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Common Narcotics Anonymous Prayers & Mottos

In most 12 step programs including Narcotics Anonymous, prayers and mottos are a big part. Below, you’ll find the most common prayers and mottos used in the Narcotics Anonymous program.

3rd Step Prayer

Take my will and my life, guide me in my recovery, show me how to live.

“3rd Step Prayer” -Narcotics Anonymous

Serenity Prayer

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.

“Serenity Prayer” -Narcotics Anonymous

Gratitude Motto

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.

“Gratitude Motto” -Narcotics Anonymous

Basic Text Preface

We cannot change the nature of the addict or addiction. We can help to change the old lie “Once an addict, always an addict,” by striving to make recovery more available. God, help us to remember this difference.

“Basic Text Preface Prayer” -Narcotics Anonymous

Service Prayer

GOD, grant us knowledge

that we may write

according to Your Divine precepts.

Instill in us a sense of Your purpose.

Make us servants of Your will

and grant us a bond of selflessness,

that this may truly be Your work,

not ours —in order that

no addict, anywhere, need die from the horrors of addiction.

“Service Prayer” -Narcotics Anonymous

Service Statement

Everything that occurs in the course of NA Service must be motivated by the desire to more successfully carry the message of recovery to the addict who still suffers. It was for this reason that we began this work. We must always remember that as individual members, groups and service committees, we are not and should never be in competition with each other.

We work separately and together to help the newcomer and for our common good. We have learned, painfully, that internal strife cripples our Fellowship; and prevents us from providing the services necessary for growth.

“Service Statement” -Narcotics Anonymous
Common Narcotics Anonymous Prayers

NA Prayer FAQs

What is the NA 3 step prayer?

The NA 3rd Step Prayer is a prayer from Narcotics Anonymous, a 12-step program for individuals recovering from drug addiction. The prayer goes as follows:

“God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always.”

What do they say at the end of NA meetings?

At the end of NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings, in most places, the group will often recite a short prayer like the Serenity Prayer. Afterwards, the standard closing phrase is “Keep coming back, it works if you work it.”


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