Having once struggled with food addiction, specifically sugar addiction, prayer was one of my key strategies to overcome. I needed Supernatural help because my flesh did not want to do the right thing.
Trying to rely upon my flesh to resist food weaknesses was as futile as expecting a fox to guard the hen house!
So I needed the Lord’s help in the following areas regarding food addiction:
- Recognize the enemy’s lies and replace them with God’s truth
- See my life and purpose as God sees them
- Rely upon God to help me navigate life challenges and see Him as my Source rather than food
- Wisdom to select foods that were helpful rather than those that hurt me
- Strength to take the escape route God provided from food temptations
A Prayer to Overcome
Here is a prayer I wrote to overcome food addiction for those who are struggling. Struggle means to ”make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction.”
With that definition, this means you are resisting habits that are keeping you bound and making you sick, which is different than just giving into them.
I recommend speaking the following prayer and adapting it to fit your unique situation:
Gracious Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, I am so thankful to be Your child. I am thankful that You have made me a new creation in You. Old things have passed away. Behold, new things have come!
I command the spirit of addiction to GO in the name of Jesus, never to return. I renounce the spirit of rebellion and self-will. Per Jesus’ example, I say to You Father, ”Nevertheless, not my will but Your will be done.”
Fill me up with Your Spirit, Lord. Fill me up to overflowing every day so that there is no room for addiction in my life anymore. I speak healing to my body and my mind according to Your word.
You said in Psalm 107:20 that You sent Your word to heal me and deliver me from destruction. I receive Your healing and deliverance in Jesus’ name!
I will not use my liberty as a cloak for addiction. As You said, 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.
I will use my freedom to fulfill my purpose in You without hindrance to share the gospel.
I am excited that You are doing a new thing in my heart and mind. You are calling me to a healing journey and to become closer to You day by day as I walk out my healing.
I need Your help to stay free, Lord. Open up my Spiritual eyes so that I can recognize the enemy’s lies. In the past, he has gotten me to believe lies about myself, live those lies as the truth, and follow his suggestion to eat brain-hijacking foods. All to make myself feel better from the emotional turmoil he created in the first place!
But Your word says to ”Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1).”
So I will be diligent to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. I will face the truth about the harm brain hijacking is causing in my life. Give me wisdom to make straight paths for my feet to avoid stress and temptation.
I choose life and blessing over death and cursing. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, I do not present my members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present my body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable and pleasing to You, which is my reasonable service.
Thank you for the freedom, joy and peace I have in You as I move forward and glorify Your name in my body and Spirit, which belong to You.
In Jesus’ name,
Be Blessed with Health, Healing, and Wholeness,
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. Do you struggle with overeating sugar? If so, you are not alone!
Overcoming sugar addiction was a key factor on my journey to losing 85 pounds and dropping from a size 22 to a size 8.
In our 14-day Sugar Detox Challenge online course (inside the Take Back Your Temple program), you’ll get the same success strategies and support to gain peace in your eating habits and achieve lasting weight loss.
“Prayer for Weight Loss”