By Hero
4/4/2011 4:49:13 PM

"Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball:
If in these special moments of prayer we hold back from the Lord, it may mean that some blessings may be withheld from us. After all, we pray as petitioners before an all-wise Heavenly Father, so why should we ever think to hold back feelings or thoughts which bear upon our needs and our blessings? 11 "

I have just become more aware of expressing my feelings as I petition the Lord in my prayers. Feeling and emotions are a major impact to those who are suffering from addiction, dependent or co-dependent. I have contemplated on my understanding of prayer and what I have been taught. I think that I have not understood this concept of expressing my feelings and emotions as significantly as having gone through this process of recovery. The information in the 12 steps for both ARP and Family Support Manuals support this very important aspect of prayer.

I have received much comfort as I pray in this manner. Vocally expressing to my Loving Heavenly Father my feelings and emotions, the good the bad and the ugly. No holding back, why should I...He knows all.....He requires of me to address Him. I am thankful for this enlightening experience.

I share this with you in hopes it may bring you further courage, hope and peace.

Another wonderful tool of prayer I have found through recovery is to journal my prayers and to write the impressions I receive while in prayer.


Honest Prayer    
"I've felt honest prayer has been very helpful for me. I used to have a hard time praying when I wasn't doing well because it felt so fake, but now I just tell God I'm struggling and what I'm struggling with and don't worry about it being a "perfect" prayer. I also like journaling prayers. When I'm at work sometimes I'll type the prayer in an email."
posted at 23:04:15 on April 5, 2011 by dstanley
Journaling Prayers    
"D. I have found that by journaling my prayers and then writing down those impressions that come helps me to remember what my Heavenly Father is trying to tell me an what He thinks I should do about it. It helps me because I have found that as the days go on somehow I forget exactly what I heard. I capitalize and highlight those promptings and refer back to them, and it is surprising how long it takes me to do some of those promptings. A reaffirmation that the Lords answers come quickly, more quickly than we sometimes understand or acknowledge. I realize that He is giving me more help than sometime I give Him credit for. Journaling prayer has help motivate me to accomplish His directives. To take heed, and do his will."
posted at 17:40:21 on April 6, 2011 by Hero
"I need to get better at writing down impressions. I don't think I usually have any though. Maybe I'm just not used to looking for any. It's still kind of a new concept for me."
posted at 00:49:00 on April 7, 2011 by dstanley
"Thanks for sharing!! I feel like even when I pray I know I get answers- I just second guess myself and talk myself outta it. It is so hard!"
posted at 16:23:03 on April 30, 2011 by faith21
D. Remember!    
"So glad you attended today. So thankful your heart has softened. So glad you want more. So glad you are here and our sister fighting the fight!

Love and Prayers!"
posted at 23:27:00 on June 19, 2011 by Hero
Thanks for the Reminder    
"I need to work at this again."
posted at 00:00:23 on June 20, 2011 by dstanley
"Write. Down the impressions you receive in prayer. Then proceed in FAITH! Trust the will of the Lord, HOPE! Take each step by step with courage because you have the Lord and His angels on your side. The Spirit will Guide you! It does not DRIVE you! If you are feeling Driven then it most likely is not the Spirit. Remember the Spirit leads it does not drive!"
posted at 12:19:15 on August 17, 2011 by Hero
"Prayer is really important and helpful something that most can't fully understand,it helps me a lot. Like you I tell him truly wants on my mind and what I'll do and what I want even the biggest and smallest things. No doubt prayer is important especially for me an addict."
posted at 20:48:52 on August 17, 2011 by Teddy

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