Sitting together as a family for dinner is one of the most important things you can do on a daily basis. Here are 15 of the best mealtime prayers for families that will bring you closer together and create an environment where love and sharing happens.
Prayer of Thanks for Blessings
Creator of Heaven and Earth, we give thanks to You for this good food and for all of Your blessings that have overtaken us. We are grateful that You have prospered us abundantly and blessed all the work of our hands. We thank You that we have no lack. Please bless our dear ones that prepared this meal and bless the kitchen and home in which it was made. Amen.
Prayer to Bless What We Eat and Drink
Steadfast Father, we thank You that You faithfully provide for all our needs, and we lift up our grateful hearts today and thank You for this meal. As we listen carefully to Your Word and serve You, we ask that You bless what we eat and what we drink and take sickness away from us. We thank You that Your angel goes before us to protect us and guide us. Amen.
Prayer to the Fountain of Love
Almighty Father, Fountain of Love, we honor You and bless Your Name. We give You thanks for this healthy and delicious meal, and for each member of our family that is sitting around this table. Please bless our conversations as we eat together, that we would uplift You and encourage each other. We are grateful that You are our Creator God and that we are Yours. Amen.
Prayer to the Bread of Life
Lord of Loving Devotion, we come into Your presence with joy, and we pour out our gratitude for all the ways You care for us. We thank You for this food and fellowship that we are about to enjoy. And we remember that we do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from Your mouth, for You are the Bread of Life. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving for Loving Devotion
Dear Lord, as we sit down to this meal together, we give thanks to You and bless Your Name for this food and all of Your blessings toward us, for You are good, Your loving devotion endures forever, and Your faithfulness continues from generation to generation. We thank You for Your favor toward us. We ask that our children and our children’s children will be established before You. Amen.
Prayer to Lord of Hosts
O Lord of Hosts, we bow our heads before You now in thankfulness for Your provision for us. We thank You for this meal and for each person sitting at this table. May each member of our family be like a tree planted by streams of water, delighting and meditating in Your Word, yielding fruit in season for Your Kingdom, and prospering in all they do in Your Name. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving for Sustenance
O Mighty Lord, we bless Your Name and praise and thank You for the sustenance You provide, day after day. We thank You that You are a shield around us, our glory, and the lifter of our heads. We can live in peace, for You sustain us. We do not need to fear harm, for You are our Deliverer. We thank You for the blessings You shower on our family. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving for Abundant Food
Eternal King, as we gather for this meal, we thank You for blessing us with abundant food and drink. We thank You that You hear us when we call to You. Thank You for shining Your face on us and filling our hearts with joy. Thank You that we live in peace and safety. Lead us, O Lord, in Your righteousness and make Your way straight before us. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving for Shelter
O God, our Rock of Refuge, as we prepare to sit down and eat this food You have provided, our hearts overflow with thankfulness that You surround us with Your shield of favor. We love Your Name and we rejoice that we find shelter and blessing in You. We sing our praises to You, O Lord Most High. How majestic is Your Name in all the earth. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving for Daily Bread
Lord of Glory, we give You thanksgiving for blessing us with our daily bread. Even the voices of our small children give thanks to You, for from the mouths of children and infants You have ordained praise. Dearest Lord, we are humbled and honored that You are mindful of us and that You have placed all things under our feet and made us caretakers of Your creation. Amen.
Prayer of Gratitude for Generous Gifts
O Most High, we give thanks to You with all our hearts for Your generous gift of this nourishing food. We find joy as we remember Your wonders and Your miracles. We are grateful for Your justice and that You are our stronghold in times of trouble. We thank You for Your tender mercies toward us. You are our King forever and forever, and You strengthen our hearts. Amen.
Prayer for Those Gathered Around the Table
Immortal King, receive our thanks for this delicious meal and for the blessing of our family gathered around the table. May we abide in You always, dearest Savior. May each of us around this table walk with integrity and practice righteousness. May we speak truth from our hearts and do harm to no one. May we honor our brothers and sisters who fear You, and may we never be shaken. Amen.
Prayer to the One Who Joins Us
Ever-Present Lord, as our family gathers around this table for this meal, we remember that Your Presence is here among us. We thank You that You have prepared this table for us and that You feed us with Your Word, and give us to drink of Your Holy Spirit. Lord, You are our chosen portion and our cup. Apart from You we have no good thing. Amen.
Prayer to the Lord of Our Home
King of Heaven, we come to this table with thanksgiving for Your abundant love and care. You have made known to us the path of life. We set You before us as the Lord of our home, and are grateful for Your flood of blessings over our family. We dwell securely in Your love. Keep us as the apple of Your eye, and hide us in the shadow of Your wings. Amen.
Prayer to the One Who Fills Our Bodies and Souls
O Lord, with Your hand You fill us with all good things – our earthly food which we are preparing to enjoy, along with Your spiritual sustenance for our souls, which is sweeter than honey. We are filled up and satisfied in Your Presence. You arm us with strength and subdue adversity beneath our feet. You give us the desires of our hearts and make our plans succeed. 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.