Sometimes I catch myself doing things for the sake of doing things. As I get older, it feels like I have more things to get done with less time to do them. With so much to do, I tend to get caught up in the act of doing for the sake of getting things done. Once something gets done, I can mark it off my checklist and move on to the next thing. Prayer is one of those things we like to mark off our checklist. We know the Bible says to pray so we do it. The problem is that we like to pray for the sake of praying, and this usually happens at the dinner table.
For some odd reason, families love to pray before eating dinner. It’s almost a given. Whether I eat with my own family, go out to eat with friends, or am a guest at someone’s house, praying before eating is a common practice. Why is the title of my blog Stop Praying at the Dinner Table? Great question! We need to stop praying at the dinner table when it becomes a time we pray for the sake of praying. There is nothing wrong with praying before a delicious meal, but if it becomes the only time we pray then we need to stop doing it.
Colossians 4:2 says “Devote yourselves to prayer”. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing”. These verses imply that we are to pray constantly. It is a spiritual discipline that should be done throughout our day, not just once before a meal. Stop praying at the dinner table if that is the only time you pray.
Dinner-table prayers should be a continuation of a devoted prayer life; they should not be our entire prayer life.