/ Prayer for the table / James Faris

At Your Table Gathered 'Round

Abby and Trevor, my sister-in-law and now-brother-in-law, were married last Saturday. I had the privilege of praying in the ceremony for the Lord’s blessing on their marriage. After a few words of thanks to God and making requests unique to the new husband and wife, I prayed that the Lord would bless their marriage by blessing the table in their home.

God’s promises in Psalm 128 motivated the prayer, along with the ways I've seen him fulfill those promises in Christ at the tables of my in-laws, my parents, my grandparents, and now in our home for the last fifteen years. Some who attended the wedding requested the words of the prayer. I don’t have an exact record, but what follows is the essence of it reconstructed from memory and notes jotted the night before as I prayed in advance for the new couple. Please pray from the heart for this new couple and for all of our homes as you read:

Lord, today we ask your blessing on the table in Trevor and Abby’s home.

Would you make their table a place where thanks is given, where bounty is enjoyed, and where bodies are nourished.

May their table be a place where candles glow, where flowers bloom, where romance is kindled, and where love grows.

We pray that at their table milk would be spilled and holy messes would be made.

Yes, Lord, we pray that you would fill the chairs around that table with children, with friends old and new, with neighbors, and with people from beyond the farthest sea.

May their table be a place where history is recounted, where stories are told, and where laughter erupts.

May their table be a place where your word is read – and loved – and memorized, a place where children are catechized, sermons are discussed, Psalms are sung, and prayers are uttered – and heard – and answered.

May their table be a place where tears are shed, and sorrows are borne.

When necessary, may their table be a place where sin is confessed – and forsaken, and where forgiveness freely flows.

May their table be a place where the gospel is proclaimed and hearts are changed, where the afflicted are shown mercy, and where the downcast are encouraged.

May the landmarks of life be remembered there – make it a place where holidays and birthdays are celebrated, where gifts are opened, and where games are played.

May their table be a place where Trevor and Abby are always looking forward, where vision is cast, and where plans are laid.

But more than anything, we ask that at Trevor and Abby’s table, you, Lord Jesus, would be present, and that you would be revered, and loved, and glorified.

James Faris

James Faris

Child of God. Husband to Elizabeth. Father of six. Pastor of Second Reformed Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ordained as a pastor in 2003.

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