Mealtime prayers are essential conversations with God. Paul tells us to: “Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Poverty and starvation are an everyday reality for some, while others of us quench their thirst and put hunger at bay at our leisure. No matter which side of the pendulum we find ourselves on, praying God’s will over our lives and our meals is important. “… for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18b NLT)
Praying God’s blessing over our meals is a simple way to make a big difference on the daily alignment of our hearts. Use dinner time and all other times of eating to recall God’s goodness in your life. It helps us remember that our blessings come from our Creator… who deserves credit for all.
Here are 10 prayers that will fit any mealtime situation, from formal family dinners, to meals on the go at the neighborhood drive-thru:
Table of contents
- 1 1. A Prayer That This Food May Fuel Us to Do Your Work
- 2 2. A Prayer in Remembrance of the Hungry
- 3 3. A Prayer of Confession
- 4 4. A Prayer for Family Mealtime
- 5 5. A Prayer for Mealtime Fellowship
- 6 6. A Prayer for When Someone is Missed at the Table
- 7 7. A Prayer for Dining Out
- 8 8. A Prayer in Remembrance of the Last Supper
- 9 9. A Prayer for When Food is Scarce
- 10 10. A Prayer for the Drive-Thru
- 11 8 Most important for Breakthrough Prayer points for the Family
1. A Prayer That This Food May Fuel Us to Do Your Work
Father, Praise You for the nourishment the You provide. Thank You for meeting our physical needs of hunger and thirst. Forgive us for taking that simple joy for granted, and bless this food to fuel our bodies forward into Your will for our lives. We pray that we will be energized and be able to work for the glory of Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
2. A Prayer in Remembrance of the Hungry
Father, You are mighty and strong to sustain our bodies. Thank You for the meal we are about to enjoy. Forgive us for forgetting how many pray for food to relieve their starvation. Bless and relieve the starvation of those who hunger, Lord, and inspire our hearts to seek out ways that we can help from our abundance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
3. A Prayer of Confession
Father, This meal is the work of Your hands. You have provided for me, again, and I am grateful. I confess my tendency to forget to ask Your blessing upon my life, through the comforts that You have given me to enjoy. So many people lack these daily comforts and it is selfish of me to forget about them in their need. Show me how to make the most of Your blessing in my life, for everything I have is a gift from You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
4. A Prayer for Family Mealtime
Father, We have gathered to share a meal in Your honor. Thank You for putting us together as family, and thank You for this food. Bless it to our bodies, Lord. We thank you for all of the gifts you’ve given to those around this table. Help each member of our family use these gifts to your glory. Guide our mealtime conversations and steer our hearts to Your purpose for our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
5. A Prayer for Mealtime Fellowship
Father, Praise You for friendship and family! Thank You for bringing us together today to share a meal. The people in our lives bring us such joy, and we are grateful for time spent in fellowship together. Help us use this time to bond closer as a group, and learn to love each other more. Bless our appetites, both physical and spiritual, to honor You in all we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
6. A Prayer for When Someone is Missed at the Table
Father, We are coping with an empty seat at our table. Be with the one we are without, today, and help us to trust in Your timing, purpose, and great love for us all. As we miss ____________ today, we pray Your blessing over him/her/them, and us, and the space in between now and when we see them next. Until then, may this food bless our bodies, and give us strength to endure the day ahead. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
7. A Prayer for Dining Out
Father, Bless this establishment and employees as they prepare and serve our food. Thank You for the opportunity to have our meal brought to us, and the ability to relax and enjoy this time with one another. We understand our privilege to be here, and we pray to be a blessing to those we encounter in this place. Bless our conversation, and may we honor You in all we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
8. A Prayer in Remembrance of the Last Supper
Father, As we sit here today preparing to eat this food, we remember Your Son. How He came here as a human being, and ate with His family and friends just like we do. Thank You for the gift of Jesus, and that we can look to Him knowing He understands our hunger. Bless us, Lord Jesus, and stir our hearts to remember You in all we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
9. A Prayer for When Food is Scarce
Father, We come to You hungry, today. It’s hard to understand why we don’t have enough to eat, but we come to You for strength, knowing that You are our provider. Help us to trust that You will sustain us through times of abundance and times of scarcity. Bless us and help us get back up on our feet again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
10. A Prayer for the Drive-Thru
Father, Thank You for the drive-thru, that saves our time on busy days. We pray for those who prepared our food, and we ask that we would be a blessing to them during our brief encounter today. We remember that they are your children, and that they should be treated with kindness and respect, so that they will be able to see You in our actions. Bless this food to our bodies and keep us safe on the road today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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8 Prayer Points for the Family: Most important for Breakthrough. The family is established upon divine creation to accomplish God’s purpose and to enrich our lives. Eventually, in this present age of advanced communication, the family unit neglect communicating with God by omitting family prayers.
Focusing on prayers will make the entire family thrive. Take a look at these prayer points for the family and use them daily in your family life. Praying for your family – here 8 most important for breakthrough prayer points for the family.
8 Most important for Breakthrough Prayer points for the Family
Praying for your family:
- Pray and ask God to go with your family.
- Dedicate your family to serve the Lord.
- Pray for the release of vision into your home.
- Pray for unity in your family.
- Pray that God would bless your family with good health.
- Pray and thank God for meeting your financial needs.
- Pray for the Children.
- Pray for Parents.
1. Pray and ask God to go with your family
“And he said unto him, if thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence” (Exodus 33:15).
We must daily take out time to dedicate our family into the hands of God. Pray that His presence will always go before and after them wherever they are. Speak a covering over each member of the family.
2. Dedicate your family to serve the Lord
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
Pray and disconnect from every affiliation from previous generations. Use the blood of His son Jesus Christ to break any covenants made in your family bloodline with other gods. Pray against generational curses. Declare that your family is God’s and you all are moving forward in Jesus name.
3. Pray for the release of vision into your home
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18).
In the case where there is lack of vision in the family, the verse above states that the people perish. Prayer points for the family here is to ask God to pour out vision into your home today. Pray and believe God to release vision into every member of the family. Pray against all kinds of stagnancy and declare progression into all they do.
4. Pray for unity in your family
Unity is very paramount in the family (Psalm 133). God has a principle of commanding His blessing where there is unity. Lack of unity devoid families of God’s blessings. Our prayer points for the family as related to this is to ask that God blesses our family with unity. Pray and ask God to give every member of your family the heart of forgiveness. Pray against any rooted seed of bitterness in our hearts. Ask God to bring you all together in love peace and unity in the name of Jesus.
5. Pray that God would bless your family with good health
“And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee” (Exodus 23:25).
We would suffer and perish if there is no physical and spiritual sound health in the family. Pray that God should send divine health to you all. Pray for those that are with disease and ask God to destroy all forms of sickness in Jesus name. Ask and pray that God would revive your prayer lives and spiritual health.
6. Pray and thank God for meeting your financial needs
God promises that He would meet and supply all our needs in Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. Thank God for daily meeting the needs of all family members. God honours His word more than His name. He would do whatever He says He would. Speak His blessings over all family members. Don’t forget that you should pray and declare that you all will reap whatever you have sowed.
7. Praying for your family Pray for the Children
But Jesus said,“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven”(Matthew 19:14).
Children are the heritage of God. We are to train them in the right path as they make their way through this world. Our prayer points for the family as regarding the children is that God would furnish the parents to raise children in the way the Lord wants them to go. Pray for wisdom for parents to nurture the children in the way of the Lord. Also, pray against any hindrance that would stand against them in knowing God. Pray well that God would preserve your children and keep their purity.
8. Pray for Parents
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
God instructs parents on the plan to follow when raising children. Pray that God would raise fathers in this fatherless generation that would stand in the gap. Also, pray that God will give fathers the wisdom they require to lead and make them humble.
Pray and bring the mothers into the hands of God to strengthen them in their daily challenges. Pray that mothers will never feel inadequate for the task and they geared up for such a time as this in Jesus name. Amen.
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When I think about what should be included in dinner prayers, a smile forms on my face. When our family shared a meal, the kids always ended the dinner prayers with, “and no tornados!” It has now become a family tradition.
Dinner prayers often include:
- Thanking God for the meal He has allowed us to have, because good things come from God. And food is one of those good things.
- Asking God to bless the hands that prepared the food.
- Asking God to bless the food to our bodies, for its nutritive and healing values.
- Close the dinner prayer by thanking Him for the gift of the food and the people around you.
- Finish with Amen, which means “so be it.”
A sample dinner prayer would be: “Thank You, Lord for blessing us with this food. We thank You for always providing for our needs. Thank you for mom who prepared this meal for us. We ask that You would bless this food to our bodies. Thank You, Father, for each person who shares this meal with us today. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.”
God has promised to provide for those who love Him. As we praise Him in dinner prayers for the food, we can pray for those less fortunate than us. Ask God to meet their needs and provide them with food.
Your dinner prayers do not need to be fancy. They can be as short as, “Thank You God for this food.” There are no hard and fast rules for praying. God is seeking sincerity and genuine thankfulness. Just tell Him what you are thankful for and He will hear you.
Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayers.
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