Prayer against gluttony

Do you know what Sodom’s sins were? You probably just thought about a particular sexual sin.

While that is true, it is not the complete story.

When speaking of Jerusalem’s idolatry, the prophet Ezekiel said of them:

Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit (Ezekiel 16:49-50).”

Did you notice that pride was listed first, with food indulgence after that? You might ask, “What is wrong with being full of food?”

While nothing is wrong with eating to satisfaction, the Sodomites ate to excess as a lifestyle.

As a result, they became self-absorbed, indulgent and lazy. They were consumed with sensual pleasures.

They did not care about others, spending their time and resources only for themselves, not helping the poor and needy around them.

I believe the story of Sodom is a cautionary tale for believers in Christ today.

Some say that gluttony is the most accepted sin in the church.

Our attitude seems to be, “Lord, I’ll give you everything – but do not touch my food!”

However, for our mission’s sake, we must confront the spirit of gluttony that is rampant in the church.

Think about this: At the end of our lives, do we really want them to have been about eating “tasty treats?”

We are each called to make a positive difference in this world, to glorify our Lord in body and spirit! Jesus said in John 15:8:

“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

This is the fruit of God’s spirit – evidence of His work in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

This fruit grows in our lives as we renew our minds to God’s word and yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading in our actions in every area, which includes in our eating habits.

If we are not becoming more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, abounding in goodness, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled with each passing year, something is wrong with our Spiritual growth.

1 Corinthians 6:12 gives us wise guidance:

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

The Lord wants only good for us. He does not want us under the power of any habit that hurts us.

Gluttony and drunkenness are frequently linked together in the Bible – and that’s not good.

These habits destroy our health and interfere with our ability to think soberly and make wise decisions.

They also leave us more vulnerable to enemy attacks. 1 Peter 5:8 advises us:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

The spirit of gluttony is a seductive one because it promises an escape from life, a release from pain. However, as we overindulge in devouring food, the enemy is busy devouring us!

We become a rest stop for a wicked spirit.

As a Believer, we are called to be in the world but not of the world. The wisest thing to do is submit our pain to the Lord for healing in a spirit of humility. As He heals us, we can restore food to its proper place and get on with our Father’s business!

To confront the spirit of gluttony, you must also confront the deceptive foods in your life. Deceptive foods are those that seem harmless to you, but when you eat them you find that they hijack your brain!

When your brain is hijacked, you lose self-control, binge, and become emotionally unstable.

To avoid following the pattern of the Sodomites, let us confront the spirit of gluttony in our lives and cast it out.

Here is a prayer for you to use:

“Heavenly Father, you promised that if Your people, who are called by Your name, will humble themselves, pray, seek your face, and turn from our wicked ways, you will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land.

I thank you for giving me such a great and precious promise by which I can escape the corruption in the world and affect our nation!

I am Your child, the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. I humble myself in this prayer, recognizing that I serve One greater than myself. I love you and you deserve all of me. My body and my spirit belong to You. Jesus bought me for You at a high cost indeed.

I am living to hear You say those wonderful words once I cross the finish line: “Well done, good and faithful child. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”

My Savior, Jesus Christ, is my compassionate High Priest. So I come to you in Jesus’s name, confessing my sin of gluttony. Lust for food has captured me. But I do not want to be like a Sodomite. I do not want to be selfish, so focused on indulging my flesh that I ignore poor and hurting people around me.

I renounce the spirit of gluttony. I take any thoughts captive in my mind that deceive me into thinking that gluttony is harmless. It is not harmless. It hurts me and it hurts others who are counting on my help. It is a wicked habit, a destructive habit. It destroys my health and keeps me trapped in a cycle of shame and guilt.

You don’t want me to live like that. Jesus came to set the captives free. I qualify! I repent Lord. I change my mind about this habit. You hate this habit as much as You hate drunkenness and I hate what You hate.

Open up my eyes as to what this habit has cost me, what it is costing me now, and what it will cost me in the future if I don’t change this now.

Lord, teach me Your way so that I may walk in Your truth daily. Your word is truth. Lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Gluttony is my enemy. Show me the foods that are hijacking my brain. Give me courage to kick them out of my life and replace them with foods that taste good but don’t hijack my brain.

I submit all emotional pain to You for healing, Lord. Help me regain emotional balance so that I put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

I know that You love me, Father and want what is best for me. You’ve begun a good work in me and will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Each day, I hold on to Your unchanging hand. I trust that You will lead me in paths of righteousness for Your name sake. I will delight myself in You and You will give me the desires of my heart.

My heart’s desire is that You heal me and heal our nation so that the people in our land turns their hearts back to You.

Amen.

An intolerable habit will remain in your life as long as you are willing to tolerate it.

Resist the enemy in this area and he must flee!

Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor
Creator of the ‘Take Back Your Temple’ Program

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There is a wonderful little book called “The Sinner’s Guide”.  Do not read this book if you don’t want your sin brought into the light!  This book is for souls who are seeking personal sanctity.

I stumbled upon these remedies against gluttony, from which I suffer sometimes and I thought I’d share some of the “remedies” from that book with you.

1) Remember That Gluttony Brought Death into the World

“When you feel the promptings of this shameful disorder, subdue them by the following considerations: Call to mind that it was a sin of gluttony which brought death into the world, and that it is the first and most important passion to be conquered, for upon the subjugation of this vice depends your victory over all others. We cannot successfully battle with enemies abroad when the forces within us are in a state of rebellion. Thus we see that the devil first tempted Our Saviour to gluttony, wishing to make himself master of the avenue through which all other vices find an easy entrance.” The Sinner’s Guide.

The devil tempted Eve through food.  Aside from wanting to be more like God, the fruit was beautiful.  Satan used the oral orifice to tempt both her and Adam.  In addition, the devil also sought to tempt our Lord through gluttony and visions of food during his long fast.  This tells us that gluttony is a dangerous vice that the devil knows how to use to his benefit.

2) Consider Our Own Lord’s Fasts and Mortifications

“Consider also Our Saviour’s extraordinary fast in the desert and the many other rigorous mortifications which He imposed upon His Sacred Body, not only to expiate our excesses, but to give us a salutary example. How, then, can you call yourself a follower of Christ, if, when He fasts, you abandon yourself to the gross pleasures of the table? He refuses no labor, no suffering, to redeem you, and you will do nothing for your own salvation!” The Sinner’s Guide.

A 40-day fast is no joke. If our Lord was able to fast for 40 days, how is it that we can’t say no to an additional serving of cake or french fries?  Maybe we should meditate on our Lord’s fast to put things into perspective.

3) Frequently Reflect Upon the Terrible Austerities and Wonderful Fasts Observed by the Fathers of the desert

“St. Bernard tells us, there is no food so unpleasant that it may not be made palatable by mingling it with this bitter draught. ; how they fled from the world to remote solitude, where, after the example of Christ, they crucified their flesh with all its irregular appetites, and, sustained by God’s grace, subsisted for many years on no other food but roots and herbs. Behold how these men imitated their Divine Model; behold what they thought necessary to reach Heaven. How can you gain this same Heaven by the path of gross and sensual pleasures?” The Sinner’s Guide.

Granted. We live in a world where we are pretty comfortable compared to the earlier Christians. Some at that time could only afford bread to eat and ale to drink. Even then, some went even further to mortify their desires. If we remind ourselves of what they gave up, surely we can stop eating as soon as we’re full.

4) Think of the Poor Who Are In Need of Bread

” Think of the innumerable poor who are in need of bread; and at the sight of God’s liberality to you, blush to make the gifts of His bounty instruments of gluttony.” The Sinner’s Guide.

We can offer up our extra servings for those who have to forage for food in garbage cans or line up on long lines at pantries. We should learn to be grateful for every bite, which will help to quell that desire to “swallow” our food, that is to gobble it up without reflection.

5) Think of Lazarus and the Rich Man

“To excite in your heart a salutary fear of this vice, recall to mind what is related in the Gospel of Lazarus, of his poverty, of his hunger which craved the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table, and how he was carried by angels to Abraham’s bosom; while the rich man, who fed upon delicacies and was clothed in purple and me linen, was buried in the depths of Hell.
Gluttony is an inordinate love of eating and drinking. Our Saviour warns us against this vice, saying, “Take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life.” (Lk. 21:34).” The Sinner’s Guide.

The definition of “surfeiting” is “to desire no more of something as a result of having consumed or done it to excess.” This is exactly what happens when we overeat. We become so full and sick of the food, we desire no more. We should stop eating as soon as we are satiated.

6) Remember That the Pleasures are Only for a Moment

We may say of gluttony what we have said of impurity, that its pleasures are equally restricted and fleeting. Yet earth, sea, and air seem unable to gratify this passion, for many crimes are perpetrated, the poor are defrauded and oppressed, and little ones compelled to suffer hunger, to satisfy the sensuality of the great. It is deplorable to think that for the gratification of one sense man condemns himself body and soul to eternal suffering. What incomprehensible folly to flatter with such delicate care a body which is destined to be the food of worms! For this miserable body you neglect your soul, which will appear before the tribunal of God as poor in virtues as its earthly companion is rich in sensual pleasures. Nor will the body escape the punishment to which the soul will be condemned. Having been created for the soul, it will share its sufferings. Thus by neglecting the nobler part of your being to devote yourself to the inferior, you lose both and become your own executioner.

Moderation and gluttony, temperance and excess, will not reap the same fruit in the next world. To patient suffering will succeed ineffable happiness, and sensual pleasures will be followed by eternal misery. What remains to you now of the pleasures of your guilty excesses? Nothing but remorse of conscience, which will be the principal torture of the life to come. All that you have lavished upon your ungoverned appetite you have irrevocably lost, but that which you have given away to the poor is still yours, for its merit is laid up in the kingdom of Heaven.

That you may not be deceived by the snares of this vice disguised as necessities, govern your appetite by reason, not by inclination. Remember that your soul can never rule the flesh, if it be not itself submissive to God. This submission will be the rule and foundation of its empire. Let God command our reason; let reason direct the soul, and the soul will be able to govern the body. By observing this wise order decreed by the Creator, the whole man will be reformed. But when the soul rebels against reason, and reason against God, the body will soon rebel against the soul.

Therefore, the following wise saying has justly become celebrated: “If you find difficulty in the performance of a virtuous action, the trouble is soon past and the virtue remains; but if you take pleasure in committing a base action, its pleasure disappears, but its shame continues with you.”The Sinner’s Guide.

The pleasure that we derive in the moment we’re overeating does in fact last for a time. The moment we get full we start to regret overeating. So is it worth it?

These are some of the traditional remedies of gluttony. Have you tried any of them? If so, have any of them helped?

Resources

The Sinner’s Guide on Amazon

The Sinner’s Guide Online

www.beautysoancient.com

A daily minute of prayer is a short prayer, so in a day, how often do we take time out for the Lord? At home, in our office and even in our daily routine, do we stop to give Him praise, thank Him for the many blessings, or even ask for His guidance?

The list below are selected prayers that will help us improve our prayer life. It will just take us a minute to read specific prayer that suits our needs or just pray the suggested daily minute prayer of the day above this site.

We can pray alone, with our family, or as a group.

So, make it a habit to spend a minute of prayer with the Lord daily and let that prayer be a reminder and guide for the rest of our day.

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