Obesity is the number one public health problem in the developed world today. Weight loss schemes vary from simple diet plans to risky gastric bypass surgery.
But Christians have another weapon in the arsenal against obesity — the opportunity for prayer. In the Best Weigh nutrition and weight loss program, prayer is an important component of a multi-faceted approach to weight loss.
Prayer was found to be an independent predictor of successful weight loss in multiple Best Weigh programs coast-to-coast. Best Weigh also encourages daily Bible Study and daily contact with church members who offer encouragement.
A 10-week Best Weigh program recently conducted in Crowley, Texas found that a total of 2,231 prayers were offered by the 24 participants. The number of prayers offered by those by those who lost more than ten pounds was compared with the number of prayers offered by those who lost less than 10 pounds.
Those who lost more than 10 pounds prayed 880 times compared with 521 prayers by those who lost less than 10 pounds of weight. So, the more you pray the more likely you are to be successful in losing weight.
The Bible promises results when we pray:
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)