It is a tradition to have Christmas dinners either on the eve of Christmas or the evening of Christmas. Surrounding the table is usually our friends or our family. It makes this very special as it is one of the occasions friends and family Come together. A member of the table blesses the food before eating starts. It is important to bless the food because we use this opportunity to show gratitude to God. ." Then he took some bread, gave thanks to God before them all, and broke off a piece and ate it." Acts 27:35.
Here is a guide on how to pray over Christmas dinner.
Our prayer should start with recognizing God's supremacy. We do this by attaching worthy names to His name. Examples are "king of kings", "Lord of Lords", "Creator of heaven and earth", "Omnipotent", " Omniscient", "Beginning and the end", "Ancient of days". The list of wonderful names to call God is inexhaustible. We can pick two or three titles to call Him during prayer. After we have recognized His sovereignty, we tell Him we have come to Him again.
At this point, we start thanking God for what He has done in our lives. Make it general gratitude because we are praying on behalf of more than one person. We can thank God for bringing to the table together, for providing the food, good health and long life.
It shows God we realize His presence in our lives. We acknowledge the things He is doing for us, for this reason, we are grateful.
The blessings of God are too many that we cannot count and often forget. In this case, we thank Him for the things we cannot remember. We also do this to save time at the diner table.
We must atone for our sin and that of the people at the table. The Bible already make us understand that God will not answer the prayers of a sinner. Therefore, we must atone for the sins of everyone at the table.
We do not know in what way they have sinned. So we ask God to forgive them regardless of what they have done.
It is where we request something in general. We do not ask for the latest car that we have always wanted. The person beside you might not want a car but a baseball bat.
In this situation, we ask for general things. An example is a long life for everyone at the table and the continued happiness of everyone. We must not forget the needy and the sick. Let us pray to God to grant them their heart desires.
We must ask God to nourish our body with food without it causing harm.
A bonus tip is to thank God for an already answered prayer. It shows we have faith in God that He will answer our prayer. " I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours." Mark 11:24.
At the Christmas dinner table, the prayer must be quick and precise. It does not mean it should be too short. It should be moderate. Bon appétit, do not forget to give food to the less privileged.