Prayer Life

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

~ Step #11, AA 12 X 12.

The big key phrase for those of us who struggle around the concepts of religion, G.O.D., faith, trust, and a prayer life is “as we understand Him.” For many years in AA, I referred to “him, her, or it.”  The concept of a male dominating my life was too much for my pea sized brain to wrap itself around. So, I would mutter “he, she, or it” every time I read How it Works. Then one day, someone called a special group consensus on the “issue” of me not reading the AA literature as printed. Wow, I was offended and shamed. I did not go back to THAT meeting for some time. How dare he call me out!? In retrospect, I would have preferred to be talked to privately, but he was correct. My little girl within just did not like god being a he.

I can now appreciate that AA was formed back in the 1930’s. Most folks did not consider questioning the god they were raised on, much less bring that doubt up in public. Society was also male dominated, so much of the literature reflects that. I sure am glad that AA has grown up, included people of all ilks, and made it crystal clear that this is a spiritual not religious program. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking alcohol. Bottom line, religion is an outside issue. I for one, do not care what you believe or don’t believe. That is between you and your HP. I only care that you found AA and are sober. And, I am not alone. Whoo hoo.


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