The Serenity Prayer Has Deeper Meanings

What Is the Serenity Prayer? Is it Biblical?

The Serenity Prayer is a petition to God asking for calmness and peace in all matters of life. It asks for strength and courage to alter the matters within a person’s control and for acceptance in matters which cannot be changed. 

Chad Napier
What Is the Serenity Prayer? Is it Biblical?

Origin of the Serenity Prayer: Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr 

Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr is universally attributed as the author of what we know as “The Serenity Prayer.” Its dissemination was likely from a diary excerpt from Niebuhr’s student and collaborator Winnifred Crane Wygal. Wygal placed the prayer in newspaper articles as early as the 1930s and then, in a somewhat altered form, in a book of worship in 1940. 

Over the years, different versions of the prayer have been published. The Serenity Prayer can be found in either the common shortened form or the longer, full version with portions of language altered.

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Whatever it is that we can’t change we must be content and know that God has it under control.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.”

Serenity means to be in a calm/peaceful state.

The things in life that we can’t change (your spouse, boss, natural disasters etc.) can be looked at in a calm matter.

Whatever it is that we can’t change we must be content and know that God has it under control.

Nothing happens without His approval. He is sovereign over all things.

“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)

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