“The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast.” Genesis 21:8
“These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times: The LORD’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast.” Leviticus 23:4-6
“Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year.” Exodus 34:22
“Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field. ‘Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.’” Exodus 23:16
“Then in accordance with what is written, they celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles with the required number of burnt offerings prescribed for each day.” Ezra 3:4
“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:13-14
“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.’” Leviticus 23:2
“In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:25-26
“On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.” John 2:1-10
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,” Acts 2:46
Why Should We Pray over Our Meals?
God is to be at the center of our lives, all of the time. Feasts, celebrations, and holidays are reminders to refocus and place God at the top of our hearts and minds. “Most of us have never given serious thought to what it might mean to feast with Christ-honoring intentionality,” David Mathis wrote for desiringGod.org. It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season, or lack thereof. Cyber sales sidetrack us and we hinge our hope on news reports. Jesus is King, regardless of the state of our surroundings. He came to earth as a baby on Christmas, remains with every believer, and will return to earth again to right every wrong, and heal every hurt. In the midst of a challenging year, we hold onto His promise to wipe every tear. Mealtime is opportune to give glory to God who provides for and sustains us, from meal to meal and day to day, onward until we meet Him in heaven. For every Christ-follower, the events put into play on Christmas day will forever change our eternal destination.