Blessing For A Meal

Dear God:
Thank you for preparing this table before us.
Thank you for the bounty of the earth,
which nourishes our bodies.
Thank you for the abundance of your goodness,
which sustains our lives,
strengthening us to serve you more effectively.
Thank you for the hands that prepared this meal
and for the joy of being able to share it.
For all we have received and all that is yet to come, God,
we are thankful!
We are grateful!
We are fulfilled!
In Jesus Name!

Amen!

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism