Hi, there….thought I would pass along to you a little ‘food’ for thought this morning!
I came across a very interesting and beneficial truth this morning while reading 1 Timothy 4:5. I always give thanks at meals just as Jesus did in Matthew 14:19 (and I try not to make it just a ‘ritual’ but really express it from the heart). Going a step further, Paul tells us in verse 5 our food is actually “sanctified” when we “petition” before eating it.
This word “petition” is a different word from the normal Greek word for ‘prayer’ and is used only twice in the New Testament, both in Timothy (the other is 2:1). Its definition is similar to that of ‘prayer’ but it also seems to imply a special request. This is just my opinion but I would take it to mean something like asking that the food be ‘blessed’, in addition to giving thanks for it.
The ‘sanctification’ of the food after making the ‘petition’ is defined by Strong’s Concordance as:
“consecrate things to God”
“to cleanse externally”
So, along with my normal giving of thanks at meals I will be asking God and Christ Jesus to bless it as well.