Bill W. and Dr. Bob were the two co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill is perhaps slightly better known, but Bob was certainly as instrumental as Bill in helping to set the stage for what has become AA as we know it today.
Regarding the 3rd Step ("Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him") what the Big Book says about this Step (and by extrapolation -- for me -- all prayer) is that "The wording was, of course, quite optional so long as we expressed the idea, voicing it without reservation." And so while I have come to find the 3rd Step Prayer printed in the Big Book to be just about perfect, I think it's well worth reflecting on Bob's more personal version.
I'm particularly fond of the line: "I'm not sure I want You to, but do it anyhow."
On many some days I can only say to that, "Amen, Bob."
I'm sorry about the mess I've made of my life.
I want to turn away from all the wrong things I've ever done and all the wrong things I've ever been. Please forgive me for it all.
know You have the power to change my life and can turn me into a
winner. Thank You, God for getting my attention long enough to interest
me in trying it Your way.
God, please take over the management of
my life and everything about me. I am making this conscious decision to
turn my will and my life over to Your care and am asking You to please
take over all parts of my life.
Please, God, move into my heart.
However You do it is Your business, but make Yourself real inside me
and fill my awful emptiness. Fill me with your love and Holy Spirit and
make me know Your will for me. And now, God, help Yourself to me and
keep on doing it. I'm not sure I want You to, but do it anyhow.
I rejoice that I am now a part of Your people, that my uncertainty is gone forever, and that You now have control of my will and my life. Thank You and I praise Your name. Amen.