Step 7 of 12: Humbly Ask

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

--Carl Jung

Step 7: We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

There is a mystery to asking God. It goes to the heart of why we pray and meditate. I like the way Richard Rohr puts it in his book, Breathing Under Water when he writes, "We ask not to change God but to change ourselves. We pray to form a living relationship, not to get things done. Prayer is a symbiotic relationship with life and with God, a synergy which creates a result larger than the exchange itself."

Often when we pray, God doesn't give us an answer, but an acquiescence or peace about the answer. God has to engineer a change in us that we are incapable of making ourselves in order for the answer to make sense. Were we to self design our own plan, our addictions would still be in place, only now rationalized as acceptable, normal, just me.

There is in each of us an inherent desire to connect with God, and it would be convenient if we could just start with Step 7, but our sick thinking (our sin) makes that impossible. Our judgment is so clouded, our spiritual desire so exhausted, God seems distant and aloof.

The process of working through the first 6 Steps has helped us develop a new grateful perspective making it possible for us to harness the spiritual power (God) that's been inside us all along. It's the energy which brings clarity and humility as we realize that the power which has restored our sanity can also remove our shortcomings. All we have to do is ask.