Confronting the Spirit of Gluttony (Prayer)

By Kimberly Taylor


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. In the Bible, you learn that Sodom also had a gluttony problem!

In the following article, you will learn why it is critical that Christian confront the gluttony stronghold and what to do about it.

We will cover:

Why Gluttony is a Sin

The prophet Ezekiel said of Sodom:

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 second? Here was that list again:

  1. Pride
  2. Fullness of food
  3. Abundance of idleness
  4. Not strengthening the hand of the poor and needy
  5. Haughtiness (arrogance, contempt for others)
  6. Committed abomination before God (ah, now there’s the sexual sin you were probably thinking about!)

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 to please themselves, not helping the poor and needy with the abundance they had.

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

Why Christians Must Confront Gluttony

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.

Consider 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.

A Prayer for Overcoming Gluttony

Here is a prayer for all who suffer from a spirit of gluttony to use to overcome it:

“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.

Remember, prayer is not a monologue; it is a dialogue. That means there are 2 parts to prayer: What you speak to God and what He speaks to you.

Many people don’t see answers to prayer because they speak their part but then leave before listening to what God says to them.

Or else, they ignore what He says and carry on as before.

But here’s the truth: 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 in health, healing and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

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Kimberly Taylor

About the author

Kimberly Taylor has a heart to encourage others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22 herself, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She dropped over 85 pounds through renewing her mind with Biblical principles.

  • I LOVE this prayer. I have been on your mailing list for at least 2 years. Currently open on this phone is the place to join your program.

    There have been so many programs throughout the majority of my 60 years on this planet, many of which were faith based. None of them provided lasting freedom; indeed the only weight loss success I’ve experienced was a 70-pound loss that was one of the few good things about having colon cancer 10 years ago and which took a good 2 years to “find” again.

    Most recently, I’ve been listening to the “Brain Over Binge” podcast which makes the assumption that bingeing is not due to stress, but simply due to the urge to binge and uses the scientific principal of neuroplasticity to help one overcome the problem.

    Neuroplasticity is the scientific term for renewing and transforming the mind which, from what I can see is what your program teaches.

    As I’ve mentioned in previous comments, I am on the autism spectrum with the condition formerly known as Asperger’s. This is the reason for my having black and white thinking and might be the reason weight loss programs have not worked.

    Perry Stone and Brant Hansen are two prominent Christians who also deal with this weird wiring, and God gave it to them and me for a reason.

  • I have lost 17 pounds over the last 2 years, but it has been a daily battle and have many pounds left to lose. I still am not free from this struggle with food but God continues to work in me as I allow Him to – when I am not renewing my mind in God’s truth, I am often listening to the lies of the enemy. It is hard to read these words about gluttony and yet it is God’s truth once again speaking to me, because I know I struggle breaking free from this sin. Thank you so much for the your words, for the Scriptures, for the prayer. God is faithful!

    • The good news about this is that God is about restoration and not condemnation. His grace is amazing and we walk in His grace day-by-day to overcome the challenges of life. God is faithful!

  • My son is 47yrs old, never been married or had any children. He.is obese, addicted to food and totally blinded, getting bigger and bigger and cannot see that he is destroying himself. Food is his life and he was never a fat child growing up. I’m at my wits end. He is housebound and doesn’t socialize and stopped attending church some years back. I’m at a loss on how to pray concerning the matter. I must add that my son loves the Lord and does enjoy praise / worship musics and listens to a lot of ministering. He was once a powerful prayer warrior. Please help

    • Hi Carol – I know it is painful watching someone destroy himself with a knife and a fork. However, in order to change, your son must want to change because he is an adult. Check out this article that describes the stages of change: https://takebackyourtemple.com/do-you-have-the-faith-to-change-quiz-weight-loss-blog/

      The other thing you want to look at is – since you say he is housebound, does he live with you? Is he going out to get his food or is he preparing his own food? You said, “Food is his life.” That means food has been elevated above God in his mind.

      If he is not going out to buy his own food or preparing his own food, then you may examine if you are playing any role in enabling him – social influence: https://takebackyourtemple.com/top-3-weight-loss-influences/.

      Ask the Lord to open your eyes in this matter – not for condemnation but revelation. I pray the Lord make this scripture a reality for son: “He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.” Psalm 107:20.

  • My journey with dealing with this is up and down with me crying out to God only to see myself in a worse weight. However a righteous man falls 7 times and gets back up. So will I

    • Amen, Elizabeth! God has promised that He has begun a good work in you and will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Stand on that promise!

  • Was so offended so mad, how dare you God send Jesus and give me grace and mercy and the Holy Spirit, and now tell me that I got Issues. Thank You I can never repay you for telling me straight out of scriptures what I knew and didn’t want to hear. Thank you Victory❤️

    • Ha, ha, ha – whew, Rosalyn! When I started reading your post, I admit that I was taken aback. But praise God, the truth sets us free. It takes courage to receive the truth and faith to act on it. May the Lord bless you as you walk with Him. Through Jesus, Victory is yours!

  • God bless you and thank you! I been struggling with this for quite some time and I need free from it ! I want to truly be dead of fleshy sin and I feel like God has been revealing to me what major changes need to be done in my life . Gluttony is one of many but I appreciate this and now I need to FULLY commit! I said this prayer from the bottom of my heart and I truly pray for strength from God! For God to send His Holy Spirit to guide me and strengthen me because I know I cannot do this alone!

    • Amen, Michelle – I am agreeing with you in prayer. Just remember that this is a DAILY walk and each day has its own challenges to overcome. Yet, you will overcome with the Lord walking with you. May the Lord bless you in health, healing and wholeness!

  • Kim, This…..This hit my mind and my heart and it was exactly what I needed today. For those of us who are in the health arena, still struggle in spite of our success. This prayer is the armor that I will need to battle the devil who because of my growing faith is attacking me in a seemingly inconsequential way. Not so. I will also share your ministry and these prayers to my clients who believe. May God Bless you infinity.

    • Thank you so much, Marcelle! Now you know that you are not alone in the battle. Many of our fellow sister and brothers in Christ have the same battle. But in God, we have the victory! Stay blessed because as you are set free you will be in a great position to help others get free!

      • Almost a year later I strayed from your ministry. I’m back now. Thank you for your dedication Thank you for your words.

        • Hi Marcelle – That is great to hear! Life goes on so it’s best to use the lessons learned from the past to move forward into the future God has for you – day by day with His help!

  • Yes, until one confronts this spirit head on and ask the Holy Spirit to help defeat the spirit, you will just be struggling. I did some years ago, and the Lord gave me victory over it. Your writing is more in-depth . I also wrote a prayer that I was praying everyday, until I got victory over it. Thank you!

  • Hi Kim, thank you so much for the prayer to overcome gluttony. I forwarded it to my daughter who is overweight because of her eating disorder.I am not sure if she is praying with this prayer, but I do pray for her every day. It is very encouraging and I believe and claim it that God will hear and answer my prayers. Thank you so much. God bless you more.

    • Hi Letty – I pray your daughter receive the prayer in the spirit of love in which it is intended and that she draw closer to the Lord in reliance to help her overcome because of it.

  • It’s hard since this virus I been eating like crazy I was losing weight but now I feel bigger than I was and I just eat I know it the devil trying to steal my self esteem and confidence cause when I look at myself I say I am disgusted and ugly and who would want me and after I eat I do exercise I weigh 250 trying to be smaller but it hard when the devil stays in your head

    • Hi Angie – I hear you and am praying with you to overcome. Did you know that you have authority over the enemy to kick him out of your head? As a Believer in Jesus, your body is God’s property and the enemy has NO authority there. I recommend studying Luke 4 to see how the enemy tried to tempt Jesus, but Jesus defeated him with God’s word. In addition, I recommend taking a look at the food you are choosing to eat. Is it food that is hijacking your brain? Check out this article and see if you can relate to this: The Hidden Reason we Overeat

  • Hi Kimberly,
    These are such powerful words. Yes, ministers need to be preaching this because gluttony IS a sin. There are people that gain weight no matter what they do and can’t help it, BUT, MOST can help what we do.
    I am on my weight loss journey and I CAN AND WILL do this with the help of JESUS!!!

  • Thank you for your post. I am on a difficult journey trying to lose weight because as I’m getting older it’s starting to impact my health. As I’ve been dwelling on it and praying for assistance from the Lord it came to me one day about the sin of gluttony. It was such a powerful acknowledgment it brought me to tears. I’m sure I thought of it over the years but just chose to ignore it. You’ve given me hope and show me there’s more to this journey than I thought.

  • HI Kimberly Thank you for this most needed message for the Body of Christ. We are to do all things in moderation. When I grew up we had treats once in a while. Today you can have treats everyday. A hot dog was a treat to us. now every day you can have a hot dog. Potato chips was a treat when we went to visit my uncle. now you have potato chips every day. Ice cream was a treat as well. Ice cream is my weakness. I will have once in a while . no more everyday. I can do ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME. Jesus gave his life for us. We are able to give our food habits up for him. We all need more spiritual food stay in the word . God Bless Darlene

  • YES!!! Gluttony is the most accepted sin in the Church. My previous pastor bragged about loving Taco bell & pigging out on their food right in the pulpit!!!! He bragged frequently in the pulpit about it. Almost everyone at the Church dinners piled their plates high with food. You NEVER hear a pastor preach against gluttony…..Christian’s think it’s ok to be gluttons. Thank you so much for this message. This needs to be preached in ALL pulpits at least once a month!!!

  • Hello Kimberly,

    I have decided to turn away from gluttony and eat to live. I want to rely solely on God and not comfort food for temporary satisfaction. It is so true that when you have excess weight gain, shame and guilt will come into play and that can result in low self esteem. I didn’t like how my body looked for a long time and I would pray and do all the fast weight loss diets as well. But I realized I had to change within and ask God to give me the strength so I can learn to have self control and peace. It is so rewarding now that I’m no longer a slave to food. I feel so free . Thank you for this empowering message . God bless.

  • Kim, GREAT WORK HERE! Thank you so much for your commitment to uncovering gluttony as a secret/overlooked sin in the church. This is a huge problem in the body of Christ and it’s something I struggle with myself.

    Shared your post on my group page for men looking to break free from food addiction/obesity. Thanks!

    • Praise God! Thank you for your desire to help me conquer this issues in their lives. We can overcome through the grace of God!

  • Most overeating becomes a stronghold in our lives. The stronghold stems from a lie we have believed over a period of time. For example, If I believe that I’m unworthy because of parental psychological abuse, then I not only start building a fortress around myself, but I also start trying to comfort myself with vices, food being one. We have to become vulnerable before God, realizing we can’t do it in our own strength, but let Him work in us, from the inside out. Praying that He will show us the lie we’ve believed about ourselves and asking Him to show us how to pull down the stronghold.

    • Preach Rhonda! So true. That’s where the renewing your mind comes in, believing what God says about you above what the enemy says and allowing Him into wounded dark places where He can shine the light and bring healing. Thank you for your comment!

  • This has been on my mind all weekend. I’m just grieved by the amount of food surrounding us and the “okay” stamp we place on indulging throughout the holidays. I don’t know how to address it with my sisters and brothers in Christ but I do know I can address it with myself and my kids. After feasting for thanksgiving yesterday I felt the need to fast today and repent and plan to do so again tomorrow instead enjoying yet another thanksgiving celebration. My heart is broken over this. Your email was timely.

    Much love — Leah

  • Thank you for sharing this! Telling God to not mess with my food has been my mindset for many years. The Scripture you used here pierced my heart and soul! I don’t want to leave this earth with people saying she sure liked to eat those treats. I’m praying God will hear my heart and heal this life long sin.

    • Hi Susan – you have my prayers. The enemy wants us to remain stuck where we are. But God is not a God of condemnation but restoration! He knows exactly what it will take to lead you to the right road for your health and strength to finish well in Him. Ask Him what the next step is that He wants you to take and He will show you.

  • Powerful words and concepts and an even more powerful God we serve than our sinful indulgent at times nature. May the body of Christ grow in the grace and truth and fruits of the Spirit as well as you said. Powerful things to think and pray about and live out. Thanks for sharing!

  • Thank you for this enlightening article. This needs to be preached OFTEN in all Churches. It is never preached about. It is certainly one of the Churches most prevalent sins. My previous pastor used to brag a bout how much he could eat of taco bell food. He loved it. I John 2:15 says we are not to love the world or anything in the world……..He was leading his flock to believe it was ok to love & worship food. You are truly an inspiration to me, Kimberley

  • Your writings, wisdom & advice is so encouraging, so timely & so necessary! Soooooooo many people would benefit from this program. I pray God will give you greater exposure & that you’ll be granted favor to even partner with weight loss programs. When I consider people that believe Gastric Bypass Surgery is their answer, I immediately think how the person most likely will be unable to maintain their weight loss. You don’t kill a tree by cutting off the limbs, you have to lay the axe to the roots. Attacking symptoms doesn’t bring deliverance, destroying roots in Christ Jesus does. Thank God for you & Take Back Your Temple! May God expand your territory!

  • I am so thankful for your program and this article. I have felt myself slipping back into old “habits” which are really strongholds in my life. I renounce gluttony and laziness in Jesus name because His name is greater than my sins name… I thank the Lord for you, Kim, that you put His truth out for us to see so we can drag this nasty sin out from hiding and be done with it! What a wonderful Christmas present to give our Lord…

      • Hey Kimberly I was having some potato chips and then read your email. God is right on time to give us what we need and to help us.
        I realized if I kept eating from the bag it would be gone. I felt a Knudge in my spirit. I knew it was God and I also! knew if I kept eating I would feel terrible. I prayed asked the Lord for help and put the bag away.
        Thank you for rescuing me! You are such a blessing and to know we are are never alone in our struggles and temptations!

        • You are welcome, Mary. We all have to know the situations in which we are vulnerable and take steps to keep ourselves on track. May God bless you on this journey!

  • Thankyou Lord for your faithfulness and unconditional love. Thankyou Kim for the wonderful prayer on gluttony. I said it out loud and received his healing. I can’t imagine how I just slipped into over-eating slowly and didn’t even realize how I was gaining weight. Your powerful prayer and insight is so healing,encouraging and enlightening . I Thankyou Lord for your love for me endures forever .

  • Wow! This was so powerful for me. I am going to read this prayer everyday out loud. I am humbled by the love, grace, and mercy of our Lord.

  • Kim,
    Thank you so much for the time you take to post truth about the sin of gluttony. I look forward to your writings all the time. Thank you again because your words from God’s word encourage me and help me to persevere when I want to throw in the towel and eat eat eat.

    • Kim I am very grateful for your encouragement. I know my over eating is a sin against our Lord and against my or body. I am so tired of being overweight. I pray I will put forth the effort and resist the devil in this fierce battle. Your words of encouragement have given me the push I need.

    • Yes, you don’t hear this preached in Church. It needs to be preached often. Gluttony is one of the accepted sins for Christans.

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