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3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
This statement follows the Third Step Prayer on page 63 of the Big Book:
Some of our founders and early members of the fellowship used a prayer other than the one on page 63 of the Big Book to take newcomers through their "decision" -- namely because the Big Book wasn't printed until 1939 and they got our Program from Oxford Group principles. Bill W., Dr. Bob, and Bill D. started making 12 Step calls and taking others through the original 6 "steps" in the summer of 1935.
Here are a couple examples of "3rd Step Prayers" used by our early members:
THIRD STEP PRAYER used by Dr. Bob
THIRD STEP PRAYER used by Clarence Snyder. Clarence started A.A. Group #3 in Cleveland.
(Both sponsor and protégé on their knees...)
(Protégé repeats after the sponsor):
The Prayer that my sponsors gave me to begin each day as I confirm my Third Step Decision. I have used it daily since then, virtually the only prayer that I use, and now many of my sponsees do too.
God, help me today to not put anything into my mind or body that you would not have there. Take all of my relationships in life and make of them what you will. Thy will only be done in their life as well as in mine. And let me know the Truth. Amen.
You see, there is no set prayer that "MUST" be used, just a simple prayer of your own wording to confirm your willingness to take action as a result of your decision, to do whatever is necessary to place your Higher Power in control of all aspects of your life, to abide by His will, that you might stay sober this day, Today.
Love and Peace, Barefoot
As in so many things, especially with we alcoholics, our History is our Greatest Asset!.. We each arrived at the doors of AA with an intensive and lengthy "History of Things That Do Not Work" .. Today, In AA and In Recovery, Our History has added an intensive and lengthy "History of Things That DO Work!!" and We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it!!
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Three mighty important things, Pardn'r, LOVE And PEACE and SOBRIETY