living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer for food

This page has four simple prayers for giving thanks before meals. The first prayer is appropriate for a time of celebration, such as a family birthday or wedding reception. The next prayer reminds us that the origins of our food lie in the wonderous creative hand of God, fashioning "so many tastes and textures, colours and aromas". The third prayer is a simple grace to say before eating, and the final prayer is suitable for saying as a blessing before lunchtime.

Dinner prayer
(a food blessing suitable for a family occassion)

Thank you for family and friends
Thank you for times like these
Where we can gather together,
Share in food, drink and relax.

Please bless this meal, and all that it means.
May the food norish us,
And the fellowship enrich our lives.
Most of all, may we always invite you into our homes,
And into our hearts.


grace before meals song

A short song based on the Catholic grace blessing "Bless us O Lord and these thy gifts", accompanied by traditional images of mealtimes and religious images of the Trinity:-

"may we always invite you into our homes, and into our hearts"

short film for giving thanks

A very simple and short (1 minute) silent meditation for giving thanks to God for his mercy and kindness:-

Prayer for food

O Lord,

Thank you for the harvest, that you give us our daily bread.
Thank you for the smallest seed which can grow to feed us.
Thank you for creating so many tastes and textures,
colours and aromas.
We wonder at these miracles and give thanks for all these gifts.


Creative ways to thank God for food

The apostle Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica to "give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV). We need not just restrict ourselves to meal times when we give thanks to God. The next time you are queuing at the supermarket check-out, why not quietly give thanks to God for your basket of food!

Grace Before Meals Prayer

Lord, thank you for this day,
For work and play, family and friendship.
Thank you for this food, may you bless it to our bodies.
In Jesus name,


Lunch prayer

Lord Jesus, as we eat, help us to remember your provision and goodness.
May this lunchtime be more than food to us.
Time to share with others
Time to remember those who hunger
Time to dwell upon your sacrifice.
As we eat help us to remember your provision and goodness with thankful hearts.


bible verses about food

Christ gives thanks for the bread and wine

"Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."

(Genesis 1:29, NIV)

The Apostle Paul's advice on food

Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory.”

(Luke 22:19, The Message)

"When you eat or drink or do anything else, always do it to honor God."

(1 Corinthians 10:31, CEV)


further reading

arrow rightthanksgiving prayers
including a short grace to say before the Thanksgiving Day meal.

arrow rightbirthdays
a selection of birthday prayers & messages for family & loved ones, such as a daughter or son.

arrow rightthe serenity prayer
The full original version of the beautiful 'Serenity Prayer' (includes a printable pdf of this famous prayer).

arrow rightnight prayer
a selection of short and inspiring Christian prayers for bedtime and before sleeping.