Does your mealtime prayer sound the same every night? Here are a few ideas to make family mealtime more than just a habit:
Does one family member always lead in prayer? Take turns saying grace. Remember that mealtime is a good opportunity for children to practice praying publicly.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with mealtime prayers. Replace tired, boring monologue with music, song, or rhyme. Be creative! (Can you see God’s ears perking up?)
Pray the Bible. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says, “Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Psalm 34:10 says, “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” Biblical prayers are prayers packed with promise. Try them.
Since mealtime is often one of the few moments when all family members are together, parents can use this opportunity to feed their family spiritually. Imagine your family running to the dinner table eager to praise God. See them realizing that learning (and praying!) God’s Word can be fun.
How about you? Do you want to connect with a family, get your kids excited about the gospel, and create positive memories? If so, I have a book for you!
Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions.
I had fun writing these devotions with my kids in mind. You can pass the fun around the table with 90 five-course devotional menus. Each one includes:
- Mealtime Prayer— a fresh way to bless your food
- Appetizer—a fun question or activity
- Main Course—an object lesson or thought to chew on
- Table Talk—questions to spark interesting discussions
- Vitamins and Minerals—a creative way to thank God for your time together or a reminder that God provides all we need
Below is a sample of one of the devotions. Have fun trying it tonight!