Entry 03 The Prayer of Grace before Meals
“Dear God, thank you for this day, for fun, friendship and family. We give thanks for this meal and share our lives always with you. Amen.”
“God is great (gracious), God is Good. And we thank Thee for our food; By thy hand we must be fed, Give us Lord our daily bread. Amen.”
“O Lord, bless this food to our use, and us to your service; make us grateful for all your mercies, and mindful of the needs of others. Amen.”
It is common practice for many of us to pray over our food before we begin to eat it. We ask God to bless and purify the food, and allow it to bring nourishment for our bodies and souls. We ask God to bless the preparer, and smile upon the social interaction of eating with family, loved ones and friends. Yet many people struggle with hunger all over the world and all over our nation; so their prayer of grace may be for the provision of their next meal. They may pray to multiply what they have and ask God to purify whatever they are able to obtain. It is common knowledge that eating natural, whole, organic, live, fiber-rich and unprocessed foods is one of the keys to good health. But many people can only afford the cheap, processed, nutrient-deficient foods that are available and affordable. Many people don’t have access to the “Daniel Diet” or the “Mediterranean diet”, so they have to pray over and eat what they can easily get their hands on. In early American history, enslaved African had to eat the scarps and left overs, but God keep them strong and healthy. God told Peter in the bible, what God has cleansed that calleth not thou common. God does not want us to look down upon people who are different from us, but to pray for them, and be a blessing to them. If we can afford to eat healthily, and we have access to quality products, services and education, we should monitor what goes into our bodies. As the temple of the Holy Spirit, we have the responsibility to take care of ourselves and pray for grace concerning what we eat. But if we cannot afford quality food, we can trust that God can and will still keep us healthy and strong because He is a good and loving Father. True health and good nutrition are spiritual gifts from God. It is always a good idea to pray over all of our foods because there are germs, viruses, harmful bacteria, pest and rodents that may have access to or may even be in our food at any given moment. As the children of God, we can claim the promise that if we eat any foul thing it will not harm us. And as God provides for our physical needs, we can daily feed on His word to build our souls and spirits. Jesus said that His meat was to do the will of His Father. He is our daily bread, and the Holy Spirit is the water of life.