21 Prayers for Mealtime

I found a collection of mealtime prayers in a Bible that once belonged to my wife’s great-grandmother. (There’s no attribution information other than that.) I formatted it to fit a single page and did some light editing, mostly to update the English. The prayers are all short but rich in biblical piety. That makes them pretty kid-friendly. And our kids do love the chance to pick one from the list and lead the family. Maybe you can use it too. A PDF download link is at the bottom.

  1. For the continuing of your lovingkindness unto us, we give you all thanks, O Lord. Fulfill all our needs and save us, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

  2. You have saved and preserved us, O Lord. May we by our lives never bring reproach upon the name of Jesus, but ever learn to live for you, and to your honor. Amen.

  3. Lord, may you never cease your kindly care over us, and may we also continue unceasingly to bless you for all your past and present blessings. Amen.

  4. Do bless our meal today, and may your Spirit fill us with gratitude for all these abundant blessings. Amen.

  5. Give us grace to be grateful for the blessings which you have so bountifully spread before us today. In your own name we pray. Amen.

  6. O God who satisfies our mouths with the good things, we praise you for your gracious providence, and invoke your blessing as we partake. Amen.

  7. We give you thanks for life and all its blessings. Give this food to nourish our bodies, and your Word of Truth to sustain our souls. Amen.

  8. Keep us ever humble, Lord, that we may be the ready recipients of your goodness. Deliver us from pride and wickedness, and supply our wants. Amen.

  9. O Lord, we thank you for life and the joy of living, for health and strength, and for these blessings fresh from your hand of love. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

  10. All things come to you, O Lord, and for these and all your blessings we give hearty thanks, in the name of Christ our redeemer. Amen.

  11. Bless, O Lord, this provision of your goodness to our use, and us to your service, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

  12. Thanks be to you, O Lord, for these and all the blessings so generously provided. We thank you in the name of Christ. Amen.

  13. Lord, we thank you for this food. Sanctify it to our use, pardon our sins, and save us for Christ’s sake. Amen.

  14. O God, your mercies are fresh every day and call forth each day anew our voices of thanksgiving. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

  15. We thank you, our Heavenly Father, for these your good gifts. Bless them to our use, sanctify us and save us, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

  16. Our Father, we ask you to bless the food before us to our physical needs, and feed our spirits with your truth, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

  17. Dear Lord, accept our sincere thanks for these new blessings, and hear us in our prayer for pardon. In Jesus’ name we ask you. Amen.

  18. The strength of the hills, and the depth of the sea, the earth and its fulness belongs to you; and yet to the lowly you bend your ear, so ready to hear their humble petitions. Amen.

  19. We are ever conscious, Lord, of our sinfulness and our constant need of you. Support our lives by your grace, and bring us safely to your heavenly home. Amen.

  20. Cover all our sins with you pardon, O Christ, and make us strong to overcome all sins, especially the sin of ingratitude. In all these bounties help us to see you, and glorify you. Amen.

  21. Lord, you art a fountain that never fails. Fail us not in this, our physical need. And help us to call on you for the daily supply of spiritual power we need. Through Christ. Amen.

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