Do you like to eat? I do! You can probably tell that a little from my site and on my Facebook status updates. I'm sure I'm not alone. There's probably an inner foodie in every one of us. I know that some of you really like to cook. Some of you don't. For me, I generally enjoy it, but sometimes (there are those days!) it is a bit of a chore. During those times, the Martha in me (Luke 10:40) comes out. But all in all, it is a joy to be able to provide nutritous and tasty meals for my family. Those are some of those Proverbs 31 woman moments for me! (see verse 15)
As I was thinking about food for today's post (along with what I need to make for dinner tonight!), I realized that food is more than just physical sustenance and nourishment. Food is also about fellowship and ministry. When we provide food for others, we are reaching out and blessing them in a way that meets a practical and sometimes, a very real need.
As you prepare your meals for your family, I pray that you will find great joy and delight in the process of blessing your family.
Thank You for feeding us every day, just as you do the birds of the air. Every meal that we eat is tangible evidence that you love us and care personally for us. (Matt. 6:25-34) Give us this day our daily bread, and may we live in the satisfaction of your provision (Matt. 6:11). Teach us to be content with this whatever you provide (1 Tim. 6:8), whether we be well-fed or hungry (Phil. 4:12).
But more than this, I pray that my family and I will remember that the food that really sustains us is not the physical food we eat, but the spiritual. I pray that we will long for pure spiritual milk, so that by it we may grow up in your salvation (1 Peter 2:2). May we find your Word sweet to our taste, sweeter than honey to our mouths (Ps. 119:103, 19:10). Feed us Your bread that gives life to the world (John 6:33, 41). Help us to mature and grow, so that we may be ready to eat the solid food that those who have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil may enjoy (Hebrews 6:14). Yes, we have tasted and You truly are good! (Psalm 34:8)
As You have blessed us with abundance, I pray that You will also use what You give us to bless others. Like Peter, please help us to faithfully feed Your lambs, Your people (John 21:15, 17), the poor (Pr. 22:9), and even our enemies (Prov. 25:21). Like the early church, may our home be a place where bread is broken and fellowship is sweet (Acts 2:46-47). May You always find our home a place to enjoy a meal (Rev. 3:20).
As I prepare each meal, will You remind me that in doing so, I share Your love with those around my table. Help me to remember the things that are truly most important, even when the hour is late and I am tired. For I do all this in Your name, Amen.
Part 3 of a series: A Mother's Hands, A Mother's Prayer