God is great; God is good!
Let us thank Him for our food!
Give us Lord, our daily bread!
This is a simple prayer I was taught as a child to bless my food before eating. This is the same simple prayer, 30 some years, later I taught my three young children. A few evenings ago, I was blessed to see how this simple prayer had impacted my 17-year-old son’s life.
When my son, Isaiah, came home from basketball practice the other night he was tired and hungry (or better yet, hungry and tired!) It was still some time before dinner, so he made himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a snack. When he sat down to eat his sandwich, he bowed his head and blessed his sandwich. As simple as that, he said a prayer over his snack! I know that his prayers to bless his food have changed since I taught him the simple prayer cited above. The point is that he is still giving God thanks for his food, even if it was just a snack! It touched my heart to see him bow his head and give thanks for something that most of us would take for granted, because it was of course, just a small snack before dinner.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 tells us to “pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This means in all you do or in all you may be going through, that you are to be in constant prayer and thankfulness. It does not matter whether it is a snack or a full course meal. It does not matter whether you are in a good place in your life or in a not so good place. It does not matter whether all your bills are paid or whether they are all past due. What matters is that you are giving God thanks for His current and future provisions to you. What also matters is that you are taking all of our requests and needs to Him in prayer and being thankful as you wait for God to move in your circumstances. It’s as simple as that!
My son was praying and giving God thanks for a snack. He had an expectation that God was going to give him more to eat later on that evening. However, he gave God thanks for what he had available to him at that time as he patiently waited to receive the bigger blessing later on! It’s as simple as that!
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for always giving me the opportunity to come to you in prayer. I am thankful that I can make my requests known to You and You are an ever present help in my life. I thank You for the small blessings as well as the bigger blessings. I thank You for all You have done for me! In the name of Jesus, Amen!
It’s as simple as that!