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549 total votes have been cast on this survey | 19 user comments  ( edit survey )

Should we give thanks audibly in restaurants before eating?
Created: 10/4/2006 | Last Vote: 11 years ago | Comment: 11 years ago
Disclaimer: These surveys are created by PLUS or FULL Members of the site and, unless specified, are not created by the SermonAudio staff nor do they necessarily reflect the site's position on any topic.

 •   No. We should not pray in public (Matt. 6: 5,6)
  3% | 19 votes

 •   Yes. Anyone who doesn't is ashamed of God
  34% | 188 votes

 •   Yes. But quietly, so as not to attract attention
  56% | 307 votes

 •   No answer. Skip this survey, I do not care to vote on this topic.
  6% | 35 votes


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Survey2/6/10 12:57 AM
Voice of Reason | Washington  Find all comments by Voice of Reason
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Brother Williams wrote:
only a reprobate who is ashamed of his faith wouldn't bless their food in public. but, there are many fearful and unbelieving.
Get off your pedastool. Matthew 6 5-6 needs to be branded on your head.

PS Reprobate is a verb. You need an education before you can even begin to try to educate others.

Survey1/23/08 6:47 AM
Dessie | WV  Find all comments by Dessie
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If you want to. However, we must realize that God knows the heart and
He knows if we are thankful.

When it comes to public prayer, we must
be careful not to want to be seen of men... EVEN IN CHURCH!!!! It seems most are doing just that...with their
many words.....

Read the bible, you will find all answers there.....

Survey1/22/08 9:11 PM
Meech | Lancaster, PA  Contact via emailGo to homepageFind all comments by Meech
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I have done this before. It helps start a conversation.

Survey5/12/07 10:16 PM
Richard Barber | Kalamazoo, Michigan  Contact via emailFind all comments by Richard Barber
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Actually, I don't think I worry too much about volume. I just want the people in my part to be able to hear. Here is an idea: As the waiter or waitress (I will not say wait person) if he or she has any prayer requests. I have been happily surprised by the response. A neat way to minister.

Survey5/12/07 7:45 AM
lilhopfroger | georgia  Find all comments by lilhopfroger
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Quietly yes, but the 'so as not to attract attention' bit bothers me some. Not saying that we should be loud or obnoxious attracting the attention of everyone around us, just unashamed. My family has always asked God to bless our food before eating whether we were at home or in a restaurant. Granny taught all of us children that we had so much that we should be thanking God for that we just took for granted. She said that the blessing at mealtimes was a good reminder of how much we had to be thankful for; food to eat, a place to sit down and eat it at, and people to eat it with. We ate as a family more often than not and the blessing was said out loud, so that everyone at the table could hear whether we ate at home or went out to eat.

Survey5/9/07 6:19 PM
Brother Williams | Ky  Find all comments by Brother Williams
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only a reprobate who is ashamed of his faith wouldn't bless their food in public. but, there are many fearful and unbelieving.

Survey2/24/07 10:56 PM
TN Lizzie | TN  Find all comments by TN Lizzie
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I ask God to bless my food and the hands that prepared it at home, why wouldn't I do the same eating out? Depending on where I am, I might ask God to bless every hand that has touched the food I am about to eat! )

Survey11/6/06 2:56 AM
St Jeremiah | Salt Lake City, UT  Contact via emailFind all comments by St Jeremiah
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Quite is preferred. People in the resturant do not need to hear you blessing the food you are about to eat...the Bible says they are unthankful and ungrateful to God for His they are annoyed at hearing loud prayers

Survey10/10/06 10:56 AM
Robert Millar  
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Check it out

Survey10/10/06 10:21 AM
Mike | New York  
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Not really hypocrisy, Arthur. Consider that food is daily sustenance, necessary to keeping the body alive. Clothing is needed to keep warm,(in some places)and house parts are nice, but absolutely necessary? And the taxi? Well, I'm not sure that is a graceful provision, rather a convenience.

But I would agree that meal prayers at restaurants are not great means of evengelism. Praying just to be heard praying is surely questionable. Some Mennonite friends of ours pray silently before meals in public. That seems a right thing, imo. And speaks volumes to any who happen to notice, without the 'look at me' aspect.

Survey10/10/06 9:23 AM
Arthur | Scotland  
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It would appear that some of the posters have seen the grace prayer as a means of evangelism, an audible witness to those around you.

Ok why only "evangelise" in resraurants.?

Do you also stand in prayer and audibly thank the Lord at the supermarket checkout, - the clothing shop when you buy your new clothes, - the hardware store when you buy new house parts.....etc...etc. Oh and how about the taxi, do you pray before you pay the driver or after.?? I suppose before otherwise he'd zoom off.

If not does that make you a hypocrite.??

Survey10/10/06 7:28 AM
Scottie | Scotland  
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Yes but don't make a big thing about it. I always used to say grace on the first date if we were having a meal. I would have done it anyway but it kinda led into a discussion about being a christian. I did not always know if my date was a christian but it was one of the first things I would find out. That's what dating should be getting to know someone and if they are not a christian well you move on.

Survey10/9/06 4:01 AM
Alan Low | Penang, Malaysia  
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We need not feel ashamed when we close our eyes to give thanks unto our Lord for His physical daily provisions. However, we must be careful not pray to as the hypocrites do, trying to attract praise with their supposed piety, with their spritual performance of raising their hands and loud raised voices.

I have never bothered what others think when as a family or a group of believers eating out together, bow their heads in prayer. We are to honor the Lord in everything that we do. We need not pray so loudly as to attract attention but I think we need to pray loud enough so that everyone on the table can say 'amen' to the prayer.

Saying grace always starts the meal on a right note. We should not only thank God for the food but also for the opportunity to fellowship among His saints. If an unbeliever is in our midst, they usually see nothing wrong in us asking for God to bless our time together. So let's keep on praying!!

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel!!

Survey10/9/06 12:43 AM
Remo & Susan Graziotin | Adelaide, South Australia  
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Amen too all below, great input!!weather we say it with voise as to give unnessasary attention to ones self or just to say it in ones head. as long its done in faith its not sin!!

Survey10/8/06 11:30 PM
Faithful Remnant  
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Great, Murray! I heartily does my appetite! .
"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)

Survey10/8/06 11:02 PM
MurrayA | Australia  
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"The earth is the LORD's, and all it contains; the world, and all who dwell in it." Psalm 24:1
- and that includes the restaurant!

So I will continue to give thanks, as I always have done - audibly - whether in a restaurant, or in a food court at a shopping mall, or wherever. Christ is the Lord of ALL, and ALL authority has been given to Him (Matt.28:18). Therefore no post-modern shop proprietor is going to tell me to stop on the specious grounds that it "might offend someone".

Survey10/8/06 9:16 PM
Faithful Remnant | The Protestant Church  
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The Bible says the food is sanctified by is totally permissible to pray even in restaurants. If the unbelievers can do as they please in restaurants, why not Christians?

Survey10/8/06 5:13 PM
Discerned Believer  
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Whenever my wife and I are eating out, we usually ask God's blessing, but very softly as not to be a disruption to those around us. Just the fact that we are joining hands, bowing our heads before eatings is a testimony in itself.

We try to be a witness, but there are appropriate ways of doing it not to cause a scene.

My former pastor and another friend and I were in a restaurant where the pastor invited the waitress to join us in prayer. Two weeks later my buddy and I went back to the same restaurant and saw the same waitress. She asked us to let her know when were ready to ask God's blessing on the food so that she could join us.

Survey10/8/06 5:02 PM
Arthur | Scotland  
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Saying grace is prayer to God. It is God that requires to "hear" - not proof to those around you that you are pious. Thats what the Pharisees did and were seen to be hypocrites by the Lord. They received their reward on earth not in Heaven.

Matt6:5 "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
:6. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

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