Prayers and Psalms for Healing

Modeh Ani – 7th Step Prayer

Recommended to be recited upon awakening in the morning:

My creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen. (Alcoholics Anonymous – page 76)

Essentially we are asking G-d to take everything away from us, the good and the bad, and to give us back only what we need to do G-d’s bidding. We say to G-d take away all my capacities, all my qualities, all my talents, and all my character defects. I have no personal use for any of it. Whatever You think I will need today to do Your work, please give it to me. I don’t use my own egoistic talents to do Your work, I want to use the talent that You vested in me.

Please say the Modeh Ani every morning:

Modeh Ani Lefanecha Melech Chai Vekayam Shehechezarta Be Nishmati Bechemla; Rabba Emunatecha.

I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great.

Traditionally it is a gratitude prayer thanking G-d for restoring our soul back into our body. The Hebrew words of “Modeh Ani” are usually translated as “I offer thanks”. Another translation, emphasized in the teaching of Chassidus is “I surrender”. So, another reading of the Modeh Ani could follow the same pattern as the 7th Step. I surrender to G-d all of my existence. I ask G-d to give back to me what I need to do His will today.


Before Retiring at Night – 10th Step

Before we go to sleep we read the Shema one last time. We also read prayers and psalms that express our desire to clean up our day from all possible missteps, recover from all our mistakes and set the stage for another successful day. The following is the opening paragraph, which has a strong 10th step element, essentially a recap of steps 4-7:

Master of the universe! I hereby forgive anyone who has angered or vexed me, or sinned against me, either physically or financially, against my honor or anything else that is mine, whether accidentally on intentionally, inadvertently or deliberately, by speech or by deed, in this incarnation or in any other – any Israelite; may no man be punished on my account.

May it be Your will, L-rd my G-d and G-d of my fathers, that I shall sin no more nor repeat my sins, neither shall I again anger You nor do what is wrong in Your eyes.

The sins I have committed, erase in Your abounding mercies, but not through suffering or severe illnesses.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You, L-rd, my Strength and my Redeemer.


Prayer for Step Three

In this portion of the Grace After Meals, we ask G-d to take care of us, and profess our full reliance on G-d rather than on humans.

Our G-d, our Father, Our Shepherd, tend us, nourish us, sustain us, feed us, and provide us with plenty; and speedily, L-rd our G-d, grant us relief from all our afflictions.

L-rd our G-d, please do not make us dependent upon the gifts of mortal men nor upon their loans, but only upon Your full, open, holy, and generous hand, that we may never be shamed or disgraced.


Jewish Meeting Prayer

Many AA meetings close with a religious prayer, that is not mentioned in any of AAs literature. Many Jewish meetings choose to close with this prayer, from the daily morning service:

May it be Your will, L-rd our G-d, and G-d of our fathers, to accustom us to Your Torah, and to make us cleave to Your commandments. Do not bring us into sin, nor into transgression or iniquity, nor into temptation or scorn; and may the evil inclination not have mastery over us…

Make us cleave to the good inclination and to good deeds, and compel our inclination to be subservient to You. Grant us this day and every day: grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who behold us; amen.


Anenu – A Prayer When in Distress

Five times a year we read this prayer, on each of the five traditional days of fast:

Answer us, O L-rd, answer us on our fast day, for we are in great distress. Do not turn to our wickedness, do not conceal Your countenance from us, and do not disregard our supplications. Be near to our cry; let Your loving-kindness console us; answer us even before we call You . . . For You, L-rd, are He who answers in times of distress, who redeems and rescues in all times of distress and tribulation.

We can be fasting from food, we can be fasting from mood altering substances, we can be fasting from unhealthy behavior. When in distress we call out to G-d. He tends to listen.


Tehillim – Psalm 121

1. A song of ascents. 2. I lift my eyes to the mountains – from where will my help come? 3. My help will come from the L-rd, Maker of heaven and earth. 4. He will not let your foot falter; your guardian does not slumber. 5. Indeed, the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. 6. The L-rd is your guardian; the L-rd is your protective shade at your right hand. 7. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 8. The L-rd will guard you from all evil; He will guard your soul. 9. The L-rd will guard your going and your coming from now and for all time.


Psalm 23

1. A psalm by David. The L-rd is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing. 2. He lays me down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. 3. He revives my soul; He directs me in paths of righteousness for the sake of His Name. 4. Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff-they will comfort me. 5. You will prepare a table for me before my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup is full. 6. Only goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the House of the L-rd for many long years.


Psalm 100 – Song of Gratitude

Gratitude if always on the top list of every recovering addict. Being grateful allows us to go out of our own stinking thinking and into a selfless state of giving.

The introductory text to Psalm 100 reads as follows:

This psalm inspires the hearts of those who suffer in this world. Let them, nevertheless, serve God with joy, for all is for their good, as in the verse: “He whom God loves does He chastise.” The psalm also refers to the thanksgiving sacrifice-the only sacrifice to be offered in the Messianic era.

1. A song for a thanksgiving offering. Shout to the Lord, all the earth.

2. Serve the Lord with joy, come before Him with praise.

3. Know that the Lord is God; He made us and we are His, people and the flock of His pasture.

4. Come into His gates with thanksgiving, [into] His courtyards with praise; give thanks to Him, bless His name.

5. For the Lord is good; His kindness is forever, and until generation after generation is His faith.


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