The tradition of praying before eating goes back to biblical times when Jesus fed multitudes of people with just a few loaves of bread and fish as he gave thanks. At the Last Supper, Jesus once again went on to set an example of Thanksgiving as he ate and drank among His disciples. When planning your next family mealtime, incorporate any one of these great prayers.
O God, thank you for enabling us to gather in this place so that we can share this great meal that is before us. Forgive us for taking such moments for granted. As we eat, may it bring nourishment to our bodies. Lord, just the way you provided for the children of Israel in the wilderness, please provide for those that don’t have anything to eat today. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
O Lord, thank you for the blessings that you have freely given to us. May your blessings be upon the food and water that we are about to partake. Let the blood of Jesus purify anything that will contaminate the food and cause us to fall sick. May we leave this table feeling energized so that we can be able to carry out regular duties for the glory of your name. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Heavenly Father, so many people are spending their days and nights hungry, but we have a constant supply of food in this home, and I want to say thank you. Thank you for the meal that is before us today. As we eat, may we do it with thanksgiving in our hearts. Forgive us for complaining and not being appreciative of your providence. May the meal fuel our bodies that we may have the energy to accomplish our purposes in this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Family Mealtime Prayer
Lord, we come before your throne as a family to thank you for your love for us. Thank you for the food that is before us. As we eat, may we remember your goodness towards our family. Lord, let the energy we get from this meal be used to do things that glorify your name. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Remembrance of Your Love Prayer
Dear God, as we sit down to have this meal, may we be reminded about your unconditional love towards us. Help us to share that love on this table and when we finish having our meals, may we go out there and share that love with the rest of the world. Guide our conversations right now that we may build each other up for the glory of your great name. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Bonding Time Prayer
Father God, may mealtimes in this place be times of bonding with each other. If there is anything that we have been holding against each other, God, use this time to help us set our differences aside so that we can come closer as a family. May this food give us strength and bless our bodies that we may be able to endure whatever challenges lie ahead of us. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.
Dining Out Prayer
Lord God, thank you for enabling us to have enough finances to go and dine out. Some wish they can dine out, but they cannot afford it. Purify these meals that we have ordered with the blood of Jesus. As we eat, may you satisfy our thirst and fill our hunger. Lord, cause us to be a blessing to this restaurant and those who can’t afford food. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the blessings that are upon us. You said in the word that those who come to you would never thirst or hunger. We know that the meal we are about to eat will only bring satisfaction for a little while. As we enjoy the meal, remind us that you are the bread of life, and it is only in you that we find true satisfaction. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Food Scarcity Prayer
Dear God, thank you so much for this meal. I didn’t know that I could have something to eat today. Food is so scarce this season, and having three meals a day in this house is a miracle. But I trust you, Lord, for you supply my needs according to your glorious riches. May your name be glorified forever. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Father God, thank you for this food that we are about to eat. Even though we did not ask you for it, Lord, you supplied it to us, thank you for that great love. As we partake of this meal, may our bodies be strengthened that we may become strong and productive. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.
Fellowship During Mealtime Prayer
Dear God, we thank you for watching over us throughout the day. As we eat this meal, may this time serve as a time for us to fellowship with one another. May everything we do or say be for your glory Lord. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.
Food That Endures Prayer
King of glory, I consecrate this food by your word and prayer. As we sit down to enjoy this meal, may we remember to always work for food that endures to eternal life which our Lord Jesus gives us. May we enjoy this small serving with love. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Those Who Prepared Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for this food. May it sustain and gladden our hearts. Thank you for the person that prepared it. Bless them in all their endeavors. May their cups run over, and may goodness and mercy follow them all the days of their lives. We love and honor you, for you’re the one that gives us food. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Father God, it is because of your grace that we are sitting in this place ready to have a meal together. Thank you for your favor and mercies towards us. May we continue walking in them as we eat and fellowship together. Through Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.
Eat with Joyful Hearts Prayer
O God in heaven, thank you for protecting us throughout the day and enabling us to gather here for this evening meal. May we eat this food with gladness and drink with joyful hearts. Thank you for approving this dinner time. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.