Endigar 598 ~ “The Quality of Faith”

From the Daily Reflections of November 5;

This . . . has to do with the quality of faith. . . . In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves. . . . We had not even prayed rightly. We had always said, “Grant me my wishes” instead of “Thy will be done.”   (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 32)

God does not grant me material possessions, take away my suffering, or spare me from disasters, but He does give me a good life, the ability to cope, and peace of mind. My prayers are simple: first, they express my gratitude for the good things in my life, regardless of how hard I have to search for them; and second, I ask only for the strength and the wisdom to do His will. He answers with solutions to my problems, sustaining my ability to live through daily frustrations with a serenity I did not believe existed, and with the strength to practice the principles of A.A. in all of my everyday affairs.

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When I pray “Thy (Your) will be done” to GOMU (God of my understanding), which must be a loving God to be effective in my life, I see four implications that are reasonable and necessary and will be the fruit of that petition.

1.  It is necessary and reasonable to expect that we will communicate directly or indirectly with Gomu so that we will know what represents His or Her Will.  Thus, this prayer carries with it an implication that we will have an increased ability to communicate to our Higher Power as we seek to fulfill Gomu’s Will.

2.  It is a necessary and reasonable expectation that Gomu will empower and/or provide for us in the accomplishment of that Will.  The activity of pursuing the Will of our Higher Power will create legitimate needs that will be satisfied.

3.  It is a necessary and reasonable expectation that the Will of a loving God will guide you into the fulfillment of something within yourself that reveals you to you.

4.  It is necessary and reasonable to expect there to be some discomfort in the fulfilling of Gomu’s Will because it will not be something that can be accomplished with isolated selfishness.  It will require you to grow beyond what you have created of yourself in isolation.

In the fulfillment of Gomu’s Will, I find Him necessary and reasonable in the making of a better life.  All this starts with the prayer, Your Will be done.

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