• Jennifer Gunter

5 Prayers for Food Freedom

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.

“I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.

– 1 Corinthians 6:12

Today we're going to talk about food addiction, and helpful prayers we can recite in our times of weakness. When it comes to addictions, we feel helpless. We try to conquer it on our own and we fail, discouraging us even more. I know the feeling. I used to be addicted to cannabis. It started out as seemingly innocent adolescent exploration.

I tried it and didn’t like it, but I kept trying it because my friends did it, and eventually it grew on me. Fast forward a few years and I was smoking weed every single day. At first it was only at night to relax and hangout with friends, but then I started doing it alone and then not just at night but in the morning too. Before you know it, I was smoking weed all day every day.

I woke up and thought about it and before I went to sleep, I thought about it. I would celebrate with it and it would be there for me after a long, hard day. I didn’t even see this as a problem; it’s just the way it was. If I wanted to eat, I’d smoke before. If I wanted to go for a nature walk, I’d smoke. Everything in my life revolved around it.

It wasn’t until I met Alex (my husband) that I realized I couldn’t go through life that way. He didn’t really like it, and he voiced his concerns. At first, I didn’t want to listen. Let’s be real, we don’t want to admit we have a problem until we realize it ourselves. He made me think critically about what I was doing and thinking critically made me realize that cannabis had mastered me.

I finally quit cannabis with God’s help on October 7th, 2018. Unfortunately, I wasn’t necessarily praying about it or opening my Bible. I didn’t ask God to help me quit. I wasn’t active in my faith at that time. However, I honestly believe that God was there for me during the whole thing. He sent my husband to help me and gave me a great support system.

Let’s not forget that God works through others to help us. I can’t even imagine how much easier quitting would have been if I used prayer to get through it. I realize now that I made the whole thing much harder on myself than it had to be. It was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through. Your path to food freedom can be so much easier than my path to beating my addiction. God wants to help.

God gave us the powerful tool of prayer! We can use prayer to change things here on Earth. Prayer lets us bring heaven to Earth, one prayer at a time. My family was praying for me to quit using cannabis for years, and their prayers worked. Without those prayers, and my husband by my side, I don’t think I would’ve been able to do it.

Food addiction is very tricky because we NEED to eat. We don’t NEED to self-medicate with drugs, so it’s a different story. Food addiction is difficult to tackle because we eat every single day and we need to possess what seems to be a supernatural amount of self-control to not overindulge, especially during the tough seasons in our lives. It’s a good thing we have supernatural help in the palm of our hands!

I’m here to tell you that God is here to help you! He never meant for us to go through these things alone. Going to God in prayer is a great way to lift the burden of food addiction and give it all to God.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of 5 Prayers for you to recite during weak moments in your addiction to food!

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5 Prayers for Food Freedom

1. Pray for the ability to open up to others about food addiction.

God, I feel so lonely dealing with this problem on my own. Help me find peace in you. Help me realize that I don’t have to go through this alone. There are people who love me that are willing to help me if I let them. Help me talk to someone about my food addiction. I trust you and I know that you hold my heart in your hands. I want to be free so badly, but I feel trapped in this addiction. You created food to nourish our bodies and I want food to nourish me again, not control me. I know that with your help I can master this addiction. God, place the right people in my path. You know who I need to speak with to gain insight and wisdom. Amplify the prayers that others are praying for my sake. Holy Spirit have your way inside my mind, my body, and my soul. I love you and I trust you. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

2. Pray for grace and patience for yourself.

God, I am so hard on myself. I know that you have grace for me, and you don’t dislike me for falling, instead you yearn to pick me back up and dust me off. Your heart lies with the broken, and Lord right now I feel broken. But I know that through you I am made whole. You are so patient with me and so kind. Help me be patient and be kind to myself too. It feels like I just keep messing up and falling off the wagon. I am coming to you today to admit that I need your help. Please help me give myself grace. Stop these feelings of guilt and shame from taking over. I pour the blood of Jesus Christ over my addictions. Your blood is powerful and heals all things. Heal me now, Jesus. Help me to take up my cross daily and follow you, especially in those weak moments where I feel like I have nothing left. Your grace is so good, Lord. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Thank you for your grace. All praise and glory go to you God. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

3. Pray to expose the lies of the enemy & reveal God’s truth about you.

Lord, I recognize the lies that Satan is trying to sell me. I do not need to over-eat. I do not need to emotionally eat. Instead, I come to you in my moment of weakness. This voice inside my head telling me to eat when I’m bored is a liar. You are there to entertain me. In the past, I believed Satan’s lies about me. Forgive me for falling for the enemy’s lies. Food will NOT master me. You are my only master and I give everything I have to you. I take every thought captive and make it obedient to you. You are the truth, the way, and the life. Help me overcome my addiction to food. Give me the power to use food for what you intended: nourishment and sustenance. Because of you, I know that I do not live from bread alone, but from every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Give me life through your word. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

4. Pray to flee from temptation and find freedom in God’s presence.

Lord, free me from my temptations. You know where all my weakness lies and only you have the power to free me. I rely on you to provide me with all the help I need to beat this food addiction. God, I give you all of my trigger foods. You know the foods that I am especially weak with, and you take them from me. You’re freeing me from this burden even as I speak these words. Thank you for creating these delicious foods for me to enjoy and let me not take your precious gifts for granted by indulging in the flesh. Thank you for the peace, joy, and freedom you offer. I am so grateful for you and the strength you give me. I am covered by your blood, and I am washed in the water. Thank you for freeing me from my food addiction. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

5. Pray to bind up the spirits of addiction and gluttony.

In Jesus’ precious name, I demand the spirit of addiction leaves my body and never returns. I will not be mastered by anything or anyone. Lord, you, and you alone are the master of my body, mind, and soul. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I will stay free from my addiction to food. You are my healer and my deliverer. You deliver me from my demons and free my soul from all bondage. I will continue to come to you for strength. You are my strength; you are my fortress. Today and every day, I bind up the spirit of gluttony and I throw it away to the pits of hell where it belongs. The spirit of gluttony will not make a home in my body. My body belongs to you, Jesus. Thank you for always showing me a way to flee from temptation. I choose you, Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Thank you so much for reading. I hope these prayers help you in some way.

Remember that God loves us and wants us to find solace in his presence.

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- Jenni Gunter

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