suggestions, and ways of thinking. By reciting the Set Aside Prayer, individuals can let go of their own ego and become more willing to receive guidance and support from a higher power or other individuals. The Set Aside Prayer is a powerful tool for those who are on a path of recovery and seeking to improve their lives.
Please read the prayers below which will provide guidance for Set Aside Prayer. May God Bless You!
Set Aside Prayer 1
Today help me set aside everything I think I know about You, everything I think I know about myself, everything I think I know about others, and everything I think I know about my own recovery so I may have an open mind and a new experience with all these things. Please help me see the truth.
Set Aside Prayer 2
I offer myself to thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always.
Set Aside Prayer 3
I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding.
Set Aside Prayer 4
Make me a channel of thy peace, that where there is hatred, I may bring love; that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness; that where there is discord, I may bring harmony; that where there is error, I may bring truth; that where there is doubt, I may bring faith; that where there is despair, I may bring hope; that where there are shadows, I may bring light; that where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted; to understand, than to be understood; to love, than to be loved. For it is by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.