Finding Calm: An AA Prayer for Overcoming Anxiety
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. It affects about 40 million adults or approximately 18% of the population. Although it is a treatable condition, only about one-third of sufferers seek treatment.
Anxiety can manifest in different forms such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and specific phobias. The symptoms may include excessive worrying, restlessness, fearfulness, difficulty concentrating and insomnia among others.
In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), many members also struggle with anxiety as they learn to cope with sober living. But through working the steps and developing spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation, they find a way to overcome these struggles.
“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.”
The Serenity Prayer is often recited in AA meetings and has become a popular mantra for individuals who struggle with addiction as well as those who suffer from anxiety disorders.
This prayer emphasizes accepting things that are beyond our control while also acknowledging our power to make meaningful changes. Additionally, it encourages us to seek divine intervention so that we may obtain wisdom for discernment.
The Lord is My Shepherd: A Biblical Reflection on Anxiety
“Even though I walk through
the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.”
-Psalm 23:4 (NIV)
The Bible recognizes that life can be filled with trials and tribulations. We face situations that are beyond our strength and may cause us to feel overwhelmed and anxious. But this verse reminds us that God is always there to guide us even in the darkest moments.
God is described as a shepherd who leads, protects, and comforts His flock. He carries a staff to keep animals from going astray but also uses it to rescue them when they get stuck. The rod represents authority and serves as both defense against predators such as wolves or lions, but as discipline for wandering sheep.
This biblical image of God provides a sense of security and peace knowing that we are never alone in our struggles against anxiety.
Are AA Prayers and Scriptures Effective in Calming an Anxious Mind?
Are AA prayers and scriptures effective in calming an anxious mind? Many believe so. In times of distress, turning to calming scriptures for anxious minds can provide solace and comfort. The verses offer guidance, reassurance, and a sense of surrender, helping individuals find inner peace amidst uncertainty. The power of prayer and scripture can provide a source of strength, grounding the mind and offering a path towards relaxation and tranquility.
A Prayer for Calm
I come before You today
to ask for Your help
in overcoming my anxiety.
Grant me the courage
to face my fears head-on
with confidence in Your love.
Give me the wisdom
to know what I can change
and what I cannot,
and grant me serenity
in accepting things as they are.
Be my strength when I feel weak,
my comfort when I am afraid,
and my guide on this journey towards healing.
Thank You for Your constant presence
in my life. May You continue to bless me
with Your love, peace,
and grace today and always.
This prayer acknowledges our dependence on God’s strength in overcoming anxiety while also asking for divine guidance towards making meaningful changes in our lives.
We cannot deal with anxiety on our own without support from others nor can we rely on medication and therapy alone. We need the help of those who have walked this path before us such as our AA sponsors, support groups, friends, family members, and ultimately God.
May this prayer remind us that it is possible to find calm amidst the storms of anxiety through faith and taking practical steps towards healing.