Can Prayer Actually Help You Lose Weight?
In recent years, there has been a new philosophy about weight loss and that is that you can “pray the pounds off.” It is based on a quote from Luke 6:25: “But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry.” This is not a quote that is saying that eating is a sin. However, not eating in moderation may be a sin because it defiles the body “your Temple of the Holy Spirit” and causes medical problems much as back pain, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Another issue that Christians have with overeating is that food should not be your source of “feeling good.” That feeling should come from your relationship with God, which is your own source of goodness. In essence, caring more about the welfare of your stomach then you care about your soul is a sin; not the act of eating to provide your body with the fuel and nutrition it needs to thrive.
Yet another consideration is that overeating drains the environment of needed resources, including the extra food, extra large clothing, and the fuel wasted transporting and supporting an obese body that cannot walk or fend for itself.
One of the affirmations that is common when it comes to praying that the pounds will peel off is John 3:30 - “HE must increase, but I must decrease.” Praying this day and night acts as a way of giving your obesity problem over to God to handle; the more spiritual you are the less you will desire food.
Another spiritual prescription for weight loss is to read the first twenty-one verses of the Gospel of John, which details the meeting of Nicodemus (a wealthy and decadent individual) with Jesus. These verses are all about being “Born Again.” When you embark to redo yourself and make yourself fit this is all part of being “born again.”
Many churches in the United States conduct weight loss meetings called WORD. This is an acronym that stands for Winning through Obedience, Repentance and Deliverance. It also simply stands for following the “Word of God.” In these meetings, people gather as a group to discuss their accountability for the behaviors that might be causing them to gain weight.
The goal of WORD is to be spiritually whole. A point sheet and a work sheet is used to help members achieve their weight loss goals. The goal of the program in terms of an achievement is to reach 100 points. Fifty of those points have to do with reaching goals to do with eight loss. Other areas in life account for ten points each and have to do with developing such healthy lifestyle habits as getting enough water, getting enough sleep, attending the WORD meetings regularly and memorizing and applying Scripture verses. This is actually a Christian holistic strategy that can succeed in fixing bad lifestyle habits.
Lines from the scriptures that are used to help weight loss are:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillippians 1:6. This is an affirmation that can help you avoid tempting foods and keep working out even when you feel you can’t even more.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7. Say this when you feel yourself discouraged or hating your body or feeling that you do not have the discipline to meet your goals.
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14. This is a great line to repeat every time you feel your conviction to lose weight softening or being sabotaged by a life situation.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.
Yet another aspect of “Christian dieting” is the ancient practice of fasting while praying. Going without food for days while praying for your weight loss goals is the actual weight loss program advocated by some churches or religious groups. Still, before you embark on that or any type of weight loss program, you should check with your physician to make sure that you are on the right track.
Praying every morning for God to help you to lose weight can help. The procedure is simple. In the mornings, every morning, locate a quiet spot where you can privately say a prayer. Ask for will power and the guidance to make good food choices to help you lose weight during the day. Ask that any defects of character preventing you from sticking to your diet be removed. If you do feel tempted to reach for a snack, then say a prayer and ask God for the strength to resist what you are desiring.
It also helps to thank God for what you are about to eat. In your prayer, ask for the will power not to be gluttonous and ask for the stamina to eat only what your body needs to be fuelled and healthy. This can help you stick to your weight loss goal.
At night, it is also a good idea to say a prayer of thanks for the pounds that you have lost and be grateful for the foods you were able to consume in the day.
So how much weight can you lose “praying to the lose the pounds.” Like most weight loss programs, this one has been known to have variable results. Praying has not always resulted in permanent weight loss either. However, it is widely known that having a positive attitude and the faith that you can get the weight off can go a long way towards helping you adopt positive lifestyle habits.