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A Study of Step 7

The 12 Steps of A.A. and Al-Anon


Updated February 11, 2014

The spiritual focus of Step 7 is humility, asking a higher power to do something that cannot be done by self-will or mere determination.

Step 7
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
This step is the culmination of a great deal or preparation of working the "middle steps" of the 12-step programs. After carefully taking a moral inventory, admitting our faults and becoming willing to have them removed, the final step in the process is to humbly ask for help in removing those character defects that may have been in effect for many years.

These faults can range from simply having been dishonest -- lying about problems to others -- or having held resentments against love ones. Or these faults may involve much more serious offenses. Regardless, the 12 steps provide a path to freedom from the past and a opportunity to begin anew.

But taking Step 7 is not always as simple as it seems, as visitors to the bulletin board here at the Alcoholism site have pointed out in their shares on this topic, as our study of the 12 Traditions and 12 Steps continues:

More about Step 7

Mentally Ready
"How could I ask God for help without knowing precisely what was needed?"

Hard Work
"These things do not just come to us overnight. They are acquired through the hard work of the prior steps."

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