15 Best Mealtime Prayers for Families

Sitting together as a family for dinner is one of the most important things you can do on a daily basis. These best mealtime prayers for families will bring you closer together and create an environment where love and sharing happens.

Prayer #1

Blessed are you, Lord our God, maker of heaven and earth and Father of all your people: we give you glory for your goodness and for your loving care for us.

Bless this food [this bread] and grant that all who eat it may be strong in body and grow in your love.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, for ever and ever.

Prayer #2

Bless us, Oh Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord.

Prayer #3

May this food restore our strength, giving new energy to tired limbs, new thoughts to weary minds. May this drink restore our souls, giving new vision to dry spirits, new warmth to cold hearts. And once refreshed, may we give new pleasure to you, who gives us all.

Prayer #4

Blessed are you, Lord God, king of the universe: you raised your beloved son from the dead, and made him Lord of all. We turn to you in prayer and ask you to bless us and this food you have given us. Help us to be generous toward others, and to work with them so that they too may eat well.

Loving Father, may we all celebrate together around your table in heaven. We praise you and give you glory through Christ our Lord.

Prayer #5

Loving God, bless all those gathered here today as we come together in friendship and fellowship. Thank you for the blessings of our individual and collective God-given gifts. Place in our hearts the desire to make a difference to our families, to our community, to our country, and to the many cultures and peoples worldwide. Give us balance in times of distraction and uncertainty. Help us move towards our goals with determination and always with an abundant sense of humor. Thank you for food in a world where many know only hunger; For our faith in a world where many know fear; For friends in a world where many know only loneliness. Please bless this food we are about to share, those who prepared it, those who serve it, and those who have worked to make today the special occasion that it is. For all of this we give you thanks.

Prayer #6

Loving Father, we thank you for bringing us together for this meal: may we continue to live in your friendship and in harmony with one another. Bless this food, a sign of your loving care for us, and bless us in our daily lives. Bless your church throughout the world, and all those who seek to do your will today.

Father of mercy, all praise be to you through Jesus Christ our savior, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Prayer #7

Bless us, O God. Bless our food and our drink. Since you redeemed us so dearly and delivered us from evil, as you gave us a share in this food so may you give us a share in eternal life.

Prayer #8

Lord God and giver of all good gifts, we are grateful as we pause before this meal, for all the blessings of life that you give to us. Daily, we are fed with good things, nourished by friendship and care, feasted with forgiveness and understanding. And so, mindful of your continuous care, we pause to be grateful for the blessings of this table. May your presence be the extra taste to this meal which we eat in the name of your son, Jesus.

Prayer #9

Earth maker and Lord of all creation, we are mindful that this food before us has already been blessed by the sun, earth and rain. We pause to be grateful for the hidden gifts of life in this food.

Bless our eyes and taste so that we may eat this food in a holy and mindful manner.

We lift up this bread; may it be food and symbol for all of us who shall eat it.

Prayer #10

For food in a world where many walk in hunger; For faith in a world where many walk in fear; For friends in a world where many walk alone; We give you thanks, O Lord.

Prayer #11

Lord Jesus,
we are your brothers and sisters, and we gather here in your name. In your love, give us your blessing, and bless this food for us. Help us to grow in your love, and work with you to build up the kingdom of God.

Prayer #12

Our dear Heavenly Father, we thank thee for this food. Feed our souls on the bread of life and help us to do our part in kind words and loving deeds. We ask in Jesus’ name.

Prayer #13

Father of mercy,
we praise you and give you glory for the wonderful gifts you have given us: for life and health, for faith and love, and for this meal we have shared together.

Prayer #14

In a world where so many are hungry, may we eat this food with humble hearts; in a world where so many are lonely, May we share this friendship with joyful hearts.

Prayer #15

We have come to the last meal of this day, to our supper meal. Let us be mindful of how our Lord, at such a meal as this, washed his friends’ feet in an act of holy service. As this food is about to serve us as nourishment, may we also serve one another. May the seal of God’s love rest upon this food and upon this day now drawing to a close. May we and our gifts of food be under the tent of God’s peace.

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