A Prayer After Meals?
Who knew! I couldn’t believe I’d never noticed it before, it’s right there in Deuteronomy 8:10. Maybe I’d read it back when I thought the “Old Testament” was old and I just skimmed over it, well now that I know it’s the Living, Active Word of our Creator, I study every word.
So I’m really not sure why I’d never heard of praying after meals until I read it for myself. Of course I knew to pray before I ate, I figured that custom came directly from the Bible, but the only instruction I could find, and it’s called a commandment, is to pray after eating.
Why Would God Command Us to Pray When We’re Full?
We are actually given the reason right after the commandment, in short, God knows that’s when we forget. It’s not when we are starving, penniless or homeless that we have trouble remembering just how dependent we are on our creator for our every breath.
It’s actually when we have enough, and enough begins to multiply, that we may be tempted to think it must have been something we did.
When we bless our Creator by remembering to be thankful for the good land, earth, world (eretz) we live in, especially when we have an abundance of food, water, clothing and shelter, we won’t forget where it all comes from.
Here’s my emphasized version of Deuteronomy 8:10-18:
When you have eaten and are full, then you will bless
the LORD YHVH (He Is, He Was, He Shall Be) Eloheika (Your God) for the good land which He has given you. 11. Beware for yourself that you do not forget YHVH Eloheika, by not keeping His Commandments, His Judgments, and His Statutes, which I Command you this day. 12. Lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built, and lived in, good homes, 13. and when your herds and flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiplies, and all that you have is multiplied, 14. then your heart be lifted up and you forget YHVH Eloheika Who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, 15. Who led you through that great and awesome wilderness, with fiery serpents and scorpions, and where there was no water, Who brought forth water for you out of the Rock of Flint; 16. Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your father’s did not know, so He could humble you, and so He could test you, to do good at your latter end, 17. and you say in your heart, my power and the strength of my hand has gotten me this wealth. 18. And you shall remember YHVH Eloheika, for it is He Who gives you the ability to get wealth, so that He can establish His Covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.