From the September 2019 magazine.

The answer to my prayer

He was constantly searching for this Higher Power thing. Then one day in a meeting he found it

My sponsor taught me to pray. He started me off with the simplest prayer: “Help.” He called it the intellectual’s prayer because I could say it and still reserve my right not to believe in God. I didn’t even have to use the word “God,” just that one essential word. He asked, since I thought of myself as an intellectual, if I thought I could memorize it. OK wise guy, I memorized it. 

The first time I used this one-word prayer I wanted a drink so badly it physically hurt all the way through my chest and abdomen. The prayer worked. I stopped wanting a drink. I stopped hurting. My muscles relaxed. The prayer had a measurable external, physical result. 

-- Thomas G.

Silver Springs, Maryland

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