When I think about acceptance prayer, the first that comes to mind is The Serenity Prayer -the common name for a prayer authored by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). This is a beautiful acceptance prayer which has always inspired me. Life is challenging and at times, you don’t have an answer for the things that happen in your life. In such circumstances, this prayer will be of immense value. This prayer will give you peace and courage to move on in life. There is a little difference between this and abundance prayer but logic is the same.
“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie Ten Boom
“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” – Mother Teresa
And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. – 1 John 5:15
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. – John 17:15
I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
The best-known form is:
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.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Niebuhr, who first wrote the prayer for a sermon at Heath Evangelical Union Church in Heath, Massachusetts, used it widely in sermons as early as 1934 and first published it in 1951 in a magazine column. The prayer spread both through Niebuhr’s sermons and church groups in the 1930s and 1940s and was later adopted and popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs.
What is the secret behind the Acceptance Prayer’s power?
The language is humble, its lessons simple and its history not particularly romantic. But its messages are both personal and universal; easy to understand yet difficult to execute.
- Acceptance is not laziness. When we devote inordinate attention to the things we cannot change, we expend physical, emotional and mental energy that could be directed elsewhere. Accepting that there are some things we cannot change does not make us complacent.
- We must have the courage to change ourselves. One of the life’s greatest challenges is imagining how our lives could be different than they are now. Often, our deeply-ingrained habits are our own worst enemies, and simply identifying them is half the battle. There are several 30 Days Workbook in the main page and they are challenge and journey in this battle. Since habits gain power through repetition, it takes real focus and perspective to take a look at ourselves. You can get more insight on “Addiction Poems and My Addiction Recovery Systems“.
- Hardship can be good for you. Of course, life will bring many challenges and obstacles. When we view these obstacles not just as frustrations or failures, but as opportunities for growth and learning, we can transcend our circumstances.
- Yes, acceptance is a choice—a hard one most definitely, but a choice nonetheless. There are two ways out of a problem: accept what’s happening, see the positive, and choose a peaceful state of mind; or fight against it, be miserable, and struggle against the universe.
- Acceptance, in my opinion, is the key to converting momentary happiness to enduring happiness. It helps you move from feeling happy to actually being happy. Practicing acceptance prepares you to live in this changing world, where you never know what’s going to happen next. Acceptance is like protecting yourself with your own shield.
The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.
Let me clarify that acceptance is not at all related to weakness, and is definitely not a synonym of conformity or mediocrity.
“…And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober, unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and my attitudes.”
Daily Acceptance Prayer
I pray that “prayer” every morning. It is actually just a description of how one person sees the world and their role in it.
I believe in what this prayer says…namely that I need to focus on how I react to the world, not so much on the state of the world or what others do in it.
I accept myself completely.
I accept my strengths and my weaknesses,
my gifts and my shortcomings,
my good points and my faults.
I accept myself completely as a human being.
I accept that I am here to learn and grow,
and I accept that I am learning and growing.
I accept the personality I’ve developed, and
I accept my power to heal and change.
I accept myself without condition or reservation.
I accept that the core of my being is goodness
and that my essence is love,
and I accept that I sometimes forget that.
I accept myself completely, and in this acceptance
I find an ever-deepening inner strength.
From this place of strength, I accept my life fully and
I open to the lessons it offers me today.
I accept that within my mind are both fear and love,
and I accept my power to choose which I will experience as real.
I recognize that I experience only the results of my own choices.
I accept the times that I choose fear
as part of my learning and healing process, and
I accept that I have the potential and power
in any moment to choose love instead.
I accept mistakes as a part of growth,
so I am always willing to forgive myself and
give myself another chance.
I accept that my life is the expression of my thought,
and I commit myself to aligning my thoughts
more and more each day with the Thought of Love.
I accept that I am an expression of this Love.
Love’s hands and voice and heart on earth.
I accept my own life as a blessing and a gift.
My heart is open to receive, and I am deeply grateful.
May I always share the gifts that I receive
fully, freely, and with joy.