My Prayer Before a Meal that Stops Me From Overeating

Trying to Do Anything without God Never Works

Whenever I try to do anything in life without God, it never goes well. I need God in every aspect of my life. Trying to eat healthy all on my own doesn’t work well either. God should be the center of our life, and I am continuing to work on this. Prayer is one way I try to put my focus on God throughout the day.

Mindfully praying

Being Mindful of God’s Presence

I try to pray and be mindful of God’s presence when I drive, talk to my kids, clean, work, and yes, eat. If you have read some of my past post, you know that mindfulness has had a huge positive impact on my weight loss struggles. When I focus on mindfulness and particularly mindfulness of God’s presence when I eat, I do much less overeating.

When I Pray This Little Prayer Before I Eat

Now when I eat, I think about 1 Corinthians 10:31 which says, “ So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Right before I eat, I try to pray, “God, thank you so much for this food. Thank you for this time that I have to sit and enjoy the food you have given me. I want to eat for the glory of You, God.”

I remind myself that if I overeat or eat without being mindful, then I am not taking care of the body that God gave me. When I am overeating, I am not really eating for the glory of God.

This little prayer has helped me so much. I enjoy my food, and I enjoy my time eating in God’s presence.

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I hope some of you have found something in this post helpful. What are your weight loss struggles? Have you ever tried mindfulness and mindful eating? Please share your weight loss struggles and successes with me here at Mindfulness in Faith and Food.

 

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4 thoughts on “My Prayer Before a Meal that Stops Me From Overeating”

  1. I love the way you merge faith and food; never really thought of that. For sure we blindly mess up our God given bodies that are also His temple.
    I had to do a 3 weeks detox living on fruits and water. I knew it was a real struggle when I felt dizzy on the 5th day while driving on a busy road. But I faced it to the 21st day though I had to cheat a bit. I lost some reasonable weight though my tummy has never cut down. I’m still struggling with it. I have copied an idea here; praying to eat for the glory of God. Thank you for this lesson.

    1. I had never thought to merge my professional background with my faith until last year. In fact my next post is about how this merger happened. I am planning on posting that post next week. Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you found this post helpful!

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