OA Steps (1-12) Meditation and Prayers

Meditation & Prayers for each step (1-12)

First Step Prayer

Dear Lord,

I admit that I am powerless over my food addiction.

I admit that my life is unmanageable when I try to control it.

Help me this day to understand the true meaning of powerlessness.

Remove from me all denial of my addiction.

Alternate Prayer

Today, I ask for help with my food addiction.

Denial has kept me from seeing how

powerless I am & how my life is unmanageable.

I need to learn & remember that I have an incurable

illness & that abstinence is the only way to deal with it.

Second Step Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I know in my heart that only you can restore me to sanity.

I humbly ask that you remove all twisted thought &

addictive behavior from me this day.

Heal my spirit & restore in me a clear mind.

Alternate Prayer

I pray for an open mind so I may come to

believe in a Power greater than myself.

I pray for humility & the continued

opportunity to increase my faith.

I don’t want to be crazy any more.

Third Step Prayer


I offer myself to Thee

To build with me & to do with me as Thou wilt.

Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.

Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness

to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy love & Thy way of life.

May I do Thy will always!


Take my will & my life,

Guide me in my recovery,

Show me how to live.

Fourth Step Prayer

Dear God,

It is I who has made my life a mess.

I have done it, but I cannot undo it.

My mistakes are mine & I will begin a

searching & fearless moral inventory.

I will write down my wrongs,

but I will also include that which is good.

I pray for the strength to complete the task.

Fifth Step Prayer


My inventory has shown me who I am, yet I ask for Your help

in admitting my wrongs to another person & to You.

Assure me, & be with me, in this Step,

for without this Step I cannot progress in my recovery.

With Your help, I can do this & I will do it.

Sixth Step Prayer

Dear God,

I am ready for Your help

in removing from me the defects of character

which I now realize are an obstacle to my recovery.

Help me to continue being honest with myself &

guide me toward spiritual & mental health.

Seventh Step Prayer

My Creator,

I am now willing that you should have all of me, good & bad.

I pray that you now remove from me every

single defect of character which stands in the way

of my usefulness to you & my fellows.

Grant me strength, as I go out from here to do Your bidding.

Eighth Step Prayer

Higher Power,

I ask Your help in making my list of all those I have harmed.

I will take responsibility for my mistakes &

be forgiving to others as You are forgiving to me.

Grant me the willingness to begin my restitution.

This I pray.

Ninth Step Prayer

Higher Power,

I pray for the right attitude to make my amends,

being ever mindful not to harm others in the process.

I ask for Your guidance in making indirect amends.

Most important, I will continue to make amends

by staying abstinent, helping others &

growing in spiritual progress.

Tenth Step Prayer

I pray I may continue:

  • To grow in understanding & effectiveness;
  • To take daily spot check inventories of myself;
  • To correct mistakes when I make them;
  • To take responsibility for my actions;
  • To be ever aware of my negative &self-defeating attitudes & behaviors;
  • To keep my willfulness in check;
  • To always remember I need Your help;
  • To keep love & tolerance of others as my code; &
  • To continue in daily prayer how I can best serve You, My Higher Power.

Eleventh Step Prayer

Higher Power, as I understand You,

I pray to keep my connection with You

open & clear from the confusion of daily life.

Through my prayers & meditation I ask especially for

freedom from self-will, rationalization & wishful thinking.

I pray for the guidance of correct thought & positive action.

Your will, Higher Power, not mine, be done.

Twelfth Step Prayer

Dear God,

My spiritual awakening continues to unfold.

The help I have received I shall pass on & give to others,

both in & out of the Fellowship.

For this opportunity I am grateful.

I pray most humbly to continue walking

day by day on the road of spiritual progress.

I pray for the inner strength & wisdom to practice

the principles of this way of life in all I do & say.

I need You, my friends & the program every hour of every day.

This is a better way to live.