Do you want to pray before you eat lunch? Are you facing a situation of eating lunch with others but want to pray for the meal?
Whether you are eating alone or with others, the following 10 simple prayers can help you pray for your lunch meal. Each prayer is written for a certain scenario, but you can easily modify the wording to fit your circumstances. Consider these prayers a jumping off point as you continue in your prayer journey.
The Psalmist reminds us that it is always a good time, always and everywhere, to give thanks to God:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 118.1, NIV).
When you pray for your lunch, you can pray silently in your mind or out loud, however, you feel comfortable. Obviously, if you are asked to pray before a lunch that is a gathering of people, you’ll want to pray out loud. You’re not trying to impress anyone; just give thanks to God for the meal.
I invite you to share what happens as you pray. You can tell us in the comments section at the end of this article. But for now, let’s get to praying!
Short Prayer Before Lunch
Dear God, I want to thank you for this lunch that is before me. I am grateful for the people who prepared it for me and that my body can digest all of this food. May this lunch meal give me energy for the rest of this afternoon, so I can do what I need to do. I give you thanks for all of this, in the name of Jesus our Savior, Amen.
Prayer For Lunch When Eating Alone
Dear God, I’m grateful for this lunch that I’m about to eat. Thank you for the farmers who grew the food, the workers who harvested it, and the cooks who prepared it. I pray that this food will nourish my body and soul.
I am grateful that I can dine alone and not feel self-conscious. I appreciate the peace as I eat lunch today; it will give me the energy boost I need for the afternoon ahead. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.
Prayer For Lunch At A Community Gathering
Dear Lord God, on behalf of everyone gathered here, I want to thank you for this food that we are about to share. We are grateful for the hands that prepared it and for the community that we have here in this place.
I pray that this meal will be a time of fellowship and celebration, as we come together in unity and love over lunch. It is a special blessing to live in a city where we can do things like this, as everyone benefits. Bless our time together in the name of the One who is, and was, and is to come, Amen.
Prayer For Lunch At A Church Gathering
Dear God in heaven, I pray to you now over this midday meal, giving thanks to you for this food that we are about to eat. We are grateful for the gift of your provision and for the opportunity to gather together as your followers in church.
I ask that this meal will be a time of worship and thanksgiving. May we come to know you more deeply and to grow in our love for you and for one another through our conversation and serving.
I also pray for those who are sick or hurting and can’t be with us today. May they be comforted by your presence and know that you are with them. Through Christ I pray, Amen.
Prayer For Lunch With Work Friends
Dear God, I want to thank you for this lunch that we are about to share as co-workers. We are grateful for the opportunity to work together and for the friendships that we have formed.
I pray that this meal will be a time of relaxation and enjoyment. Enable us to get to know each other better and to build stronger relationships over this simple midday meal.
I also pray for our work. May we be successful in our endeavors and may we use our gifts to make a difference in our company and in our community. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
Prayer For Lunch With Family
Dear Father God, I thank you for this lunch that we are about to eat as a family. I am grateful for the gift of family and for the love that we share. It’s been so long since we’ve all been together that this is overwhelming in a good way.
I ask that this meal will be a time of laughter and joy as our family comes together to celebrate our blessings and to strengthen our bonds. I also pray for those who are not able to join us today. May they know that they are in our hearts. Thank you for your blessings, Lord. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
Prayer For Lunch With Your Spouse
Lord, I am grateful that I can have lunch with my wife today. I give you thanks for this lunch that we are about to share. It is a simple reminder of the gift of our marriage and the love that we have for each other.
May we come closer to each other and to you through our conversation and sharing. I also want to pray for our relationship to continue to grow strong and healthy. It is in these moments, like sharing a meal, that I feel closer to my wife. In the name of Jesus I lift this prayer to you, Amen.
Prayer For Thanksgiving Lunch
Dear God, I come before you today with a heart full of gratitude. I want to thank you for all that you have given us, including this food that we are about to eat.
I pray that this meal will be a time of celebration and thanksgiving, as each of us remembers all of your blessings and give you the praise that you deserve. I also pray for those who are less fortunate than we are. May they know your love and your provision. Thank you for everything, God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer For Lunch On-The-Go
Dear Lord, I am in a hurry but I don’t want to forget to give you thanks for this food I am stuffing in my mouth in between appointments. Regardless of what I am doing, I always want to acknowledge that you are my Provider in all things.
Help my body digest this very rushed meal as I only have a few minutes to eat before I am booked up for the next several hours. May this food help my body and mind work well this afternoon with all I have to do. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Prayer For Lunch Outside
Dear God in heaven, I am so thankful I have some extra time to eat outside today for lunch. It is gorgeous weather and I wanted to take advantage of it for a midday meal. It is wonderful to eat and enjoy your creation, even if for a little bit.
May the food I eat help give me strength for the remainder of the day, and may the beauty I see outside bring peace and calmness to my spirit. I give you thanks for this gift of nature today. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.
I want to encourage you to pray for your lunch meal on a regular basis. It’s a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in your spiritual life.
When you pray for your lunch meal, you’re taking a moment to acknowledge God’s goodness and provision. You’re also expressing your gratitude for the food that you have to eat. And you’re asking God to bless the food and to use it to nourish your body and soul.
No matter how you pray, just be sincere and heartfelt. God knows what’s in your heart, and he will appreciate your prayer. Prayer for lunch can be done alone or in a group. If you’re praying alone, you can take a few minutes to quiet your heart and focus on God. Then, you can pray the prayer that you feel led to pray.
If you’re praying for lunch for a whole group, remember that you are praying on behalf of everyone there, not just yourself. You don’t need to pray all that long, so keep it simple and straightforward.
No matter how you pray for your lunch meal, it’s a simple act of worship that can make a big difference in your life. It’s a way to acknowledge God’s goodness, to express your gratitude, and to ask for his blessing.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” ( Hebrews 13.16, ESV).
When you give thanks for our food, you’re not just thanking God for the physical nourishment that it provides. You’re also thanking him for his love and his goodness. And you are acknowledging that everything you have comes from God.
So, the next time you sit down to eat lunch, take a moment to pray. Thank God for the food, and ask him to bless it. And remember, your act of gratitude is a beautiful act of worship. Keep on praying!