Catholic prayers to lose weight

by Michele (Brooklyn, NY)

I have been struggling to lose weight for a long time. For medical reasons I have to lose weight. I am considered obese and must lose 85lbs. I am constantly struggling. My crutch is food and I’m trying but seem to be gaining weight instead of losing. I get all upset because I know this is not me. I don’t feel good about myself and it shows. I am losing my hair, my clothes don’t fit and I feel worthless. I need a miracle in my life that will improve my self esteem and show me that I will be a success. I am currently 215lbs. I would love to get back to being a size 4. Please pray for me. God bless and thank you.

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by Penny (North Richland Hills, Texas, USA)

Lord thank you for healing me from cancer. I pray now that I may have the strength to lose weight. I want to live greater than I am right now. I want to change careers and have the energy to be successful. Please Lord help me make the right decisions, your choices.

I need to pay for my daughters college. I don’t know how this will happen, as I am still in pain and tired when I work. I know you have a plan and will make a way. Help me to stay on the path with you and not stray. Lord thank you for the peole who will read this and stop and pray for me.

Lord bless them and I pray that their prayers may be heard. I need to lose weight to be healthy and have a better chance for my cancer to not return. I need to feel confident in clothes again and be able to interview. Lord I pray all these things in your name and may your will be done. Amen

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catholic prayers to lose weight

I often receive emails for prayer for weight loss help. But the other day, I received a unique request:

“Could I ask how do I pray an extremely powerful prayer with 100% unwavering faith to ask the “I AM” to have me lose 40 kgs of weight healthy, supernaturally and miraculously?”

I wasn’t sure if I understood the request correctly, so I wrote back:

“It sounds like you are looking for a prayer that will help you lose weight without you having to do or change anything with your eating or exercise. Is that correct?”

“Yes!” He answered.

Here was my response in part and I hope it helps you too today:

I applaud you for wanting to achieve a healthy weight. I know how to pray to God for wisdom concerning weight loss, but I do not know a prayer that will enable you to lose weight without you having to do anything. Notice that I did not say that such a prayer doesn’t exist; I am just saying that I do not know one.

However, I can give you a prayer so that you can ask God for wisdom on the right daily actions to take to lose weight. Here is that prayer:

Gracious heavenly Father, you have said in your word that if anyone lacks wisdom, all they need to do is ask and you will give them wisdom liberally and without reproach (James 1:5). I come to you in the name of Jesus asking for wisdom to take care of myself so that I may glorify you in my body and my spirit (1 Corinthians 6:20). Give me the desire to choose foods that bring energy and vitality to my body and clarity to my mind. Give me enthusiasm to exercise so that I may strengthen my body and have the energy to do the things I need to do. Most of all, Lord, give me wisdom to put you first in my life because You have said that if I seek first your kingdom and all its righteousness, my needs will be taken care of. Thank you, Father, for giving me the gift of abundant wisdom today. Amen.

Now that you are asking God for wisdom, consider the wisdom that he has already given you. Here is a scripture to ponder:

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17).”

What good things do you already know to do that will help your body stay healthy? According to this scripture, you have a responsibility to do them. Write down all the wisdom that you already have about health. Then ask God daily to help you put it into action – starting today.

Even if you lost weight supernaturally, you will need wisdom to avoid regaining the weight you lost if poor health habits were the cause of your weight gain.

Do not ever give up striving to be healthy; that is the 100% way that you will never get what you want. At least if you are working on it, you are giving yourself a fighting chance!

My prayer for you today is that you put your faith into action every day. According to scripture, you will inherit the promises of God when you put faith and patience to work.

Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor
Author of the ‘Take Back Your Temple’ ebook

P.S. When strength to continue your weight loss program fades, you need supernatural help! With The Weight Loss Prayers, you’ll get 30 success prayers adapted from my own successful 85-pound weight loss journey. 

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Losing weight is difficult. For those of you that have attempted it, you know just how trying of a season it can be. While your friends go out to eat at your favorite burger place, you’re stuck at home; or worse, you sit at the restaurant and drink water, salivating over everyone else’s food. Many people have rightly pointed out that a diet is really just “die” with a “t” at the end. However, you can reach your weight loss goals, but it will require accountability, determination, and even encouragement. The best place to get encouragement, of course, is the Holy Scriptures. So, here are the top 7 bible verses to help with weight loss.

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Before everything else, you must understand that losing weight is not just about you—it’s about God. It may sound a bit funny, but the Bible says that all things should be done to the glory of God, not just some things. All means all. So, you trying to lose weight is another potential area of your life in which you can glorify and worship Jesus. When this is on your mind, weight loss becomes much more meaningful.

catholic prayers to lose weight

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

What a humbling realization; you are not your own! Your body is not just about you. The Holy Spirit takes residence within you, thus you must give it a healthy place to be! If you are carrying too much extra weight around, it will be difficult to certain things, you might be more prone to depression, have loss of energy, and so forth. When all of that happens, it becomes difficult for you to pour into other people’s lives and encourage them. Ask yourself the question: if you were in better shape, could you have more opportunities to spread the gospel and do ministry?

Galatians 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

Believe it or not, this is not necessarily taking the verse out of context. The lust of the flesh often includes: selfishness, lack of self-control, drunkenness, envy, wrath, etc. In other words, it is not very disciplined. When trying to lose weight, you have to be extremely disciplined. You cannot afford to continually slip up. Not to mention, the issue and sin of gluttony is very real. Sometimes, people eat a lot of portions and junk food when they are upset. They sincerely want to lose weight, but grief, stress, and anxiousness often work against progress. The Spirit is definitely needed to help with losing weight, because it’s essentially denying the flesh!

Proverbs 23:2 “And put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite.”

This passage is talking specifically about dining with a ruler or king, but a principle can certainly be drawn from it. Many people, especially Americans, have a huge appetite, gluttonous even. And, it wouldn’t be too surprising to learn that those who have a lack of self-control with food have a lack of self-control in other areas of their life too. Show me a disciplined man with food, and I can show you somehow who is more likely to be disciplined in bible reading, prayer, etc. (of course, this is a generalization).

 Proverbs 28:7 “whoever keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.”

Gluttony can certainly be shameful. Doesn’t it appear that, once you start dieting, your appetite increases and you crave junk food all the time? It can certainly feel shameful at that time, especially for the one going through it! Yet, this verse often shows that you must be careful who you are hanging around when dieting. Hanging out with friends while they eat McDonalds is probably not the best support you could have.

Proverbs 12:1 “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid”

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! You may have some friends who know a fair amount about what foods to eat or how to perform certain workout routines. Whatever the case is, if you are good at handling instruction, you can go pretty far with your weight loss. If you are terrible at it, however, you will likely experience a very slow weight loss process or even give it up altogether.

Corinthians 9:27 “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest when I have preached to others I myself should become disqualified.”

Once again, although this verse is not specifically about losing weight, good principles can be taken from it. Above all, in order to reach your weight loss goals, you need discipline. Set a goal, a workable plan towards your goal, track your progress, and stay on track! If you do that, you will be shedding the pounds in no time.

Conclusion

Losing weight is very hard, but these Bible verses can help you stay motivated and encouraged during your diet and exercise season. But remember what 1 Timothy 4:8 says: “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having a promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

Michael Krauszer is the founder of ChristianLitReview.com, a website dedicated to providing a Christian perspective on all forms of literature. Additionally, Michael has been a full-time staff member at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge for the last four years, working as a Ministry Assistant and Pastoral Intern. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from The College of New Jersey and is currently in pursuit of his MA in Theological Studies from Veritas Evangelical Seminary. Michael is also a Christian freelance writer and you can find some of his writing at FaithAndEntertainment. Visit Michael’s Facebook page here: Christian Literature Review

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