Prayer Before Meals

“And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples”

John 6:11

“Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

Matt 6:11-12

“…in every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”

1 Thess. 5:18




Myers, Andrew – Saying Grace Before Meals, 2009, 16 paragraphs

This introduction to giving thanks before meals gives the Biblical warrant for the practice and shows its moral necessity.  Included are quotes from Herman Witsius, Matthew Henry, Daniel Cawdrey, Lewis Bayly, and John Whitecross.



Quotes in addition to those in Myers’ article above

George Hamond

The Case for Family Worship, p. xiii

When you thoroughly search into the Scripture grounds and reasons for family worship, you will find them to be as strong and prevalent to establish daily worship as the worship itself. For you may observe that our blessed Savior, giving directions about prayer, prescribed this petition: ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ Here it is evident that daily bread must be daily asked for. It is not then sufficient that we pray for bread once a month, once a week, or every three or two days, but this must be done every day. And I doubt not but every serious person believes daily grace to be as valuable and necessary as daily bread, and that our souls want supplies as well as our bodies. I am willing to hope that family worship (of which prayer is an essential part) will be sufficiently asserted in the discourse to follow, and, if so by our Savior’s determination, there must be daily family prayer.




“For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

1 Tim. 4:4-5

“And when he [Paul] had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all [unbelievers]: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.”

Acts 27:35 

“When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which He hath given thee.”

Deut. 8:10




Related Pages


Family Worship

Quotes on Family Worship

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