Pray for True Health
Standing in front of the refrigerator, many of us have prayed a dieter’s prayer. We’ve prayed for the willpower to not eat something right in front of us that we were secretly dying to eat. We’ve prayed for help when we were stuck in analysis paralysis, terrified of making the wrong food choice. But these dieter’s prayers keep us focused on weight loss to the exclusion of true health and abundant life.
You are made for more than constant stress and struggling around food. Diets will keep you stuck in that struggle, but that's not where God wants you to be. Instead of praying for weight loss, pray for God to bless you with true health.
True health is not just physical, but includes your whole being. So if your overall well-being suffers because of how you relate to food and your pursuit of weight loss, any minimal physical health benefits need to be weighed against the cost of your emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
When you follow Jesus, not diets, you reject the diet mentality and make peace with food, you learn to listen to and trust your body’s signals, and you respect your body as a gift to be stewarded well. True health looks and feels like peace and confidence in your choices on how to care for yourself.
In true health, the mind, body and soul are in alignment and you’re able to live your priorities with the understanding that your health and how you care for yourself is meant to glorify God and not glorify you.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV).
Once you realize and truly understand that your health is bigger than your food choices and your weight, you can pray accordingly. Ask God to show you what true health looks like for you in this season of life and pray to keep yourself in alignment with His will.
From a place of true health, when you stand in front of the refrigerator you will overflow with thanksgiving to God for His provision, for the incredible access to food He’s given you, and for the ability to eat things you enjoy in celebration of His gift of food.
Prayer for True Health:
Lord, I want to love you with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Show me how I can honor You with every facet of my health. Help me surrender my desire for weight loss and discover true health, regardless of the number on the scale. Lead me to cultivate healthy behaviors that renew my mind, refresh my soul, and steward my body, so that I may fulfill Your purpose for my life and glorify You alone.
When you have biblical body image, you'll see yourself as God sees you and know what your body is for - serving your purpose, not looking a certain way - so weight loss becomes inconsequential. Once God heals the part of you that falsely believes you need to lose weight, you won’t want to diet anymore. You won’t waste time praying for weight loss when you understand that true health is not dependent on the number on the scale and is so much bigger.
I invite you to set aside any old prayers for weight loss and instead pray for eyes of faith, pray for healing, and pray for true health. I expect these prayers will serve you and serve the Lord in ways you can’t even imagine yet. They have for me.
Erin L. Todd is a wife, dog mom, attorney-by-day and writer-by-night living in St. Petersburg, Florida. As a redhead who battled insecurity and body image issues for over 30 years, she now claims the concept of being both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. Her blog “Ginger In Progress” was born from a spiritual awakening where Jesus set her free from diet prison. Now she is on a mission to empower and equip women to Follow Jesus Not Diets. Find out more about Erin and grab your free Intuitive Eating Starter Kit for Christian Women HERE.
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