I went into the break room a few weeks ago to put my lunch in the refrigerator. Not long after I walked in someone walked in and put their coffee cup down and walked over to me. When I looked up at them, I knew something was wrong, and they needed prayer.
They said they had a prayer request and asked me would I pray. I said yes. They told me that they were having a problem with self-control in an area in their life and they needed prayer. They said while they were struggling with it the Lord reminded them that self-control was one of the fruits of the Spirit. This last characteristic of the fruit of the Spirit has to do with moderation, constraint and the ability to say no to the things that we want. Self-control is a gift that can free us from this burden of sin.
When they told me this, my jaw dropped. My mind began to swirl. I was having a problem with self-control in an area in my life as well. So, as they requested prayer for self-control, I could not think straight. I was saying in my mind, “Lord did you send them to me for me to pray to them, or did you me to them for them to pray for me?” I was shocked and confused.
I used to have a weight problem, so my issue with self-control has to do with a particular food item that I struggle to stay away from. I’ve been in some pretty serious battles over food since the 15 years ago when I lost over 100 pounds. So, having them come with such a serious and raw issue caught me off guard.
In response to their prayer request, I told them I would be glad to pray. After I prayed, I told them that I was having a problem as well. We both looked each other in amazement saying, “OH my goodness, look how God is working? Who’s the recipient here, you or me?” We both laughed.
A few days after my encounter in the break room I was in another serious self-control battle. During the battle, I dropped to my knees and told the Lord I couldn’t do it. I asked him to deliver me because it was beyond my control. A few days later while in prayer I felt a strong presence of the Lord come over me. Suddenly, instantly I knew that I was delivered from this issue. I have not had a battle over it since then.
I continue to pray not only for this person but everyone else in the world who has a problem with self-control in any area of their life.
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23