Why Pray for the Food We Eat?

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Introduction

In Luke 24, after the resurrection of Jesus, he engaged in a conversation with two guys who were just walking down the road. The Bible tells us that they did not recognized Jesus; they obviously knew him from before. Amazingly they are talking to Jesus about the fact that they went to his grave, and he was not there; not knowing they were talking to the Lord himself. This encounter ended in this way in Luke 24:28-35,

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. (ESV)

I started this series by asking myself one question, why should we pray for the food we eat? The quest for the answer to this simple question initiated this series. I can understand the principle of being grateful; but praying for his food was something that Jesus was particularly known for. There was something about Jesus praying for his food, to the point that it opened the eyes of these men, and they were able to recognize the Lord. As these men were telling the story of there encounter with Jesus, the Bible tells us in Luke 24:35 that “…they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.” 

To be continued…

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