With how busy our lives can get, oftentimes the only time the whole family comes together to enjoy each other’s company is around the dinner table. This time together is a blessing, an opportunity to share each other’s triumphs and help each other through the struggle of our days. We know how important prayer is to a family, and beginning the bonding around the dinner table with a good prayer can set the tone for a great evening. Dinnertime prayer is especially important for kids enrolled in a religious private school, as taking a moment of their day to appreciate the Lord with their family will provide a much-needed moment of meditation and togetherness. We have listed below five wonderful prayers for every occasion to start your dinner off on the right foot.
When you only have a few minutes:
Bless us, dear Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.
When you’re feeling especially grateful:
Give us grateful hearts,
O Father, for all thy mercies,
And make us mindful
Of the needs of others;
Through the grace of our Lord.
When you need a chuckle:
Good food, Good meat, Good God, Let’s eat!
When you need a simple prayer for your child to lead:
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Thank you, God,
For feeding me.
When you feel the Lord with you:
Thank you, Lord. These are simple words but they come from simple hearts that overflow with the realization of your goodness.
We ask you to bless us as we eat, bless this food and bless the hands that prepared it. May the words of our lips spring forth from hearts of gratitude and may we bless others as we fellowship today.