Carrying extra weight can affect your health and your mood. Here are 24 strong prayers for weight loss, including images you can print to use and share.
Prayer for Self-Control
Lord my Sure Foundation, I need Your strength to enable me to exercise the godly virtue of self-control over what I eat, how much I eat, and how and when I exercise. I am well-educated on the best way to lose this weight, I just have trouble sticking to a healthy eating and exercise plan. Give me that focus and self-discipline I need to drop these pounds. Strengthen my resolve so I become healthier and happier. Amen.
Prayer for Dealing with Stress
Lord my Counselor, I need Your help in dealing with stress in a healthy way, versus turning to comfort food and binge eating. I confess that when I get distracted by pressures, I tend to eat without thinking about what’s going into my mouth, or I make unwise choices that are high in fat and carbohydrates. Guide me in implementing positive strategies to cope with stress, such as exercising and meditating on Your promises. Amen.
Prayer for Permanent Changes
Faithful and True God, I ask for Your help in successfully and safely losing this extra weight that is harming my health. I also need Your aid in maintaining a healthy weight once I reach my goal. Help me to make the permanent changes in my lifestyle and in my health habits to achieve and keep a healthy body. Help me make this commitment to a sustainable plan that I can follow throughout my life. Amen.
Prayer for Maintaining Motivation
My God who always leads me to triumph in Christ, please come alongside me in this quest to achieve a healthy weight. I need to maintain motivation, so I do not fall back into overeating and poor food choices. I need to persevere in my focus to keep exercising and not fall back into a sedentary lifestyle. Keep me fixed on the goal, so I can conquer bad habits and develop lifelong good habits. Amen.
Prayer for the Right Weight-Loss Plan for Me
All-Sufficient One, I pray that You will guide me to the weight loss plan that is right for me – a plan that I can stick to. You created me, and You know me better than I know myself. I am willing to change my eating and activity habits, so I ask that You help me find new habits that are sustainable for me. Help me stick to these new habits when faced by stressors and emotions that derail me. Amen.
Prayer for Inner Resolve
My God who keeps me from falling, I ask that You help me identify and activate the strongest motivations that will help me maintain the inner resolve I need to continue losing weight. Help me use those motivators – such as looking good in my clothes, having the necessary energy, and relieving joint pain – as weapons in this battle. Help me be creative in using them. Help me to press on and win this war. Amen.
Prayer for Support
My God who accomplishes all things for me, I know I must take responsibility for my own weight loss. However, I ask that You guide me to one or two people who will support and cheer me on in positive ways, without shaming me or sabotaging my efforts. Help me find one or two people who will exercise with me, help me create healthy menus, make me accountable, and share my determination to develop a healthier lifestyle. Amen.
Prayer to Be Accountable
My God who does great things, I know that as helpful as a good support system is, ultimately, I am the one who must take charge of my weight-loss plan. I must be accountable to myself. Please help me develop a routine of weighing in regularly, recording my progress, and tracking my exercise. As I do so, help me to encourage myself, rather than condemn myself. Help me find ways to reward my successes and stay focused. Amen.
Prayer to Set Realistic Goals
Lord, my Confidence, I ask You to come alongside me and assist me in setting realistic goals for long-term weight loss. Help me think through both the process of losing weight and the outcome. Quiet my mind so I can give careful consideration to what I will do to lose the weight on a day-to-day basis. Give me the clarity to plan my food intake and exercise, as well as how much I will aim to lose each week. Help me be realistic in how I will get to my goal. Amen.
Prayer for Appetizing Recipes and Menus
God of all Grace, I know I need to make some drastic changes in my eating habits to lose weight. I ask for Your help in finding delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes and menu plans that give me a variety of healthy choices and which I look forward to eating. Help me to eat wisely while still enjoying food that is tasty and satisfying. Guide me to good sources for meals that are nutritious and low-calorie, yet flavorful. Amen.
Prayer to Develop a Healthy Eating Plan
Lord of my life, I know I need to make a lot of changes in my food choices. Help me to understand what I need to do, and to stick with it. I know I need to increase my consumption of vegetables and fruit, so I ask that You help me find options that I really enjoy, and which aren’t too expensive. Guide me to the best choices in my consumption of carbohydrates and fats and proteins. Amen.
Prayer to Get and Stay Active
Lord of Strength and Power, I realize that regular physical activity will give me the upper hand on my weight-loss journey. I pray that You will keep me motivated to continue exercising to burn off excess calories, to boost my mood, to strengthen my cardiovascular system, and to reduce my blood pressure. I know that staying physically active will help me with long-term weight loss and maintenance, so please keep me fixed on the goal! Amen.
Prayer for Physical Activity Strategies
Lord, my Helper, please help me devise strategies to incorporate regular physical activity into every day. Give me the motivation and energy to exercise frequently enough, long enough, and intensely enough to burn calories, lose body fat, and build muscle. Help me to choose several avenues of steady aerobic exercise that I will enjoy doing, as well as add in extra movement throughout the day, such as using the stairs frequently or parking at the far end of the parking lot. Amen.
Prayer that I Won’t Self-Sabotage
God my Deliverer, I pray that You will deliver me from my own tendency to sabotage my weight-loss efforts. Help me to assess my personal challenges to weight loss and work out how I will deal with them. Help me to reduce habits and attitudes that have defeated my efforts to take control of my body. Help me remember that occasional setbacks will come. When setbacks come, give me the strength to stick with the plan and persevere. Amen.
Prayer to Boost My Self-Confidence
My God who keeps me from falling, I pray that You will increase my belief in myself that I can change my unhealthy behaviors and accomplish my goal of achieving a healthy weight. Let me know that I can do this and that I am able to create a plan to lose weight so that I have the confidence I need to take on this challenge. You know I’ve had disappointments in the past. You know my confidence level is low. Strengthen my belief that with Your help this goal will be met. Amen.
Prayer for Smaller and Achievable Expectations
God of Hope, You know I’m feeling apprehensive about my ability to accomplish my weight-loss goal. Help me not to set myself up for failure by jumping into an overly rigorous exercise plan right away or expecting dramatic weight-loss results immediately. Help me set smaller, realistic goals for gradually building up an exercise routine. Help me set realistic goals for gradual weight loss that will build up my confidence and not make me feel like I’m failing. Give me the peace of mind that I am making progress and will achieve my goals. Amen.
Prayer for Recognizing Accomplishments
Gracious and Merciful God, as I travel down this road to healthier living, I know I will have many challenges and perhaps some setbacks. Help me remember to recognize the successes I’m making along the way. Remind me to take time to celebrate even the smallest accomplishments and give myself a pat on the back when I’m sticking to my new routine so that I stay positive and confident and persist toward the goal. Amen.
Prayer to Learn and Grow through the Process
Way-maker, I pray that my quest for weight-loss will not only move me toward healthier living but also be an avenue to learn more about myself and more. Help this quest teach me to rely on You. Help me to maintain a mindset of learning. Help me approach this challenge with an open mind. Rather than self-judging, help me to use setbacks as an opportunity to grow, by reflecting on this experience and asking myself what I can learn and do better the next time. Amen.
Prayer for Positive Inner Dialogue
Father of Mercy, teach me to be merciful with myself in my inner dialogue. I know I often condemn myself. I shame myself. I discourage myself. Help me to practice positive self-talk. Teach me to change my negative thoughts about perceived failures into positive thoughts. Teach me to congratulate myself for tiny successes and speak positive confessions over what I will ultimately achieve. Amen.
Prayer to Negotiate Support from Those Closest to Me
God my Rock, I’m feeling a bit under-supported by those closest to me as I’m embarking on this weight-loss plan. Their remarks range from expressions of doubt about my success, or fears that they will have to eat food they don’t like, to even trying to sabotage me by offering candy or other sweet treats. Help me to calmly and diplomatically negotiate the support I need from them, effectively communicating how they can encourage me toward success. Amen.
Prayer to Rearrange Priorities
Bread of Life, help me to remember that I don’t live on bread (or any other food) alone, but on every word that proceeds from Your mouth. I’m all too often fixated on physical food to the point of neglecting my spiritual food of learning and meditating on Your Word. Help me to rearrange my priorities, so that feasting on Your Word takes precedence over what I’m going to eat. May my earnest hunger for You cause my physical hunger to subside. Amen.
Prayer for Coping with Plateaus
Lord my Strength, I’ve been exercising and carefully monitoring what I eat. I have lost weight, but now the scale has stopped moving. I’m so frustrated. I need Your strength to persevere through this plateau. I ask for Your guidance in evaluating why this is happening, and if I need to change what and when and how much I’m eating and whether I need to exercise more. Please help me see this situation clearly and come up with a plan to break through this plateau so I can reach my goal. Amen.
Prayer for Appetite Control
God Almighty, I’m having a hard time controlling hunger pains. Help me to implement solutions to this problem, such as eating fewer carbohydrates, eating more high fiber foods, chewing sugarless gum, drinking lots of water or calorie-free drinks, high-intensity cardio exercises, avoiding too much time watching TV where I feel like I need to eat, and staying busy to get my mind off my appetite. Please give me discipline in this matter, so I don’t give in and start binge eating. Please divert my urges for food and give me the willpower to lose the weight I need to lose. Amen.
Prayer to Enhance Metabolism
God in whom I trust, I have a rather slow metabolism, which makes losing weight a challenge. I pray that You will guide me in the best strategies for boosting my metabolism so that my body burns calories faster. Help me implement a strength-training routine and avoid eating in a way that would cause muscle loss. Help me add high-intensity exercise to my aerobic workout. Help me stay hydrated, include spicy food in my meals, eat more protein and fewer carbs, drink coffee and green tea without sugar, and avoid consuming too few calories. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years. If you would like to reach out to contact Natalie, then go here to send her a message.