November 15, 2012
With all of the weight loss programs and diet food systems, the exercise regimens and surgical options, why would anyone pray about losing weight? Isn’t prayer mental and weight loss physical? How can there possibly be any correlation? Good questions.
Let me frame the answer by first quoting Christ Jesus. He said – pretty bluntly, actually – Take no thought for your life [or the body], what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink. Is not the life more than meat? (See Matt. 6:25) I don’t think he was suggesting that we be thoughtless, either. On the contrary, I believe he was saying put your thought on God alone, and let Him work out the details. (See Matt. 6:33)
Why would he say that? Because the tendency of the human mind is to limit everything by measuring it: the size of the body (your own or someone else’s), the size of the portion (or the number of points and/or calories the portion represents), the size of the progress – or not, even the size of the commitment. These measurements keep thought stuck in the body. It is literally self absorption!
On the other hand, turning to God in prayer expands and lifts thought. As the author of Hebrews says, “he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” That (believing in and diligently seeking God) is the solution. Isn’t that what Jesus did every moment? And didn’t he resolve every situation as a result? And didn’t he say we would do the same things as he did? (See John 14:12)
Following Jesus’ command to take no thought either for the body or the food we put into it tends to both normalize the function and appearance of the body. Really? Yes! Because it leaves both to God’s control – the same God who so loved the world He sent His only begotten son (See John 3:16). That much love, that big a gift surely indicates God’s ability and willingness to care for you and me in a healthy and healing way.
Consider these options: If you’re willing to put the effort into counting calories, how about counting your thoughts of God instead? If you’re willing to take the time to watch what you eat, how about watching what you think instead? If you’re willing to exercise your body, how about exercising your spiritual authority instead? Isn’t a prayer-filled regimen much more satisfying and all-inclusive than an exercise or diet plan? And more permanent too – just like God’s love!
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt 6:33)
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.