How to Pray Before Meals: Dinner Prayers to Bless Your Food

Praying for God’s blessing over our meals is an easy way to make a big difference in the focus of our hearts. Give thanks for His provision!

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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)

Praying for God’s blessing over our meals and dinner is an easy way to make a big difference in the focus of our hearts. Before eating meals, remember to acknowledge God's provision in your life. It encourages us to recognize that blessings come from the Creator, who deserves all honor. "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Find 8 Dinner Prayers and Blessings for Meals below to use in thanksgiving to God for our daily bread:

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

God Is Great - Dinner Prayer

God is great and God is good,
Let us thank Him for our food;
By His blessings, we are fed,
Give us Lord, our daily bread.
Amen.

Prayer for a Family Meal

Father, We have gathered to share a meal in Your honor. Thank You for putting us together as a 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.

From Crosswalk.com

Blessing 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.

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.

A Table Prayer Before Meals

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.

Dinner Blessing for Humble Hearts

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.

Prayer for Dinner 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 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.

From Crosswalk.com

Bible Verses about the Blessing of Food

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

Sources:

10 Prayers for Before Meals & Dinner - Short, Simple, Beautiful! - Crosswalk.com

"Table Prayers" - acollectionofprayers.com

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Originally published August 13, 2020.