Praying before meals is a multi-generational custom that goes back for centuries. Many believers even trace this practice to the Lord’s Supper or to Jewish tradition even before that. Families often recite short prayers (tagged “graces”) before eating.
Here’s a familiar one:
“For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful.”
I love this reminder of the appreciation we owe to God. But I still cringe a little when I hear these lines. If God has to make us to be thankful, what does that say about our gratitude? On the other hand, can any of us muster up anything of real, lasting value without His help?
“And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, offer it of your own free will.” (Leviticus 22:29, NKJV)
Especially as Thanksgiving approaches again, when we all ponder more closely our many blessings and the unchanging faithfulness of our great God, may we overflow freely with genuine thanks to the One who is worthy.
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