Discovering the Plan God Has for Your Life
Saint Francis Assisi’s prayer is about letting go, about asking God for guidance, and for forgetting the ego and the self in the search for God, for forgiveness, and for eternal life in heaven. This is well outlined in the prayer, which begins with a request to God for Him to make the speaker His instrument.
Acknowledging Your Weakness – The 11th step is traditionally about rediscovering spirituality and God through prayer and meditation. Here, you are expected to acknowledge God as a higher power and relax into giving him the figurative reigns to controlling your life. In asking God to make you an instrument of HIs peace, you are asking Him to grant you the wisdom to act in His name, as He would want, and acknowledging that you do not have the capacity to do so on your own.
Letting Go of the Ego – Many of us need and strive to be loved, accepted, to be right. The Ego, as outlined by Freud, is a powerful driver in how we act. But, as we turn to God, there is little place for the Ego. It is never right to let go of the full sense of self, but God asks us to acknowledge that we are all but a tiny part of the whole. A single soul in a mass of 7 billion brothers and sisters across the globe. No one can do it alone. No one will ever be complete without family, love, and community. The second half of the Saint Francis Assisi prayer is a reminder that in finding others, we find ourselves. When we give, we receive, when we acknowledge, we are acknowledged, and when we love, we are loved.
The 11th step requires sitting down, using prayer as a form of meditation, and finding quiet to think, to reflect, and simply to be. Hopefully, during this time, the Prayer will provide powerful inspiration to connect with and move into those ideas, to acknowledge that God is the one who knows what is best for you and how to get you there, and to continue your journey from being an inward focused addict towards an outward focused member of your community.
The Prayer of Saint Francis Assisi is based on love, acceptance, and acknowledgement of God. It’s about asking for help in the face of adversity. It’s about acknowledging that you don’t have all the answers and you need guidance to be God’s servant. And, it’s about acknowledging that the future you want to build for yourself lies not entirely within you, but also in your community, family, and friends. The prayer is in part entreaty to God for help, in part acknowledgement that you are not complete without God and community, and in part a commitment to allow God and His help into your life.
If you’re moving into recovery, hopefully the Saint Francis Assisi Prayer offers a valuable font of hope, inspiration, and motivation.