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In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)
Jesus also blessed the food and gave thanks for it when He fed the 5,000, and when He instituted the Lord’s Supper. Thus Christians all over the world make it their regular practice to pray a prayer of blessing and thanks before their meals. But scripture does not record the words Jesus prayed, which is probably a good thing, as it has allowed Christians to develop many different prayers. Here is a collection of prayers I have found from various sources. Of course, it is best to pray from the heart, and avoid getting in a rut. But perhaps by sharing these prayers, it will prompt you to pray some fresh thoughts as you thank God for His blessings each time you eat. Here are the prayers. Where I know the source, I list it in parentheses:
“Thank you, Lord, for the food we are about to receive, and for the nourishment to our bodies. For Christ’s sake, Amen.”
“Humble our hearts, Oh Lord, and make us thankful for these and all our blessings. In Christ name Amen.” (Shared by Brenda Holloway and Darren Thomas)
“Lord, bless this food to our nourishment, and us to Your service. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” (Traditional prayer I heard in my family.)
“Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive, through Thy bounty through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.” (Traditional Roman Catholic prayer.)
“God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By His hands, we are fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen.” (Traditional children’s rhyme.)
“ABCDEFG Thank you, God, for feeding me.”
To the tune of Superman Theme: “Thank you God for giving us food. Thank you God for giving us food. For daily bread, that we are fed. Thank you God , for giving us food” (Shared by Joseph & Beth Copeck)
“Thank You for the food we eat, yum yum! Thank You for the friends we meet, ho ho! Thank You for the birds that sing, a-ling a-ling! Thank You, Lord, for everything, Amen!” (Robin Anker Peterson of Perth, Scotland, sang this happily to his young children.)
To the tune of Frere Jacques (“Brother John”): “God our Father, God our Father, We thank you, We thank you, For our many blessings, For our many blessings, A-men, A-men.”
“Good food, good meat, good Lord, let’s eat. Amen.”
“Lord, bless this bunch as they munch their lunch.”
“Grace in the kitchen, Grace in the hall, please O God, don’t let them get it all.” (Shared by Buddy Wasson)
“Lazarus rose, Moses led, Noah built, Jesus fed. Amen.” (Debbie T. Alsup)
PRAYERS MENTIONING FAMILY AND FRIENDS
“Heavenly Father, bless this food, and bless our friends and family who’ve come to dine with us today. Amen.”
“God, we give you thanks for the delicious food on our table, for the loved ones gathered around, and for you, who make it all possible. We are humbly grateful. Amen.” (Norman Vincent Peale, A Prayer for Every Need)
“Dear Lord, we’ve gathered to share good times, good conversation, good friends, and good food, which we thank you for all. Amen.”
“Bless the food before us, the family beside us, and the love between us.” (Shared by Lynda Easterling Stinson)
PRAYERS REMEMBERING THOSE IN NEED
“Give us grateful hearts, O Father, for all thy mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (1928 Book of Common Prayer)
“For food in a world where many are 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. Amen.” (Huron Hunger Fund, Anglican Church of Canada)
“Oh Lord, make us grateful for this food that we are about to receive, as we remember those who do not have enough to eat. Amen.”
PRAYERS MENTIONING THOSE WHO PREPARED THE FOOD
“Thank you, Lord for this food, and bless the hands that prepared it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” (Traditional prayer I heard in my family.)
“God, many hands made this meal possible. Farmers grew it. Truckers drove it. Grocers sold it. We prepared it. Bless all those hands, and help us always remember our dependence on you. Amen.” (Norman Vincent Peale, A Prayer for Every Need)
“You are mighty Lord, and all providing. We thank you for this food we have been given for nourishment and delight. We ask a special blessing to those who prepared this meal with love and care tonight. Amen.”
PRAYERS IN OTHER LANGUAGES
An old Scottish blessing: Some hae meat and cannae eat. Some nae meat but want it. We hae meat and we can eat and sae the Lord be thankit. Translated: Some have meat and cannot eat. Some no meat but want it. We have meat and we can eat and .
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Some hae meat and cannae eat. Some nae meat but want it. We hae meat and we can eat and sae the Lord be thankit. Translated: Some have meat and cannot eat. Some no meat but want it. We have meat and we can eat and .
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“Some hae meat and cannae eat. Some nae meat but want it. We hae meat and we can eat and sae the Lord be thankit.” (Some have meat and cannot eat. Some no meat but want it. We have meat and we can eat and so the Lord be thanked.) (Scottish blessing.)
“Alles das wir haben (All that we have), Alles ist gegaben (All of it is a gift), Es kommt, O Gott, von dir (It comes, O God, from you), Wir danken dir dafuer. (We thank you for it.)” (German blessing.)
“Cristo, pan de vida (Christ, bread of life) Ven y bendice esta comida. Amen. (Come and bless this food.)” (Spanish blessing.)
My mom tells the story that when I was a little boy, a family member asked me to say the prayer at a large family gathering. I gave thanks for everything on the table and everything else in sight, and as my prayer went on and on, my mom tried to bring me to an end by interrupting with an “Amen.” I looked up and said, “But I’m not finished praying yet.” I suppose there are two lessons in that story. On the one hand, we need to keep our public prayers short and sweet. But on the other hand, we should never be finished praying from the heart. As scripture says, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, KJV).
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Here is a prayer to pray over anyone suffering with Drug addiction.
Some biblical scholars argue whether or not Drug addiction is of Human Nature or of Demonic nature. We aren’t going to weigh in on this argument. The fact is, no matter what causes the addiction- Freewill/Devil or both, our friends and family members need our prayers and the Lord’s help.
We ask that you pray this prayer over your loved one, inserting his or her name where prompted, and read aloud for all of creation to hear you. We have prayed over this prayer and are in agreement with you. The bible clearly states that when two or more people are present, the Holy Spirit is there and active. We have prayed for you and over this prayer and we believe the Holy Spirit will respond to your prayer and cries for help.
We say Amen to your prayer. Lets Pray:
Father God, we thank you for all of creation and we thank you for the gift of our Family, Friends and Loved ones in our lives. We thank you that we can be a blessing to them, and that they can in return can be a blessing to us when needed. We thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ, and also for the sacrifice of Jesus for all of our sins. We praise You God, Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ.
Lord, you as our creator, we trust in your name so we call for your help day and night. Lord, you know how I feel every moment when I think of (Name Here). It hurts to see (Name Here) being ill both physically and mentally from the effects of drugs.
Heavenly Father I lift up (Name Here) to you and ask for mercy to give (his/her) life back and to show (Name Here) that through Your Mercy and Grace they can live a clean life again. Help (Name Here) hit rock bottom Lord so this vicious cycle of abuse will stop. Open (Name Here)’s heart to the truth and take away the confusion of this world and remove the influence of the Devil and his Demons that might have a stronghold in (Name Here)’s life. We acknowledge that some addictions are of Human nature, but with some God, we acknowledge that the enemy is trying to destroy a person or household.
God place Your loving arms of protection around (Name Here), and surround (Name Here) with a battalion of Guardian Angels. Lord God, I believe that the Army of Heaven is greater than the Army of darkness and I believe that (Name Here) will overcome any satanic influence in their life.
Remove those enablers from (Name Here)’s life. Remove those who perpetuate the use of drugs, or have an influence on (Name here)’s life. Surround (Name Here) with only clean, good, wholesome, God fearing people who positively support them- not seek to drag them down.
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Lord Jesus, help (Name Here) to be brave and not give up. When (Name Here) is weak, lift (him/her) up. Increase their faith and allow them to know that You will be her to save (him/her) and that You have a plan for (Name Here) because You are a loving and merciful Christ and God. I pray that (Name Here) will come to You and ask for Your help, and that You WILL answer Father.
Matt 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
I believe You Jesus, though Your stripes can and will deliver everyone who is trapped in this living nightmare of addiction. God take away and break the addiction to prescription pills, street drugs (Name known drugs here), Alcohol and Marijuana.
Place conviction in their hearts, not condemnation, and clear a path to correction in their lives and healing through Your Love, Hope, Faith and Forgiveness and Grace. Expose (Name Here) to the calling on (his/her) life. Work thought their freewill and allow them to be real with the people in their lives, and allow (Name Here) to be real with (his/her)self.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,and with his wounds we are healed.
Lord, open (Name Here)’s heart, body, soul and spirit to let go of any other addictions in their life that could also strengthen the addiction to drugs, be it sex, anger, control, lying, shopping- whatever takes their focus from You Father God. Lord Jesus, lead them out of the darkness. Get them the help they need to get and be with them though the process, and while they fight their freewill, allow (Name Here) to stay clean.
Acts 5:16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
I also pray that You give me peace that surpasses understanding, as I continue to try and deal with this situation. Allow the Holy Spirit to flow through me and give me wisdom and understanding. Allow the peace of Christ to come over me, and that the knowledge You Father are actively working on this. Jesus be my peace, strength and rock.
Allow us to stand up for what is right with our loved one and not enable them to continue this addiction. Let my claiming their prayer over (Name Here) be a catalyst for Your action in their life. And allow me the knowledge of when to step away and allow them to hit bottom, if that is a part of your plan for their life.
Also Father God, I ask that you be with every Father, Mother, Sister Brother, Son, Daughter, Close Family member, Friend who is crying out to you for their loved ones addiction recovery. We acknowledge Lord that this may take time, so allow me and those praying for our loved ones, friend and family- strength and conviction to hold the course and allow you to work in Your time.
Lord we claim:
Mark 11:22-24 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Acts 4:29-30 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
Thank you Father God for hearing to our petitions for our Family, Friends and Loved ones that are suffering from addictions. And thank your for hearing my petition laid before Your Throne in the Throne room of Heaven for (Name Here) my (relation to you).
I ask and believe that you are working in my and (Name Here)’s favor. This in Jesus name, the Holy Spirit and You God Almighty. Amen!
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“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial… (l Corinthians 10:23, New International Version)
Go to www.foodaddictioninstitute.org for amazing fact-finding up-to-date research on food addiction.
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Freedom from compulsive and/or addictive eating is the goal. A healthy body is an obvious manifestation of success. However, many find other surprising benefits when they surrender to the disease of food addiction. They recognize a peace that passes all understanding, and in time they find happiness and joy in trusting God each new day. It is a sweet surrender.
When the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control… (Galatians 5:22-23, The Living Bible)
The recovery solution for compulsive and/or addictive eating is a controversial subject. There are many opinions and many sources of information. My personal experience taught me to investigate the possibilities. I asked God to help me discern the truth for me as a food addict. I had already tried different approaches and different food plans in my search for relief. Eventually, I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Sweet Surrender is my testimony–my experience, strength and hope–my conclusion thus far. I humbly admit that I only know what I think I know. I can only share what God has revealed to me in my years of abstinence, and I admit that there are different strokes for different folks.
I strongly encourage everyone to consider a healthy* plan of eating. With the help of God, it is best to consult with a physician, dietitian or nutritionist for the best solution to an individual’s dietary needs. Abstinence (recovery from overeating and food obsession) is having a plan of eating and doing that plan, whatever it is.
The 12-steps from the Christian perspective and the outreach ministry of Full of Faith go beyond the physical—beyond the food plan. Emotional and spiritual healing comes with God’s Word realized and activated. We can share our love and knowledge of Jesus and let go of the differences in our individual committed food plans. The Food Addiction Institute (FAI) has produced current scientific evidence that many (if not most) people who struggled with food cravings,
found freedom when they eliminated sugar and flour from their plans of eating. In time, other trigger foods are noted and thus eliminated. For me, artificial sweeteners was a necessary culprit that caused cravings. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (l Corinthians l0:31, New International Version)
*I believe that a healthy plan of eating should include the basics for good nutrition—a good balance of proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and fats. If a newcomer is not nutritionally aware, a medical professional might feel more comfortable approving the Step Easy Food Plan on this site (a more traditional approach to eliminating sugar, flour and artificial sweeteners).
Hi, My name is Pam from Auburn, MA. I am the founder and director of Full of Faith, Christian 12-Step Recovery from Food Addiction, and I am the author of Sweet Surrender, which is a testimony of my from rags-to-riches story.
I am here in hopes of helping, educating and encouraging people who have a tendency to overeat (or under eat or have a warped body image) despite intelligent reasoning and a determined will to follow a healthy way of eating. Eating disorders come in many forms.
Maybe you are like me. I had more than a TENDENCY to overeat! In the last days of my overeating career, I could NOT stop overeating. I really could NOT, no matter how much I tried. No diet, or prayer or mindset kept me away from overeating. It was a constant merry-go-round. Try and fail…try and fail…try something new and fail…try something else and fail again. It was devastating. Day after day, I cried, “Lord, what is wrong with me?”
Ever feel that way?
Years before, I had attended AA with my husband. I had ignored God’s leading that my problem was similar to his, only sugar was my alcohol. Actually, I tried giving up sugar, like my husband was giving up alcohol, but didn’t even make it to lunch the first day. I decided that it was a stupid idea…and went right back to my search.
BUT in time, as God would have it, when I got sick and tired of being sick and tired, I saw an ad in the newspaper about a 12-step group for overeaters. I called for information and was sent some questions to answer. These questions and my answers at the time are in my book, Sweet Surrender, on pages 64-68.
I want to suggest that you pause and think about these questions. If you are like me, this could be a life-changing appointment.
1) Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
2) Do you go on eating binges for no apparent reason?
3) Do you have feelings of guilt and remorse after overeating?
4) Do you give too much time and thought to food?
5) Do you look forward with pleasure and anticipation to the time when you can eat alone?
6) Do you plan these secret binges ahead of time?
7) Do you eat sensibly before others and make up for it alone?
8) Is your weight affecting the way you live your life?
9) Have you tried to diet for a week (or longer), only to fall short of your goals?
10) Do you resent others telling you to “use a little willpower” to stop overeating?
11) Despite evidence to the contrary, have you continued to assert that you can diet “on your own” whenever you wish?
12) Do you crave to eat at a definite time, day or night, other than mealtime?
13) Do you eat to escape from worries or trouble?
14) Have you ever been treated for obesity or a food related condition?
15) Does your eating behavior make you or others unhappy?
Yikes, I just read some of my thoughts back then…and remembered……….yes, I remembered.
Question 8 says “Is your weight affecting the way you live your life?” This was my response, written over 26 years ago.
“Dad refers to me as “happy go lucky.” The truth is I am not happy. Most assuredly my weight is affecting my life. I should not feel so distraught. I have a nice home, a husband who loves and supports the family and two wonderful children whom I adore.
Carl and I have had our difficulties, but we are okay. I know it is God’s will for me to be a responsible, loving parent and a caring wife. I am successful most of the time; however, I
could be kind and loving one minute, when I am in control of my food and having a “good” day on my diet, and then on a “bad” day, I am like another person–some eccentric lunatic. My poor husband and my children are ignored or worse, I get angry. I start banging cabinet doors and complaining about everything and everybody. By the grace of God, I have the ability to save most of my overeating until late evenings. Then I can refrain from hurting the people I love. I am alone with my food. The only victim for my abusive thoughts and action is myself. Outside the home when I am obliged to attend a social affair or a sporting event, I sit somewhere hoping to remain unnoticed. I am ashamed of my size and my lack of grace. I waddle when I walk. I fear people judging me, as I am judging them. Fat is ugly. Thin is beautiful. I would prefer staying home where I am safe and secure in my private little world.”Forgive me, friends, for saying, “Fat is ugly”. It was what I thought at the time. I couldn’t see beyond my low self-esteem.
Food addiction is a three-fold disease. Ouch, yes, I believe food addiction is a disease like alcoholism. Alcoholics abstain from alcohol. Food addicts abstain from sugar and flour (and other trigger foods as they become apparent on a personal basis).
I remember hearing that for the first time. It warped my mind…”No sugar or flour, Lord?” It rattled my brain. I could not fathom the idea of living without my “drugs” of choice indefinitely….for the rest of my life…. BUT the knowledge that food addiction is a chemical dependency, held great hope for me. And I heard “Can you do this just for today?”
I started reading the Big Book of AA, and read about what the doctors said about alcoholism. “The only answer is abstinence”. That was pretty cut-and-dry. Just like an alcoholic cannot drink a drop, a food addict cannot eat even a taste, lick or bite of sugar or flour.
If you have the tendency to overeat or binge, even now and then, you could be like me, only in the earlier stages of food addiction. The co-leaders of the ministry have first-hand experience with bulimia and anorexia.
Here’s the good news. You can get free! It is possible.
Abstinence is the answer. Most people think of abstinence as refraining from sex, but for a food addict, abstinence refers to a food plan that eliminates all sugar, flour and trigger foods. It sounds extreme, but today I love how I eat. I love how I live.
You can find a food plan on this website. It’s an easy-to-follow, nutritionally-sound food plan that gives clear boundaries for detox and a way of living that works. Click on Step Easy. The food exchanges are on a separate page.
——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— There is more!
If you are like me, eating a food plan that is void of sugar and flour is the first step, but there is more–so much more. Food addiction is a physical, emotional and spiritual malady. I had to learn, absorb, realize that food is not love. Sounds funny, but I went to food to comfort me and it accepted me no matter what. I had to learn that food is fuel to my body, gas for the tank. God’s love is real. He wants my full attention. The Bible holds the keys to a life that is rich and rewarding.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”
In order to retrain my thinking and to learn a better way of life, I needed people who had gone before me, recovered people who were living free. The Full of Faith ministry was created to build a bridge between the secular 12-step rooms and the church. People in the 12-step rooms are thirsty for Jesus; Christians need more information about food addiction. We teach Biblical truths using the 12-step approach for transformation and restoration. Lives are changed.
This is my invitation to you. If I’ve grabbed your attention and you want to join us, we have private Facebooks groups, viewed by members only, to help and encourage you along the way to finding, experiencing, knowing God’s will in everything. We listen to testimonies of praise and sometimes hardships and the pains of giving in to temptations. BUT we love and encourage others no matter what they eat or don’t eat. Jesus is the cornerstone of the ministry. We do what we do to glorify Him.
I also lead people through the 12-steps from a Biblical perspective using the book, The Twelve Steps for Christians. It’s another private Facebook group, and we have weekly phone meetings. Visit the home page for updated information.
If you want to join the private Facebook groups, simply “friend” me; my name is Pam Masshardt from Auburn, MA and I’ll send you a message to ask if you want to join the groups for food addiction.
The Food Addiction Institute provides more information about the science and up-to-date information about food addiction. Go to foodaddictioninstitute.com.