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"For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer" (1 Tim. 4:4-5).

Have you ever wondered why on earth we pray over our food? I pray over mine because I have to eat it!

Another may say, "I pray over my meals because my denomination or religion says that's what I should do."

Well, I don't have a denomination. If you do it just because religion or tradition says to, you'll wind up saying grace and praying for Jesus' sake.

Jesus said whatever you ask the Father in My Name, He will give it to you. He didn't say anything about praying for His sake. I don't pray for Jesus' sake. I pray for my belly's sake!

The Word of God says our food is sanctified by the Word, by thanksgiving and by prayer.

I pray over my food because I have to eat it. It's right to do, and I've eaten all over the world in all kinds of places. I've eaten stuff that I didn't have any idea what it was. And I didn't want any more of it, either!

I was in one place one time when they came out and honored me at 4:30 in the morning. So they came and took me to the breakfast they had prepared. I sat down in front of something green on my plate. I had no earthly idea what it was. I looked at it and thought, "I'm not going to eat this. I'm going to fast right now."

The Spirit of God said, "What does My Word say?"

"I knew You would ask me that," I thought. "The Word of God says when you're out in the field, eat whatever is set before you. It also says no deadly thing will hurt you. And it says the food is sanctified. Alright, I know, I know. I get the message. I get the message."

Then He added, "That means do it with a smile on your faithful face."

So I did, and then I went on a fast the next day.

When you pray over your food, do it in faith and simply follow what the Apostle Paul said in First Timothy and receive it with thanksgiving. Jesus broke Satan's power to contaminate your food. Praying in faith over your food allows it to minister nourishment and strength to your body, rather than pain and sickness.

When we receive it with thanksgiving in Jesus' Name, it is sanctified, set apart for our use (John 16:23).

So stop right now before you take another bite of anything. Learn to pray according to the Word: "Father, thank You for this food. I receive it blessed and set apart for my use according to Your Word. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

For Further Study: Ex. 23:25; 1 Tim. 4:4-5

Daily Scripture Reading: Ezek. 46-48; Ps. 116-117

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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