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:
The Acceptance Prayer
The Serenity Prayer is a prayer of acceptance and acceptance brings peace.
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.
Also, remember that walking with the Lord means you are ready to receive many miracle at any point in time. So, prayer for miracle will give you encouragement to be ready to receive your blessings from the Lord.
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.
Prayer For Acceptance
“…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. 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.”
Prayer for Acceptance and Peace
Lord of the Highest Heavens, please allow me to have acceptance of all things in my life and give my heart a peace that passes all understanding. Show me how to move forward with my family and friends and encourage me as I work through this. Whatever my circumstances, Jesus, let me find contentment so acceptance can follow. I know that without true acceptance, I will never have a peaceful soul. I need You to give me both. Thank You for Your love. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.
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.
Prayer Of Acceptance
Dear loving God,
Sometimes things are Just too hard to take. I need Your strength to help me with acceptance of all things.
My life, my situations, my loved ones, even myself. It’s not how I hoped and dreamed things would be. Open my eyes to see the beauty in my soul and help me to find the good in what I stand for.
Show me the way, oh Lord ,to accept. What must I do? Show me what You see. Bring my talents to life and allow me how to be a blessing to others.
First, I look to your Son, so innocent and full of grace.
He took it all upon him for me.
Can I accept this? Can I accept this gift from heaven?
If so, then I can accept anything.
For your Spirit lets me see with the eyes of Christ. Eyes full of patience, full of mercy, and full of love.
Encourage me as I begin this new era and fill me with optimism.
Let me be like Jesus, Lord. Let me be like your Son.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Powerful Prayer of Acceptance
Dear Gracious and Loving God,
In humility, I come to you, to ask you to
As I take this time to be still, help me to let go of anxiousness and feel your peace.
Your Word says that you are love and where there is love there can be no fear.
Help me to let go of fear and receive your perfect love.
Help me accept myself as I am.
Help me love myself as I am, to see myself as you see me.
Help me to accept the effect that other people’s actions have had in my life and to let go of any hurt.
I let go of hurt, resentment and judgment.
I forgive those who have hurt me.
Because I practice awareness in all areas of my life, I am aware of self-criticism or poor choices.
I accept my actions. I forgive myself and let go of poor choices or self-criticism.
From now on, let every action, every word, every reaction, every thought, and every emotion of mine, be based on love.
Help me, my dearest Father, to trust you fully.
Help me to receive and accept love.
Help me to freely give love.
Help me not to strive for perfection but to make progress each day.
I can trust myself.
I make good choices.
Dearest Father, help me to know that you are always with me.
Each day, help me to step into the glorious person you created me to be.
In the name of your Son whose example lights our way,
3 thoughts on “Most Valuable Acceptance Prayer and The Truth about Peace”
I have been working on acceptance for awhile. I am not there yet, but improving every day. I am living proof that hardships can be good for you. After my son crossed over I changed, which is very common, but I changed for the better. I actually love myself now!
although I’m atheist and think that I am the only one that can give myself the power to do anything (rather than a higher power), I like the basis of this post and use positive affirmations, rather than prayer, to try and raise my self-esteem and acceptance 🙂
Thanks for another fantastic article on Bay Art! I can relate to all of the article and continue to grow, improve living the 12 step program way. Although, parts of it I question. However, for the most part it’s been helpful. Just need a sponsor now.
Thanks again for the acceptance prayer – I needed it!!
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