Do you long to have more self-control with your food choices so that you can lose weight? I understand the challenge. As someone who is maintaining a 100 pound weight loss, I have discovered the importance of growing in the fruits of the Spirit, especially self-control, in order to lose and maintain weight. Use the following prayer to learn self-control with food by the power of the Holy Spirit.Prayer for Self Control Around Food


How to Develop the Fruit of the Spirit of Self-Control

Galatians 5:22-23 tell us,

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

The fruits of the spirit are not good things we do to earn salvation or God’s favor. The only way to salvation is through trusting in the saving work Jesus did for us on the cross.

Instead, the fruits of the spirit are the result of abiding in God’s grace.

Have you ever considered the importance of developing the fruits of the spirit for your weight loss journey?


How to Develop Self-Control Around Food

When you think about weight loss, you probably think about all the tasks you need to accomplish.

  • Create a meal plan.
  • Start a diet.
  • Shop for healthy groceries.
  • Go to the gym.
  • Avoid junk food and fast food.
  • Eat salad and healthy foods.

Yet above all of this, you need self-control in order to make your new healthy habits stick. The Bible talks about self-control as a fruit of the Spirit.

Notice the Bible talks about fruits of the spirit not fruits of the woman.

Spiritual fruits only come from maturity and deepening in faith and they are created by the Holy Spirit who is at work in your heart.

By approaching weight loss from a faith-based perspective, your fruits of the spirit will grow because you are putting God first. You’ll develop more self-control around your eating and your weight.

This is how to grow spiritual fruit – fruit that will last.


Pray for Self-Control with Food

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23


Heavenly Father, develop the fruit of self-control in my life. I know self-control comes not from within me, but from the Holy Spirit at work in me. Continue to build more self-control into my life. Rather than resist or self-sabotage, help me desire to have more structure, commitment and dedication with my food and exercise choices.

Come, Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer for Self-Control

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