As I write this I am 3 years sober from alcohol, over the past 3 years of sobriety I have adopted some new habits, one of which is praying and it has become an important part of my life and has helped me through many difficult situations.
When I stopped drinking, I regained an interest in the spiritual side of life, I thought about going to church and was more interested than before in spirituality in general. About this time my husband gave me a beautiful Pink Bible as a gift one Easter. Some versions of the Bible are very difficult to read, the most popular Bible is the ESV Bible, The English Standard Version, an “essentially literal” translation.
Proverbs and Psalms
I found the easiest way to get started reading the Bible was to begin with the Proverbs and the Psalms, as I began reading I decided to put what was asked to the test. It isn’t easy to sum up ones entire spiritual philosophy so I’m not going to attempt it, I know that we all have our own ideas. I do want to share that a couple of interesting things happened. I almost immediately noticed (at the age of 33) that practically every self-help book I had read prior to this was based on almost the sAme principles in the Bible, I felt like a fool discovering this so late in life, so for anyone who has ever read a self-help book or is thinking about it, try the Proverbs and Psalms first. Regardless of religion, I think the Proverbs and Psalms provide practical advice that I wours have liked to learn earlier in life. An easy way to understand the parables in the Bible is to get a 365 Day Devotional Bible, bite sized daily teachings, I love these, the link is for the most popular one on Amazon.
Praying is Therapeutic
As I embarked on testing the Bible and began praying on a regular basis, I noticed that many of the anxieties I suffered during early sobriety eased significantly, praying was becoming very therapeutic, whether I’m actually just having a chat with myself or with a God, I felt/feel much better dealing with life this way and have continued to pray frequently since.
Bible Verses for Sobriety & Recovery
Some of you may have arrived at this page wanting to know what the Bible says about sobriety, below are some verses from the Bible about prayer. There are simple prayers such as “Please give me understanding and courage to face whatever comes my way today” you ask what you nend. I often ask for healing, peace of mind, and an answer to a problem.
I am also including a link to Alcoholics Victorius A Topical Index of Bible Verses for People in Recovery so you can search specifically.
“What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Jesus – Mark 11:22
“Thank God, for all he does”
“If you need Wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you”
“If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them”
Jesus – Matthew 18:19
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
“Are you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises”
James – 5:13
“You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it”
Jesus- Matthew 21:22
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive them”
Jesus – Matthew 21:22