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You undoubtedly came to check out this post about prayer for weight loss because you are currently on a weight loss journey or you have been combatting weight issues for some time. I welcome you and hope you find some peace, encouragement, hope, and love in the prayer for weight loss I’ve written for you.
Dieting is often a rollercoaster because there are so many factors that go into losing weight especially emotions – and oh boy do I know that. I am currently on my own weight loss journey, and I have learned a lot in my endeavor of dieting and seeking a healthy lifestyle.
One of my biggest lessons in all of this has been that I have surrendered to weight loss being a journey and a journey is just that, a journey. Sometimes we will have good days and others we will not. Dieting is hard because we have to eat. We can’t just quit eating! So we have to eat. What’s important are the foods we choose. I pray you choose well today. I pray that temptation does not win. Keep staying on the road, it is worth it!
It really is worth it, seeking after your goals and being able to stay on the course is the ultimate goal. I hope that prayer for weight loss brings a lot of encouragement for you on your own journey!
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Prayer For Weight Loss
Gracious God, I have a goal and a desire to be more healthy. I know only true health comes from you. While it may be tough, I know if I stay the course I will succeed. However, some moments and even days are tough for my mind wants what will cause me to fail. Help me fight off those temptations. Help me to stay the course. I need your strength, and I need you to provide my determination. Help me to find clever ways to stay focused and on the path, for you are the Creator of all and You know what I need. Thank you always. Amen.
God, I want to lose weight. I have been in a cycle for so many years being in the body I do not want to be in, so I need You. I come to You because You can aid me in my journey toward health, for you are the God of health and restoration. Guide me and help me to follow You, please! Amen.
God, I do not know how to feed myself properly. I gravitate to foods that are not nutritional. I do not know how to crave an apple or a salad. I really know how to crave fast food. I need you to switch my desires. I need you to come and help me. Amen.
God, the scale hasn’t moved in days, and I am getting frustrated. I am doing everything right, but this “lack of progress” makes me want to give up. Please help me overcome this small hurdle so that I can stay on the path toward my goal of health. Amen.
God, I confess I overeat. I find myself eating and eating and eating some more until I am really full. This comforts me, and I do not know why! Reveal my brokenness in this bad habit. I need Your wisdom. Amen.
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My Personal Struggles with Weight Loss
I have struggled with my weight all of my life. In my adult life, I have to take medication which has a side effect of weight gain. However, a lot of it is because of my bad habits and the bad foods that I put into my body as well as my lack of physical activity.
I have had successes. In college I lost 50 pounds, but I gained it back then more. In the early 2000s I lost 90 pounds. But, over time for many reasons, the weight crept back on again till this summer when I realized I was 12 pounds away from my maximum weight. I have gone to dieticians/nutritionists in the past and am going now, but I know what I need to do. Putting it into practice and making it a part of my daily routine and finding the will power and self-discipline to sustain it is my problem.
Over the last 6 months I lost 26 pounds. That is not as fast as I would like, but it is progress. I even lost 8 pounds over the holidays. But, this last month, I have struggled with the same 6 pounds up and down. I don’t know what is wrong with me. I have a goal and I want it really badly, so why can’t I get it together and lose the weight?
The nutritionist said to reach my desired weight, I needed to lose 109 pounds. I had already lost some before I began seeing him. I have mini goals and I was seeing progress and had momentum, but then it stopped. I have prayed about it many times before, but today I sat down and wrote my prayer asking for God’s assistance in helping me reach my goal. I hope that it can help you as well.
My Weight Loss Prayer:
Thank you Lord for Jesus Christ your son who died on the cross to save us from our sins. Please, Lord, forgive me for my sins. I realize that gluttony is a sin and it is something that I am guilty of and want to change, but I need your help.
Dear Lord, help me to get my self-discipline, self-control, and personal restraint back. Please help me to focus on my goal of getting healthy and losing weight and toning my body. Please help me find the time to cook so that I can control what goes into my food and my body rather than eating foods that are bad for me such as fast food or over- indulging at restaurants.
When I do go out, please help me to make wise choices and not over-eat because it tastes good. Help me to think of food as something I need to live rather than something to be consumed while celebrating or using it to comfort me. Please help me to find my comfort and consolation in you.
Please help me to want to eat healthily because it is satisfying and tastes good and makes me feel better both physically and emotionally as well as giving me more energy. Please help me to remember that all of the extra chemicals and additives and processed food make me fat. Please help me to consume natural foods with simple ingredients closest to the way that you created them. Help me not to crave fats, sweets, and salt because eating them makes my body crave them more and it becomes a perpetual cycle of bad eating and cravings.
Please give me the desire, energy, and time to work out and exercise even when I don’t want to. I always feel better and refreshed after I do exercise even when I think I won’t. Please help me not to injure myself, but to challenge my body and not reach a plateau. Please help me to vary my workouts so that I do not get bored, and so that I work all of my muscles.
Please help me not to worry about what I look like while I am exercising and help me not to compare myself to the others I see. Help me not to be embarrassed or ashamed of how I let myself get this way and help me remember that I am doing something about it now.
Please help me remember that most of my weight gain was my fault, but that there have been other factors such as medication and health issues that have contributed to it. Please help me not to be too hard on myself and feel guilty. Help me to remember that it took a while to get here and that it will take a while to get back to where I want to be.
Please help me not to give up or lose focus, but to have faith in myself. Please help me to regroup and begin again when I do overindulge or have setbacks or don’t meet my own expectations. Please don’t let me give up or get frustrated, but help me to see where I went wrong.
Help me to see the results of my efforts on the scale and in the way my clothes fit. Please help me to be happy with myself and love myself throughout this journey and always, no matter what my weight is. Help others to look past the extra pounds and to see me for who I am rather than what I look like.
Please, Lord, help me to do these things and help me remember 1 Corinthians 6:19: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
Help me to treat my body well and make it the best it can be. Help me to be the best version of myself and honor the body you gave me. Help me to be heathier so that my physical infirmities will lessen or go away completely. Help me to treat my body in a way that will glorify your creation of me and prevent me from destroying myself.
Please Lord, help me remember “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) Please remind me of 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
When I have moments of weakness, temptations, or self-loathing, help me to seek you and pray so that you can encourage me. Help me to remember that you love me no matter what and that you are there to help me as I work to better myself.
Please help me find friends and family to encourage and support me and notice my hard work and celebrate my successes so that I do not lose hope of reaching my goals. When people do not notice, it makes me think my hard work is for nothing. Please help people not to cut me down or point out how much more I have to lose/ how far I still need to go, but help them tell me they are proud of what I have accomplished. Please help me to use that encouragement and momentum to know I can succeed and keep working at it.
Please help me remember that I am setting a bad example for non-believers and that they will wonder why I do not have my life together and why I seek food rather than seeking God to fulfill me. Help me keep Romans 14:17 in mind: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” and Matthew 4:4 “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
I hope that this prayer will help others too, as we petition you to help us. Please let us know that we are not alone and that a lot of people have this same struggle. Please help us know that it does not mean we are bad people, but help us know that we can make a better version of ourselves by becoming healthy with our diet, exercise, emotional health, and body image.
Please help me have a shapely body that gets me back to where I want to be and helps me feel better about myself and look healthier for the people in my life whom I care about. Help me to know that there was a time and a reason for me to be this way, but that I do not have to be this way anymore.
Help me to know the role that I played in getting to this point and that it is up to me to do something and change my habits in order to live up to my potential. Let Hebrews 12:11 keep me going. “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.”
Thank you, Lord, for all you do for me and for the many blessings that you have bestowed upon me. Please hear my prayer.
Healthy food choice prayer
Copyright Wendy M. Weathers 2015. All rights reserved.
When you are in pain because of a personal loss, prayer can help you endure and find hope. Today you may be experiencing emotional pain and the pain is very real. Perhaps pain from a broken relationship. Maybe you are experiencing pain that comes with death and the loss of a loved one like I am. Perhaps you are dealing with the loss of a job. The loss of a pet. The loss of a home.
Prayer When You Are in Pain Following a Loss
Father God, each day we as Christians go through losses and sometimes these losses cause pain. Pain is so different for each and every one of us. Pain is real. It is a season that sometimes lasts what seems like an eternity. At some point on this Christian journey we are all going to experience the pain associated with a loss.
But Father God, I thank you that I don’t have to face this journey alone. I don’t have to weather the storm alone. I can find joy through my pain because of the unlimited grace that you cover me with. Grace that is sufficient for all my needs. Father God, you promised me before, you promise me today and you will always promise me that all I have to do is lean on you. Trust in you and let my faith take over. Please remind me to remember that one day when I walk through the heavens holding the Shepherds hand, that then I will understand.
Father God, these journeys of pain are sometimes hard to bear.
Father God, remind me each day to simply hold your hand and trust in you, Amen.
My Personal Experiences
I was married to a very sweet and caring man, Gene Justice for 40 years. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007. We knew what would be coming down the road and he never wanted to get to that place. He was definitely a praying man and God heard his prayers as he prayed without ceasing. His prayer was answered on June 11, 2016. Gene basically went to sleep early on the morning of June 11, and never woke up. What a peaceful way to cross over the river Jordan and walk the streets of gold. To wake up and see the face of Jesus. To have a memory restored.
Although I know that Gene is with Jesus, I still experience the pain of losing him. As I walk through this journey of my own dealing with the pain of my husband’s death, there are days when I struggle mightily. There are days when my energy level is zapped. But I just take time to listen to a good ole Gospel song or I start reading the Psalms. Then my loving heavenly Father replenishes my hurting soul with joy that only He can give.
So no matter what pain you are having today. No matter what loss you are dealing with. Give it to God. Let God be your Rock. Remember that with God, you will soon be able to say, It is Well With My Soul.
Scripture: I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13) My rock.
Remember to leave your mark on the world today.
Other helpful prayers
Prayer while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s
Talking to God when enduring grief
A prayer for hope and assurance that death is not the end
Having coffee with Jesus prayer
Copyright Mary Justice 2016. All rights reserved.
Losing a loved one can bring about a sudden feeling of shock and trouble. Reciting a traditional prayer for comfort can help to bring you consolation and reassurance. Here is a look at some great prayers for loss of a loved one.
Comfort me with Your love O God
Wrap me up in Your strong embrace
Shelter me from the storm O Lord
Envelop me in Your tender care
By day I pour out my heartbreak to You
By night I give you my racing thoughts
In You I take refuge
In You I will not be afraid
For you hold me strong, You hold me safe
Calm my fearful heart O God
Still my anxious mind O Lord
For all my life is found in You
All my being is given to You
All my hope begins in You
Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel.
My heart is broken and my spirit mourns.
All I know is that Your grace is sufficient.
This day, this hour
Moment by moment
I choose to lean on You,
For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest.
I pour out my grief to You
And praise You that on one glorious day
When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered
We shall walk together again.
Our Father in heaven, may Your Name be honored. There is none greater than You. You are our refuge and strength. You are always ready to help in times of trouble. We praise You, Lord. We lift our hearts with praise. It is good to sing praises to You, our God; how delightful and how right! Lord, You are great and mighty in power. Your understanding is infinite. We thank You, Father, for the life of our loved one(s) who have gone on to be with You. Thank You for their time on earth and the impact they had on our lives. We are thankful to You and we bless Your Name.
Father, You can count the stars and call them all by name. Your power is absolute. Your understanding is beyond comprehension. You support the humble and bring the wicked down into the dust. You comfort those who mourn. We declare that those grieving the death of a loved one; mourning will turn into dancing. We confess that You are their rock, fortress, and Savior in whom they will find protection. You are their shield, and the strength of their salvation. Father, You are their stronghold. As they call on You, You have promised to answer. We believe that You will be with them during this period of bereavement, rescue them from grief, honor them, and give them Your salvation.
Father, we ask You to send Your peace to those persons who are mourning. Continue to surround them with family, friends and loved ones who will offer words of comfort. Give them sweet and restful sleep. Father, remove the spirit of heaviness, and give them garments of praise. In due time, bless their lives to overflow with laughter and joy again. As they take refuge in You, please help them to put their trust in You. Holy Spirit, we ask that You settle the hearts and minds of those who are feeling any guilt, resentment, bitterness, or anger. Help them not to look back but to press forward.
Father, forgive the bereaved for any sins they have committed through thoughts, words, or deeds. Forgive them if they have not meditated on Your Word to find comfort. Father, forgive them if they have not been totally submissive to Your perfect will for their lives. Forgive them for any hurtful things they may have said or done to the deceased. Lord, help them to forgive the deceased if necessary. Please remind them of anyone they need to forgive; and help them to forgive quickly.
Loving Father, I am finding it so hard to even get up out of bed to start the day, knowing that I have to face it alone and without the one I love so dearly – I know that without Your grace and sufficiency I could never get through the day – but I thank You that You have promised to be with me and to provide me with Your strength for the day as well as bright hope for tomorrow.
I can’t imagine tomorrow being anything but a day filled with pain – as I do not have my loved one beside me, but I ask that in Your grace You will give me the strength to get through today, step by step – knowing that You are there to carry me, even when my heart seems to fail from the grief and pain that I am going through.
Thank You that You have promised to carry our pain and thank You that Your grace is sufficient for every eventuality in our lives. Give me the strength and to cope with the loneliness I feel and help me to move forward in my life-plans, knowing that You are with me, to support and strengthen.
Give me hope for tomorrow – for my hope and my trust is in You, Lord. Hold me close I pray and thank You for always being with me and the great comfort that I have in knowing You, as my own dear Saviour and friend.
Loving Lord and Heavenly king, I want to lift up some dear friends of mind that are going through much grief at the moment and are finding it so difficult to come to terms with all that has taken place in the last few days…
I humbly ask that You would come to them and provide the comfort they need to come to terms with all that has happened – and the strength to face the reality that things will never be as they were.
Lord I know that their grief seems to be overwhelming them and I am hurting for them, and know not what to do to help – and so I am coming to You to in prayer, to ask that You will meet each of them at their point of need and help them to turn to You at this sad time.
I pray that as the day passes Your healing touch will comfort and succour them in this time of distress and may this be a thing that causes each of them to draw closer to You, knowing that You alone can heal the broken-hearted and bring joy out of pain.
Thank You Lord for being there for me and into Your hands I place each one of these dear ones who have such sadness in their hearts – I KNOW in Whom I believe and an confident that You will bring good out of this situation – and to You be all the praise and glory, Amen
Loving Lord I am filled with grief and sadness at the loss of my precious loved one – and yet that pain is tinged with gold, knowing that they trusted you as their Saviour and that they are now in Your presence.
I know that I am going to miss this precious one, who has been my strength and my joy for so long, and thank You for the precious times we had together.
Often Lord I expect my dear one to just be there, or walk through the door – and then remember that they have gone home to be with You. At times this is quite hard and yet I know that I must not grieve as those that have not hope in Jesus – but rejoice knowing that the day is coming when we will be together with You and You will wipe away all tears from our eyes – but at the moment my loss is like an open wound – and I pray that You will heal my brokenness and the loneliness I feel… and draw me every closer into Your arms of love my Lord and my God.
Thank You for all You are to me and may I rest in You in Jesus name, Amen
My heart is reaching out to you,
For what you’re going through;
I’m thinking of you frequently
And praying for you, too.
If there’s something I can do,
Anything at all,
Think of me thinking of you,
And don’t hesitate to call.
When someone we love passes away,
We ache, but we go on;
Our dear departed would want us to heal,
After they are gone.
Grief is a normal way to mend
The anguish and pain in our hearts;
We need time to remember and time to mourn,
Before the recovery starts.
Let’s draw together to recuperate,
As we go through this period of sorrow;
Let’s help each other, with tender care
To find a brighter tomorrow.
If we could bring you back again,
For one more hour or day,
We’d express all our unspoken love;
We’d have countless things to say.
If we could bring you back again,
We’d say we treasured you,
And that your presence in our lives
Meant more than we ever knew.
If we could bring you back again,
To tell you what we should,
You’d know how much we miss you now,
And if we could, we would.
If there was ever a time in my life I was weak, it was the days, weeks, and months after my daughter died. To know that God’s strength was at it’s best when I needed it the most gave me courage to take another breath. It seems impossible to “glory in my affirmities” when you don’t feel you have the strength to go on with your life, but God’s grace *is* sufficient. There is power through Christ Jesus to sustain you when nothing else can. You must allow Him to carry the burden – there are things too big for us to handle on our own. We cannot as mothers (and fathers) get through the loss of a child and retain any sanity without His help.
I don’t think it’s wrong to ask “why” – I have many times over the years. But you have to recognize God’s authority and know that whatever purpose there was for your child, it was fulfilled during the time you carried him or her. We don’t understand all of it, and honestly I don’t believe we have the capacity to. But I take comfort knowing that one day, God will hold me close and explain it to me in a way that I can understand.
Praise God that He is close to those who are suffering. He knows the pain we’re going through and He keeps us from being consumed by it. I know without a doubt that had it not been for the grace of God, I would have come through my daughter’s death a bitter and downtrodden woman. But through His love and compassion, He saved me from being crushed by the weight of the burden I carried. My heart still aches for my baby and it’s been seven years since she died – the ache has dulled some with time, but I don’t believe it will ever go away completely. I still cry at times talking about her, but I rest in the knowledge that God is near and will continue to carry me if I allow Him to. It’s a choice – a conscious decision you have to make. You have to acknowledge that you need help getting through it, and God is the only answer.
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