Q:

What is a prayer of grace before meals?

A:

Quick Answer

A simple prayer that is commonly used by Lutheran Christians before meals, according to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, is: "Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen." Another example from About.com for a prayer before meals is: "Bless us, oh Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen."

Know More
What is a prayer of grace before meals?
Credit: Silvia Otte Stone Getty Images

Full Answer

The following prayer may also be offered prior to a meal: "Father, as we gather to enjoy these gifts, fill us with the spirit of thanksgiving, so that we may offer you praise and thanks in sharing this meal. May you be blessed now and forever. Amen." Prayers before meals may also be customized to a specific holiday season. For example, a prayer at Christmas might say: "Father, the good news of our Savior's birth was announced first to the poor shepherds. As we give you thanks for the fruit of the earth, make us aware of the cries of those who are poor and in need. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen."

Overall, a prayer of grace prior to a meal should be heartfelt, thank God for providing the meal and ask God to bless the food. It can also give thanks for bringing the people together who are sharing the meal.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are the words to the Last Rites prayer?

    A:

    The words to the prayer for Last Rites or, as it's now known, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, are: "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up."

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the first five books of the New Testament?

    A:

    The first five books of the New Testament are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts. The first four books are often referred to as the gospels.

      Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the archangel names?

    A:

    Christians recognize two archangels named within the canon of their scriptures: Gabriel and Michael. Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians also recognize Raphael from the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit. The non-canonical Book of Enoch names several more archangels but these are not officially recognized by most Christian churches.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who wrote Psalms?

    A:

    According to the Biblical account, the authors of Psalms include David, Moses, Asaph, Solomon, descendants of Korah, and Heman and Ethan the Ezrahites. King David is most commonly associated with the book because he is said to have written 73 of the psalms, more than any of the other authors.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore