Friday, September 10, 2010
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:4-5, NLT
“In prayer, real prayer, we begin to think God’s thoughts after Him: to desire the things he desires, to love the things he loves, to will the things he wills. Progressively, we are taught to see things from his point of view.”
- Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline
Our sponsors, our mentors, spiritual directors and our counselors have helped us and will continue to help us grow in our recovery. While they help us, they are not the resource or the power that gives us growth. That is done by God’s Holy Spirit. As our “new man in Christ” grows within us, we will develop a personality and identity that is much more suited to what God created us to be than anything we could have hoped ourselves to be. This new identity is much more from the influence of God working deep within us than it is from what we have learned or observed from others. The examples that others have given us are very good, but we are called to something more personal and more unique to who we are as individuals. We must not confuse a teacher with The Teacher. Human teachers come and go, but God will never leave us and He will not forsake His commitment to work His best into every area of our lives.
Our joy in recovery will suffer if we don’t exhibit the humble diligence that leads to intimacy with God. The bigger our ego gets, the smaller God gets and, on the other hand, as God’s presence in our life grows, our ego will shrink correspondingly. Only after, and never without the intentional application of hard disciplined work, will we grow up. Growth will not remove our human imperfections, but it will enlarge us spiritually, molding us to be more like God intended us to be. We are responsible to be diligent in our pursuit of what God wants us to be. We are responsible for living out the miraculous purpose for which He created us.
One of the great things that will come out of our walk with God will be the stories that come from our life experience. When we share them, our life experiences will encourage others much like we have been encouraged by those who’ve shared theirs with us. For you see, God takes all the broken pieces of our lives and He creates something worthwhile for everyone. While the details of our stories will be different from one another, the fundamentals will be the same. In recovery, we all admit how our failures and our addictions proved how alone we had been. We accepted our need for God and then His love broke through to us. He reached into our aloneness and we reached back for Him. We had been like adulterous lovers, awkward and embarrassed, sneaking in the back door, not knowing what to say. But God made the first move to listen to us and get close to us and now, because we want to get close to Him too, we make the second move which is to pray.
Prayer takes us out of our aloneness.
Insights and Inspirations for Christian Twelve Step Recovery
By David Zailer and The Men and Women of Operation Integrity
Chapter Eleven Segment Two
Copyright David Zailer, 2008
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