There is such wonderful stuff written about this step on pages 86 and 87 of our big book, I could write it all here, but you could go look it up yourselves, right? And most of you probably could recite it!
And as you know, I did not mean for these 12 days of writing about the steps to be instructions to anyone... I just wanted to share my own experiences.
When I got sober, I hadn't lost my faith, but it just wasn't very practical faith and didn't get used very often. When I was told as a newcomer to AA to pray daily, I started doing that. I wrote my own third step prayer (yikes) and used that for years as my morning prayer. Usually, I would remember to pray while driving down I-25 at 60 miles an hour, on my way to work. Being the divorced mother of three small children, I wasn't good at making the time necessary for me to have real prayer and meditation.
As the years have passed, this has changed. For me, this has taken years to evolve. I am not recommending that anyone else take years though.
As I said, I started by saying a prayer I wrote myself while driving to work. Then AA published a "Daily Reflections" book and I started reading that daily. Then I went back to the "24 Hours a Day" book, which I had read sporadically in early sobriety. Then I found the book that the 24 Hours book had been based on and started reading that daily. Then my involvement in my church grew and I started reading the daily Bible passages each day. All of this was and is helpful. But the the most amazing thing has happened to me in the last month: I finally started meditation, twice a day, each for twenty minutes. It has been the most amazing thing. I had to take a class to learn how to do this, and I am so glad I did.
This step is so easy because it does not demand anything but an effort. You do not have to do any particular thing or believe any particular way. You just have to try for a conscious contact with whatever your concept of God is. I think God has met me more than half-way on this. I believe He is happy to help us with our disbelief if we are willing.
If you had told me 24 years ago what I would be doing today with prayer and meditation, I would have run the other way. I certainly didn't want to spend hours every day praying! I definitely did not want to read the Bible! Let alone study it! I didn't want to go to church! I didn't want to do all the stuff those people wanted me to do! But I am gladly doing all of this and more... and it started with a tiny little hand written prayer.
Oops! Time to go meditate before I run this morning!