I Bind These Calories
- Created on December 8th, 2005
I once attended a banquet for a political event and was seated at a table with two "very large" women, a mother and her daughter. They seemed intelligent and were good conversationalist. One of the women at my table was asked to bless the food for the banquet. When she got toward the end of her prayer, she said something that I found to be quite interesting, if not just plain comical. "Lord, I bind these calories in this food, especially the cake and ice cream, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. I almost fell out of my seat with laughter.
Both she and her daughter were "grossly" overweight, and if she really had the power to "bind these calories", she should have done so long before she and her daughter became so obese. Her prayer may have been sincere, but it was obviously not effective. It was a "big" waste of time to say the least.
Would God answer a prayer like this "I bind these calories"? Or was she just wasting her breath? It reminded me of a story my doctor told me of a diabetic man that prayed and promised God he would only eat sweets on the weekend. That same man wound up in the hospital one weekend in a "diabetic coma."
I would not purposely run into traffic on a busy highway and ask God to stop the cars, or charge thousands of dollars worth of merchandise on my credit cards and start praying fervently for "debt cancellation" when I knew I didn’t have the money to pay the bills in the first place. People engaging in unprotected sex should not be surprised when a pregnancy occurs, or they end up with a STD. Asking God to "bind" the pregnancy or disease as a result of reckless behavior simply will not work.
It’s not that God can’t answer those types of prayers; but it really comes down to tempting God — Doing something that you know you obviously shouldn’t do, but doing it anyway because you’re "acting in faith" that God will bind the negative consequences of your actions.
"Acting in faith" is very different from being just plain foolish or irresponsible. Jesus told the devil in Matthew 4:7 "Thou Shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." Jesus refused to put God through foolish, unnecessary test. Galatians 5:23 speak about temperance (self control) as being one of the fruits of the "Spirit." No type of prayer will ever take the place of your God given self–control. "I bind these calories" or "I bind" anything else resulting from your lack of self–control is a poor way to use your faith when you should have just used your God–given gift of self–discipline."
God does and will do miraculous things in all of our lives. Not using what he has already provided is not being a good steward of God’s wonderful provisions.
Blessings on your journey to wellness
Rev. G.W. Styles