Monday, October 22, 2018

Daily Devotion: Praying Before Meals

Bible Reading: I Timothy 4

Key Verse: Verse 4 - "For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:"

Key Words: if it be received with thanksgiving

The word thanksgiving means to show our gratitude through our words.

Do you thank God for the provision of your food before each meal? You should, you know.

According to Our Daily Bread, when King Alfonso XII of Spain learned that the attendants of his court were neglecting to pray before eating, he determined to teach them a lesson. A huge banquet was prepared, and all the king’s guests plowed in, none of them pausing to give thanks to God. But by pre-arrangement, a filthy beggar wandered into the banquet hall, seated himself at the head table, and chowed down.

The guests waited for the guards to seize the man, but to their amazement, he continued gobbling up the food without hindrance. Then the beggar wiped his mouth, rose and stalked out without a word.

Someone near the king said, “What a despicable fellow! He didn’t even say ‘thank you.’”

Rising, King Alfonso said to them all: “Do you realize that you’ve been bolder and more ungrateful than that beggar? Everyday you sit down at a table abundantly supplied by your Heavenly Father, yet you neither ask His blessing nor express your gratitude!”

It was a lesson none of them ever forgot!

I heard about a little farm boy who was spending the night with one of his city friends. At meal time the family sat down and began to eat without thanking God for their food. So the farm boy bowed his head and prayed. After he was finished, the city boy’s father asked, “Does everyone on the farm pray for their food?” “No sir,” replied the farm boy, “the hogs don’t.”

What to do:
✞ Thank God for His provision before each meal.

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