Step Eleven

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve
our conscious contact with God
as we understood Him,
praying only for knowledge of His will for us
and the power to carry that out.

Step Questions
Leader's Share

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Recovery;

Here are the questions that pertain to Step 11.


  1. Is there something in your life right now that is making you feel sad or causing you to feel hurt? First write about it in response to this question. Second, in prayer, tell God how you feel hurt or sad. Tell God everything about it. Say this prayer every day for one week.

  2. For step 10, question 3, you prepared a balance sheet. For each day, you wrote the things you've done right -good intentions, good thoughts and good acts on one side. On the other side, you wrote the things you feel you could have improved upon. List the things you have done right and your good acts. Make another listing of the things you could have improved upon. What have you learned from this exercise?

  3. Discuss and reflect on how taking time daily to set myself apart with God improves my conscious contact with Him and changes your life.

  4. How has prayer and meditation helped you to be free of self-will run riot?

  5. How do you apply the principle that your recovery depends upon God?

  6. Discuss the importance of spending daily quiet time alone with God. How do you do this in your life on a daily basis?

  7. Discuss and reflect on the idea that we shall locate our trouble in our misunderstanding or neglect of Step Eleven, prayer, meditation and the guidance of God.


        Prayer and keeping contact with God is the backbone of my recovery. I used to attend classes at my former employer’s training institute, which was in another state. Many times, I would feel sad during the evenings because I would be alone while my fellow students went out in groups for dinner and fellowship. When I felt this way, it would be reflected in my food choices. One trip, I decided that I needed to work the 11th step by telling God that I felt sad and lonely during the evenings and that I long for the fellowship with my fellow students. God spoke to me through other people during the first day of class and I was asked if I wanted to join a group to dinner that night. I had so much fellowship that week that I kept praising God for His wonderful works and miracles in my life.

        Throughout my life, I never had many friends (if any) because I was not one to initiate friendships. However, God has placed people in my life when I needed them whenever I got out of God’s way.

        A big portion of my disease is isolation and loneliness. My recovery depends on fellowship with my peers and connecting with other people who love me as I am and care about me.

        The more time I spend in prayer with God, the better my program is. When I get “too busy” and forget this very important part of the program, my food choices and my overall program goes south on me.

        God’s holy spirit is alive in me and I say PRAISE GOD with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength! God is good!!!!!!!

Love In Recovery,

Dennis Tisdale

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