Meals are an important aspect of spending time together as a family. If you want to grow closer to Jesus Christ, reciting a daily prayer by yourself or with your family before you eat is a great way to seek blessings and give thanks to the Lord. Here are some great non-denominational prayers for meals you can use and share.
Dear Father, it is another beautiful day that you have granted to us to share a meal. Thank you for the food set before us. Lord, we ask you to bless it and sanctify it so that we can get nourishment when we eat it. May our bodies be nourished that we can find the strength to continue serving you. May our souls also be nourished through your word and the words we share on this table. Let everything we do, including eating, be done for your glory. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Bless the Hands That Prepared Prayer
Father, thank you for enabling us to gather here for this meal today. We do not take this for granted, dear Lord. We want to thank you for the people that took the time to prepare this meal for us. Lord, bless the works of their hands and meet them at their point of need. Let everything they do bring glory to your holy name. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Mindful of Others Prayer
Lord, there are people in different parts of the world that don’t know where they will get their next meal. But we are gathered here to eat this meal, and we want to say thank you. Father, the earth and everything in it are yours, the world and everyone in it belongs to you. Father, open up doors for people who are on the verge of sleeping hungry to find their next meal. Don’t allow them to starve. Send divine helpers to their rescue. In Jesus’ name, I believe, and pray, Amen.
Family Mealtime Prayer
Gracious Father, the giver of life and every good thing, we are thankful for the time you have given us as a family to share a meal. Thank you for the blessings you have showered upon us. The enemy has torn so many families; they cannot sit together to share a meal, but we are still going strong because of the bond that we share, and that is Jesus Christ. Lord, help us to continue walking in your path individually and as a family. We pray this believing in Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior, Amen.
Reinforce Your Love Prayer
Father Lord, mealtimes are not just times for eating but also for bonding as a family. Lord, as we eat, reinforce your love upon us as a family. Help us to walk and work together in love. Let the love of Christ overflow in this family that we may be able to go out there and share it with others. May this family be salt and light in the world. Let our bonding time go beyond meals for the glory of your holy name. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.
Thankful Heart Prayer
Oh Lord, we praise your name with all our hearts. Thank you for providing us this meal. Father, help us to have grateful hearts as we eat. Forgive us for all the times we have complained about the things you have freely given to us. Thank you for our lives, neighbors, and friends. May they also be thankful for the meals that you’ve provided for them, and may they share with thanksgiving in the hearts. Lord, we glorify your name for all the blessings that you’ve given us. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Dear Jesus, thank you for this day. Thank you for helping us to sit at this table so that we can share a meal. Give us the grace to face the challenges that we are going through in life. May we enjoy the food despite every negative thing in our lives. May the meal bring nourishment to our bodies and souls. As we bond during this particular time that you foreknew and planned, help us to encourage and build each other up as you have told us in the word. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.
Be Present Prayer
God, thank you for always being there for us. We ask you to be present in this place as we eat this meal. Engulf us with your love and let us pour it on others when we leave this place. Lord, we come against any manner of strife and contention that tends to arise during mealtimes, in the name of Jesus. We declare that we shall enjoy this meal for the glory of your holy name. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Oh God, we are grateful for the blessings you have bestowed in our lives. You have provided for us this food today, and we want to say thank you, Lord. Thank you for my loved ones who are gathered here to share this meal with me. Thank you for keeping us safe and healthy, we cannot take that for granted because we know some people are sick they cannot eat or drink anything. But here we are ready to enjoy the meal that you’ve set before us. Father, heal the sick and give them a good appetite that they may get to enjoy meals that their families and loved ones have prepared for them. Help us to always have grateful hearts. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Father God, thank you for making us worthy to sit here as your children and eat this meal. It is not that we are better than other people who are sleeping hungry today, it’s because you are a good and gracious Father. Before we eat this meal, help us to examine ourselves. May we eat this meal in a way that glorifies you and not out of greed. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Oh, Mighty God, we bless your name and proclaim your greatness. Thank you for the food and water that is before us. We speak a blessing over them. Lord, it has been quite an eventful day, and most of us are very tired. May we find rest in you as we eat this food. Father, remove any form of wariness in our midst and help us to have fun as we eat and spend time together. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lord, I thank you for supplying all our needs according to your glorious riches. Thank you for providing us with this food in abundance. As we eat, help us always to remember that you are our provider. You always find pleasure in giving your children good things, Lord. We need your help to handle some issues in our lives. Jesus, help us to continue standing in faith, knowing that just the way you have provided for us this meal you’ll also open the floodgates of heaven and bless us. It is in Jesus’ name that we believe and pray. Amen.
Father, many people out there wish that they could have a simple meal, but they cannot. They are either very sick, poor or are being mistreated by other people. But we are here ready to eat the food set before us. Lord, forgive us if we are not joyful about it. May we enjoy this meal and be appreciative of the fact that we can eat because you’ve given it to us in abundance and also because you have given us good appetites. In Jesus’ name, I believe and pray, Amen.
Lord, you have blessed us with a lot of food today, and we want to say thank you. Thank you for bringing us together and for the freedom that you have given us to enjoy this meal. Father, we pray for those people who struggle with anorexia and bulimia. Eating food is a burden to them because of the lies that the enemy has planted in their mind. Purify their minds with the blood of your son that they may start to eat food in a way that glorifies you. You are the God that gives exceedingly abundantly above and beyond. Lord, provide for those who don’t have anything to eat. Stir the hearts of people you have set as divine helpers to go out and purchase foodstuffs for these people. Lord help us always to be grateful for our table that overflows with abundant blessings from your throne of grace. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Father, thank you for blessing our food and water. As we eat, this food, help us always to remember that every good and perfect gift comes from you and that through the stripes of Jesus, our bodies are healed. Lord, help us to walk in this healing that Jesus purchased for us. If there is anyone that is sick in this place, Lord, heal them. Let the nutrients that come from this food give them strength, and may they leave this place when they are whole again. Let your peace come into this place as we eat. Remove anything that is troubling our hearts and help us to have peace. In Jesus’ name, I believe and 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.