Prayer at Meals
Years ago in a class at Dallas Seminary, Prof. Hendricks spoke about the importance of meeting with businessmen for breakfast and lunch if we wanted to encourage them during the week and not just preach to them Sunday morning. I took his advice, and for years I’ve been meeting with groups of guys and also meeting one on one for either breakfast or lunch. In a lot of cafes around the area, I don’t even need to look at the menu, the server knows my order, but then I say, “In just a minute we’re going to thank Jesus for the food. Is there anything you would like us to pray about for you?”
Even inside a crowded boat, for more than fourteen days battling a storm at sea, the Apostle Paul not only challenged his shipmates to eat, but he also included them in his early morning thanks for the bread prayer.
“As the day was about to dawn, Paul was urging all of them to take some food. ‘For the last fourteen days you all have been living in suspense and haven’t eaten a thing. Therefore, I’m urging you now to take some food. For this will give you strength. Look, you’re not going to lose a single hair from your head.’ When he had said these things, he took some bread, gave thanks to God before all of them, broke it and began to eat. This revived all of their spirits, and they too took some food. Now we were 276 souls on board the ship. When everyone had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat into the sea.” Acts 27:33-38
Now when you’re at that favorite restaurant with friends, go ahead and ask your server if there’s anything you could pray for them about. Over the years I could count on one hand those who said no to this request, and a lot have not only given a prayer request, but also began to open up about stuff going on in their lives.
LORD, like Paul, help me to be an encourager among my fellow travelers in life. Thanks again for your mighty strength and love that keeps reaching out to deliver and sustain us.
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