Christian mealtime prayers, or saying grace, has been a long held tradition over thousands of years.
Our food is the most conspicuous and constant reminder of our Father's loving care and beneficent provision for our wants and needs. It means to us the continuance of life, good health, and prosperity.
Mealtime prayers have been taken up into the greatest of all symbolism, the Bread of Life, and Water of Life, and the Lord's Supper. If at any time of the day public thanksgiving is to be expressed to God by our Christian families, it should be at meal prayer time.
Grace before meals is also an indispensable mode of testimony to the bountiful sustenance given to us by God. But the chief argument for saying grace is the example of the Lord Himself. It is said that Jesus blessed the fishes and barley cakes before breaking and giving them to the multitude whom He miraculously fed. Saying grace was Christ's invariable habit, as it should be the invariable habit of all those who in all things wish to follow Christ's example.
Special blessings for special occasions are also included in this collection.
Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man that trusts in Him. We would trust in the Lord, and do good; So shall we dwell in the land, and we shall be fed. Amen!
Dear Lord, as You prepared that breakfast For Your disciples upon the shore of Galilee, So truly have You prepared this breakfast for us, Your children. We thank You for Your thought of us, So kind and so unceasing. We would go through All this day in thoughts of You. Help us to Do an honest day's work that will make You proud. In Your name. Amen!
We thank Thee for this food, our Father, And for all the mercies Thou hast given for this household. Especially today, we thank Thee for the life of whose birthday We celebrate today. Wilt Thou not in Thy gracious providence Prolong that life for many years, and fill it with all holiness And happiness? We ask it for Jesus' sake. Amen!
In Thee, o God, we live and move and have our being. Thou didst create us, and Thou dost uphold us, and without Thee We are nothing. We bless Thee for this food, the token of Thy continued care for us. We take it as a gift from Thy hand Of love, and we pray Thee for wisdom, that we may spend The strength it gives us in ways that will please Thee best. For Jesus' sake. Amen!
O Lord, who bid Your disciples remember You As they broke bread and drank, We, too, do this in remembrance of You. Make our every meal a communion with You. May we see You in all these evidences of Your love for us, And by seeing You, may we obey and adore You even more. Amen!
Almighty Father, we pray Thee, sanctify this food, That it may strengthen us to do and to endure Thy Holy will Prefectly, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
Lord, from whom comes every good and perfect gift, Enable us to enjoy these blessings of Your bounty With gratitude. Give us grace that whether we eat or drink, Or whatever we do, We may do all to Your glory, for Jesus' sake. Amen!
BESTOW Thy richest blessings, dear Father, Upon this household, and Thy benediction upon this Hospitable board. We join together in adoration of Thee. Thy hand is open, and supplies all our needs. Add to these blessings Thy gracious presence, O Christ, And let us realize Thy smile upon us As we commune with one another. Amen!
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