Many people pray before they eat.
Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. Matthew 15:36
It is not some religious ritual you have to do.
But when you realise that God is the real provider in every harvest, giving thanks is a simple and beautiful way of thanking God for his goodness to us in providing our food.
This giving thanks before we eat is sometimes called saying grace.
Grace exists when you receive something good that you don’t necessarily deserve, and often don’t ask for.
Saying grace, or giving thanks, is a beautiful way of personally connecting with God during the day.
It is as simple as closing your eyes – to shut out the world around you and to focus on God, bowing your head – a token of respect and honour, and saying – thank you.
It is not a formal prayer.
Here is an example –
Father in Heaven, thank you for this food today. I accept it as a blessing from you. Amen