30 Dinner Prayers to Pray Before Meals & Bless Your Food

Praying before eating dinner is an easy way to stop and remember the Lord's provision and protection. Use these prayers before meals to ask for God’s blessing over your family and food!

Updated Feb 14, 2024
30 Dinner Prayers to Pray Before Meals & Bless Your Food

Prayers before meals and dinner blessings are a simple yet powerful tradition of thanksgiving. Sitting down to eat provides time to reflect on the day, give gratitude to God, and bring our concerns before Him. Apostle 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). 

Prayers Before Meals: Table of Contents

5 Common Prayers Before Meals

Here are a few traditional prayers that Christians can use before meals:

Traditional Grace:

"Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen."

Simple Blessing:

"Thank you, Lord, for this food. Bless it to the nourishment of our bodies and our bodies to your service. Amen."

Children's Prayer:

"God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food. By His hands, we all are fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen."

Irish Blessing:

"Bless, O Lord, this food for our use and us for your service, and keep us ever mindful of the needs of others. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen."

Short Dinner Prayer:

"Dear God, thank you for this food. Amen."

More Prayers for Meals and Blessing Food

Use these Dinner Prayers and Blessings for Meals below to offer up thanksgiving and praise to God as you seek His blessings. Use this time before you eat to ask God to bless your family and food!

Simple Prayer Before Meal

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the food before us,
For the hands that prepared it and for your abundant provision.
Bless this meal, nourish our bodies, and strengthen our spirits.
May our conversation be filled with love and gratitude.
In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen. - Matthew 6:9-13

Grace Before Meals

Be present at our table, Lord; be here and everywhere adored. Thy people bless and grant that we may feast in paradise with thee. Amen. - John Wesley

Bless us, O Lord

Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord. - Author Unknown

God Is Great - Dinner Prayer

God is great, God is good,
Let us thank Him for our food;
By His hands, we all are fed,
Give us Lord, our daily bread.
Amen. - Author Unknown

Easter Table Prayer

Creator God and Lord of Life, 

You who call forth from the darkness of death all those who love You, we rejoice, on this Easter Sunday, in the resurrection from the dead of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Visit our home and this table with Your bright blessing of peace and life. We pause in the midst of this prayer to remember all the holy dead of our family who live now in You and who await the final and glorious resurrection of the dead.

Pause for silent reflection to remember those who have died.

May they and we, because of our faith in You, our God, taste in the victory of life over death. May the Risen Christ, our Lord and Savior, be our guest as we celebrate His resurrection with this Easter Sunday dinner. Bless those whose work to prepare this meal has truly been a work of prayer, and bless all of us who shall share it with Easter love and joy.

May You, then, bless this table and this food, and each of us in Your holy name. Amen.

- Edward Hays, "Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home"

Christmas Prayer Before Meal

Heavenly Father,

On this joyous day of celebrating the birth of Your Son, we come before You with hearts full of gratitude. We thank You for the gift of Jesus, our Savior, and for the love and joy that Christmas brings. Thank You for the sacrifice that Christ came to make and for revealing all this to us through Your Word.

As we gather around this table to share this meal, we are mindful of Your abundant blessings. Bless this food we are about to receive, and may it nourish our bodies and sustain us through a time of fellowship today. May the warmth of this Christmas season extend beyond this meal, fostering love, peace, and goodwill in our hearts and homes. Thank You again for the precious gift of Your Son, and may His presence be felt among us today and every day.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Birthday Prayer Before Meal

Dear Lord,

On this special day, we gather before you with grateful hearts. We thank you for the gift of life and for the joy of celebrating another birthday. Your love and grace have sustained us through each passing year, and we are truly thankful for your unwavering presence in our lives. We lift up the one whose birthday we celebrate today. Thank you for the unique life, purpose, and blessings you have bestowed upon them. May this new year be filled with your guidance, wisdom, and an abundance of your grace. Surround them with love, joy, and peace in the days to come.

As we come together to share this meal, we ask for your blessing upon the food before us. May it nourish our bodies and strengthen us for the journey ahead. We recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from you, and we acknowledge your provision with gratitude.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

Prayers of Thanksgiving

  • 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 the 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. - Meg Bucher

  • Thank You, Lord God, for this food we are about to eat. Thank You for the hands that have prepared it, for those sitting around the table who are here to share it, and for the ability to be here together under one roof, and enjoy these blessings at Your hand. We realize that everything we have comes from You and for that, we are eternally grateful. We also thank You for what we don’t have this year, for we trust that You have withheld in Your goodness and out of Your protection for us. Thank You that Scripture says You are a Good Father who loves to give gifts to Your children. We sit here as evidence of Your goodness. Thank You for the gift of today and all who are here to share it with us. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, we pray. Amen. Cindi McMenamin

  • Oh, Precious Heavenly Father! As I look back on the good things I’ve done, Lord I can’t help but to see Your hands orchestrating it. At my very best, I still fall short, and thankfully it’s no surprise to You. You never expected me to get it perfect, that’s why Jesus had to come. I will never achieve perfection on this side of eternity. But Lord that shouldn’t stop me from striving to do it just like Jesus did – to precisely follow the recipe that is so clearly spelled out in Your precious Word. Lord, it’s through Your grace, Your mercy, and Your sacrifice, ALONE, that I will one day walk just as He walks! Oh what a day that will be! Until then Lord may I always rely on You to be the source of my confidence, realizing it’s through You, for You, and by You that I succeed … AMEN! - Stephanie Davis

  • 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. - Author Unknown

  • Dear Lord, help us when we start to allow the busy day, frustrations, and unmet expectations to distract us from the reasons we have to be grateful. You have blessed us abundantly. Help us to have hearts of thankfulness every day and to set aside time to remember all that you have done for us and promise to do in and through us. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

  • Father, We have gathered to share time together in Your honor. Thank You for forming us as a family. We thank you for all of the gifts you’ve given to those in this room and how they contribute to your Kingdom. Help each member of our family use these gifts to your glory. Guide our conversations and steer our hearts to Your purpose for our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. - Cindi McMenamin

Blessings of Food

  • Bless, O Lord, This food to our use
    And us to thy service,
    And keep us ever mindful
    Of the needs of others.
    In Jesus' Name, Amen. - Author Unknown

  • Lord, bless this food and grant that we
    May thankful for thy mercies be;
    Teach us to know by whom we're fed;
    Bless us with Christ, the living bread.

    Lord, make us thankful for our food,
    Bless us with faith in Jesus' blood;
    With bread of life our souls supply,
    That we may live with Christ on high.
    Amen. - Traditional Hymn, Author Unknown

  • In a world where so many are hungry,
    May we eat this food with humble hearts;
    In a world where so many are lonely,
    May we share this friendship with joyful hearts.
    Amen.-  Author Unknown

  • We look to you, O Lord,
    for food to nourish our bodies,
    for grace to strengthen our spirits,
    for love to enrich our life;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -  Author Unknown

  • Father God, may this food give strength to our bones and restore our energy as your Word gives strength to our souls. May what we drink replenish our dry bones as your promises refresh our minds. May this food make us healthy and strong. Amen.

Bible Verses about the Blessing of Food

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

"When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you." ~ Deuteronomy 8:10

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. ~ Genesis 1:29

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. ~ Genesis 9:3

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. ~ John 6:35

"The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing." ~ Psalm 145:15-16

"After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat." ~ Acts 27:35

"And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people." ~ Matthew 14:19

Does God Require Prayer Before Meals?

I don't know anywhere in the scripture where it says you should pray before your meal, but I think it's a good tradition and a good costume, because it is, first of all, acknowledging that God has blessed us to be able to eat. For us Americans, that's not a big deal because we eat so much that we have to stop eating, but much of the world doesn't know where their next meal is going to be. And so they're praying and saying, "God, thank you for providing my needs for this day. Give us this day our daily bread." 

Most of the audience of Jesus' time were poor and they prayed for it. It's an acknowledgment of God's sovereignty to say that, "Yeah, I work hard and I sweat to put food on the table, but God gave me the ability to do that. God gave me the opportunity to do that, and ultimately I'm here because God is here."

I think with children, it's so important because what you're telling children when you pray before your meal is you're telling your kids at a young age that we are going to stop, and before we do anything, we're going to acknowledge that this food is here and we are blessed because of God, and because of God alone. I think it's a great and important thing.

Now, it's not a legalistic thing. I mean, if we forget to pray, God's not going to zap you or poison your food, but I think it's good to be in that prayerful mode of that God is the provider.


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