It is 1979. I am sitting at our white Formica kitchen table, my legs sticking to the yellow vinyl chairs covered in a daisy pattern, eating my Cocoa Pebbles. Across from me, just above my brother’s head, hung upon the dark wood-paneled wall—is a large oil painting of a white-haired man praying over his little loaf of bread. Many of you have seen this painting. In fact, many of you likely grew up staring at the very same painting in your kitchen as well.
Back in those days, our family mealtime prayers were short and to the point, “God, thank you for this day and for this food. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.” It was a simple time when no one questioned their food or knew to fear it. We believed the vegetable oil replacing our ghee and lard; and the margarine replacing our butter were heart healthy choices. And so we piled our carts high with microwave meals, frozen TV dinners, and sugar cereals blissfully ignorant of the toxic buildup awaiting us at the turn of the century.
Now, hardly a day goes by where a friend or a social media feed doesn’t bombard me with the new food item that I need to eliminate from my diet. Everything from chicken, beef, dairy, eggs, bananas—you name it, “they” have poisoned it. Whether it has been genetically modified, grown in nutrient-stripped soil damaged by Chemtrail toxins, vaccinated, or injected with graphene oxide, one thing is for certain—our food is going to kill us.
This reminds me of what was going on in Colossae around 60-61 AD. The Colossians, who had received the Jewish Messiah as their own, now faced a dilemma. Could they still go to the local marketplace and buy meat? After all, every bit of it had been hauled into some pagan temple and been a part of some satanic ritual, dedicating the meat to false gods. Buying and eating the meat would mean continuing to practice paganism and “being on board” with the rituals and agenda of a religion they had rejected. This led to many Colossian believers abstaining from meat altogether and becoming vegetarians. This then created a schism between the new believers in Colossae when meat-eating vs. vegetarian factions within the Church broke out.
This type of thing continues to this day. Kosher and Halal meat is butchered and prepared in a very precise, methodical way by religions leaders; prayers and religious rites are typically included in these slaughtering “rituals.” I have also been told by a man in leadership that many of us know and respect that, “by the time your food gets to your plate, it has been cursed by at least 75 witches and warlocks.”
Well, this is enough to make anybody starve to death! I understand now, full well, why the believers in Colossae were so anxious about grocery shopping that it necessitated a letter from Paul to ease their fears. But Paul also told Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:4-5, “For every creation of God is good, and nothing that is received with Thanksgiving should be rejected because it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.”
Well, chicken and beef; eggs and bananas—they are all the creations of God, and according to God’s word, that means they are good. This doesn’t mean they cannot be tampered with, of course, BUT if we receive our food with genuine thanksgiving (not just a quick, “Rub a Dub Dub, thanks for the grub!” before inhaling our food) then the Word tells us that whatever we give thanks for can be sanctified by God! Sanctified is to make or declare something as holy. Holy—set apart for the purpose of glorifying God.
We have come to a place in time where eating dinner has become warfare. Therefore, our mealtime prayers need to be revamped. We need to pray warfare prayers over our food. There’s nothing we can do to stop the chemtrails, the vaccination of baby chicks, or the spraying of our crops. But if we receive our food with thanksgiving, God can sanctify it to our bodies.
There is no set “formula” for this; but here is an example of how my family now prays over our food. This is just an example to get your juices flowing. Everyone should pray as the Spirit of God leads them to pray. But this prayer (and article) is mainly for the encouragement of those who are experiencing fear over their food. Because, sadly, whether our food is poisoned or not, a nocebo effect can kick in causing all of our fears to become a self-fulfilling prophecy regarding our health.
Father in heaven, thank you so much for this food we are about to receive. We are genuinely grateful that we have food to eat every time we are hungry. We receive this meal with thanksgiving, and we acknowledge that ‘every good and perfect gift comes from above.’ So, thank you, Father, for being such a kind and loving provider and gift-giver. We pray that every vitamin, mineral, and nutrient in this meal goes to where it needs to go in our body and that everything is properly absorbed. If there is anything poisonous or toxic in this food, Father, please expel it from our bodies and may it do us no harm, in Jesus’ name.
Father, we pray for anyone who intentionally or knowingly poisoned, toxified, altered, destroyed, or cursed this food. We pray that you would remit their sins and give them a window of opportunity to repent of their sins and be saved. But if they are, in your eyes, irredeemable, then may every curse they put upon this food fall upon their own head. Father, we thank you again for this food and pray that, according to the promises in Your word, that you will sanctify this food we are about to eat. In Jesus’ name.
This prayer is not a magic formula that guards us from ever getting indigestion, but rather a “reset” to get us to think more intentionally about our food—Who gave it to us—and what it is ultimately designed to do (fuel our bodies so we have the energy and longevity to joyfully do God’s will and preach the Gospel!) When food becomes nothing more than a mood regulator, a past time for boredom, or a pre-cursor into downwardly-spiraling fits of fear, anxiety, or despair…then it is time to hit the reset button and give food its proper place on our list of priorities. Food is a gift from God. It enhances our joy and our times of fellowship. Food can and should be delighted in. But when the enemy comes in like a flood and tries to steal that joy from us, it’s time to fight back.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31