Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Prayer at Dinner

Prayer should always come from the heart, 
for God can see your motives and know when it's 
sincere prayer or if you are just going through the motions.

But it's hard for many of us to pray for a group in public
or be the one picked to pray at the dinner table
with your family/friends.

Like myself, 
it's hard to be sincere about your prayer 
because you are focused on the "right" words to say 
or focused on what other people will think about your prayer.

How can we prevent this? 
How can we give a sincere prayer that isn't just
"God is good, God is great, thank you for this food, Amen."?

Typical, right?

Here's how:
  1. Write out a prayer you want to say at dinner or in front of a large group, and memorize it. 
    • WHY? Memorizing your prayer doesn't mean it isn't sincere. It actually helps you to remember the prayer you wrote without having to focus on coming up with new words, which enables you to focus more on the meaning of the words you are saying to God and for those around you to hear. 
    • REMEMBER: You aren't praying to those around you, you are praying to GOD. If they have a problem with your prayer not being "good enough" or sounding right, then their motives are wrong when praying and are not focusing on God during your prayer. 
  2. Here's an example:
    • Dear God...Father....Creator....you created me. You created everyone here at this table today. We are YOURS. You created each and every one of us, as well as each ingredient that was put together to make this food we are about to eat. Please help us to honor and glorify you with our lives, as our lives only exist because of you. Thank you Father for the health, safety, and freedom we are privileged to have today. Please continue to watch over us and help us to remember you in all we do. Thank you for sending your son to die on the cross for our sins. Bless this food and the hands that have prepared it. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

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