My prayer was answered
February 2022 | Getting Through Tough Times | Step Two

My prayer was answered

I would say out loud in meetings that, “God let me down. I went to church and was praying to stop drinking and now I’m stuck here in AA.” Finally a guy cross-talked me.

Like most of us, I knew I was in trouble with alcohol long before I I came to AA. During the last two years of my drinking, I went back to church to pray my drinking away. I’d go to church and just pray about my drinking. Then I’d get home from church and I’d be drinking again. It just wasn’t working.

I crashed and burned and finally took that longest walk of my life to the door of an AA meeting. When I got through the door, I found the people inside were praying and talking all this God stuff. I just wanted to run, but I stuck it out.

I would say out loud in meetings that, “God let me down. I went to church and was praying to stop drinking and now I’m stuck here in AA.” Finally a guy cross-talked me and told me that my prayer had been answered because I had arrived at the place where I could stop drinking.

That hit me like a brick wall. His comment gave me hope that my prayer had indeed been answered and that I truly was somewhere where I could stop drinking. He was right. My prayer was answered.

About two years later I was at a Roundup in the mountains of Virginia. At a workshop after the AA speaker meeting, we were all asked to share about “When and how I came to believe”

As soon as that question was posed, I flashed back to that meeting in early sobriety when that guy told me my prayer had been answered. That was the moment I came to believe in a power greater than myself. Turns out the Second Step was working me before I even knew it was working me. That memory has sustained me and gives me hope and strength to stay sober to this day.

 

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