7 Christian Dinner Prayers

by Pamela Rose Williams on September 25, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

When I was a child we did not pray at meal times but as I have grown in my relationship with the Lord I have learned the importance of the mealtime blessing. Traditionally, some families use the same prayer at every meal, yet others lift up an original thank you to the Lord for meals.

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest and bless what you bequeathed us.

Praying before meal times is something that we find in the Bible. Take a look at these popular passages:

“And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.” (Paul speaking in Acts 27:35)

And he said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” (Jesus speaking to the Apostles at the last supper Luke 22:15-20)

Here are 7 Christian dinner prayers that you might consider when you would like to thank the Lord for His provision.

Children’s Prayers

I used to say this one with my children at breakfast and lunch time.

A Rhyming Meal Prayer

Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything. Amen.

As a child whenever we had a Girl Scout outing we would sing this as a dinner time blessing. It was not until years later that I learned it was a song from a Disney movie. I also sang this one with my children.

Johnny Appleseed Song

♪♫ The Lord is good to me

And so I thank the Lord

For givin me the things I need

The sun and rain and the apple seed

Yes, He’s been good to me.♫♪

(View a video of this song in the upper right of this page)

Prayer Before Meals (Catholic)

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

Dinner Time Prayer (German)

Komm Herr Jesus.
Sei unser Gast
Und segne was Du uns bescherret hast.

(English translation)
Come Lord Jesus,
Be our guest
And bless what you bequeathed us.

The Selkirk Grace

Some have meat and cannot eat;
Some cannot eat that want it:
But we have meat and we can eat
Sae let the Lord be thankit!

Irish Grace

Bless, O Lord, this food we are about to eat;  and we pray You, O God,that it may be good for our body and soul; and if there be any poor creature hungry or thirsty walking along the road, send them into us that we can share the food with them,  just as You share your gifts with all of us.

Meal Prayer

Lord God and Giver of All Good Gifts, we are grateful as we pause before this meal, for all the blessings of life that You give to us. Daily, we are fed with good things, nourished by friendship and care, feasted with forgiveness and understanding. And so, mindful of Your continuous care, we pause to be grateful for the blessings of this table.

- Pause for silent reflection -

May Your presence be the “extra” taste to this meal which we eat in the name of Your Son, Jesus.

Amen.

What is your favorite mealtime prayer?

Share your favorites in the comments below.

Looking for more prayers?

Take a look at these from our archives

Sources:

The Holy Bible, King James Version

The Selkirk Grace: Burns, Robert 1759-1796

Meal Prayer: Hays, Edward, Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home (Kansas: Forest of Peace Books, 1979), 110.

YouTube video: Johnny Appleseed Song



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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

brain September 25, 2012 at 5:31 am

Thank you Jesus for this food. Bless it to our body shoes.

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Brian September 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

You have mis-heard. The proper expression is “Bless it to our bodies’ use”

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Pamela Rose Williams September 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Well that makes more sense. Thank you brian and Brian.

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Mahogany September 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

My little sister says, “God is grace, God is good. Let us thank him for our food, by Your hands we are fed. Give us Lord our daily bread, Amen.”

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Pamela Rose Williams October 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I have heard it this way Mahogany:

“God is GREAT, God is good; let us thank Him for our food.” I like the second part that you shared too.

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Greg March 6, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I remembered it as:

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.

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Mary December 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

We prayer thank for our food make looking good not junk food and thank for blessing to God is creation everything the fruit, vegetable & etc and strength our health.

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lizshiro February 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

God bless u.

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bbwrmheart February 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Lord, make us thankful for these and all thy blessings, and make us ever mindful of the needs of others.

And when my children were little:
Lord, we thank thee for this food…bless us, help us to be good.

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guest March 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

what Disney movie was she referring to in the article?

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Pamela Rose Williams March 15, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Hello Guest … I was referring to the short 1948 Disney classic,” Johnny Appleseed”.

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Dereck April 4, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Hi, I am in search of a dinner prayer in the form of a song that I can teach my children. we have a few that we use such as “For Balmy Sunshine”, “The Lords Prayer”, and “Be Present at our Table, Lord”. I would just like a few more to give it some variety. Thank-you in advance!

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