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As a young girl, I opened the hinged metal box that sat on top of the collapsible sewing machine in the living room. Inside was a piece of wrinkled vellum folded in half that crinkled when I opened it. It was the Serenity Prayer in an old fashioned script.
It sat in the tin for safe keeping.
I knew that it must have been saved for good reason and later learned that the focus of the serenity prayer was serenity, or peace.
Serenity is the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness. Just reading the definition makes me think about the peace that only the Lord Jesus offers His believers.
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How to Pray Using the Printable Serenity Prayer Printable
How can you effectively pray the serenity prayer? My suggestion would be to print out your free printable serenity prayer download and frame it for your home. You can also put it in your prayer journal or tuck it into your Bible to help you to remember to use it. Use it daily. Pray and talk to God as you would to a friend, asking for serenity, courage and wisdom. (more about that later!)
Facts about the AA Serenity Prayer
What is a Serenity Prayer?
The serenity prayer was written by Reinhold Niebuhr who followed in the footsteps of his father and became a minister. There has been much debate over the authorship, but it was finally attributed to Niebuhr. In 1948.
it was adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and became very well known as the AA Serenity Prayer, the Alcoholics Anonymous prayer and the 12 step serenity prayer.
What defines serenity and how can I apply it in my life?
The best way to define serenity is from the Bible.
Jesus told the disciples, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The word peace here is the Greek word eirēnē which means security, safety, prosperity and felicity. Another meaning is the Messiah’s peace that leads to salvation.
True peace can only come from the Creator of your soul. He made you and knows exactly what you have need of.
The Serenity Prayer verse by verse
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Accept the Things You Cannot Change
Let’s break the serenity prayer down verse by verse.
The first line of the serenity prayer asks God to grant the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change. We live in the ‘name it and claim it gospel where very popular teachers and preachers will promote that we can have anything and do anything by simply believing. The name it and claim it gospel also focuses on hardships not coming to the child of God.
This is not the gospel.
If that were the case, Paul the apostle wouldn’t have feared for his life while running from those who wanted to kill him. He also wouldn’t have written to the churches who cared for him out of their lack of material goods. (They were poor)
There is divine peace when we yield our self will and desireto control our lives to our maker.
When my husband nearly died in 2012, I was overwhelmed with divine peace when I finally gave my burden to the Lord and allowed God to take control. (You can read more about that experience in how to guard your heart against anxiety.)
There are some things in life that we cannot change.
Courage to Change the Things You Can
On the flip side, there are things that we CAN control and we make those choices daily.
We can choose to better our lives. We can choose to follow the Lord. We can choose to better ourselves and deepen our faith.
We can not simply throw something in the lap of God expecting Him to change everything for us.
God wants effort on our part.
The Bible says that faith without works is dead. Works, or doing things, will accompany our faith.
Wisdom to Know the Difference
The third portion of the Serenity prayer is the clincher, dear Sister.
It’s having the knowledge to being able to differentiate between the things that we cannot change and the things we can.
That differentiation of wisdom can only be bestowed upon us if we yield ourselves to our Maker and gain that information from God’s word.
In a nutshell, the three focus points of the serenity prayer are serenity, courage and wisdom.
Is the Serenity Prayer in the Bible?
You might be wondering which Scripture is the serenity prayer or if the serenity prayer is in the Bible. The truth is that it’s not found in the Bible.
Is the Serenity Prayer Biblical?
Maybe you’re asking yourself is Serenity Prayer Biblical? With the focus of serenity , courage and wisdom, I’d say that I think the Serenity prayer short version is Biblical. There’s also a long form serenity prayer that isn’t as well known. We have been exposed to the short version.
The Serenity Prayer-Translated
the serenity prayer has been translated into many various languages including Spanish, Italian, Hindi and Russian.
The Serenity Prayer in Spanish
Dios, concedeme la serenidad para aceptar las cosas que no puedo combiar, el valor para cambiar las cosas que peudo cambiar y la sabiduria para conocer la diferencia;
The Long Form Serenity Prayer
As mentioned previously, there is also a long form serenity prayer. I’ll add it below so you can read it.
I’ve included BOTH the long and short serenity prayer images in your freebie!
I hope the info in this post and the free printable serenity prayer is a blessing to you!
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How to Use the A.C.T.S Model When you Pray
How to Pray for Self Control
How to Pray Creatively with These Acronyms in Prayer
Pray Without Ceasing Bible Journaling