When our kids were small, we made a trip to visit my cousin and his family. Between our two families, there were eight kids and when it came time to eat, craziness ensued! Amid the wriggling, fussing, teasing, and playing it would have been easy to skip the prayer of thanks for the meal. God would know we were thankful, right?

Instead of skipping the prayer or rushing through a quick “grace,” our cousins taught us the Superman prayer! It’s a little song that got everyone saying “thank you” to God for the people around us and the food we were about to enjoy. The tune of the prayer is the Superman theme song – the lyrics are simple and the actions are “super-hero-ish.” You can ask me to show it to you sometime:

Thank you Lord for giving us food!
Thank you Lord for giving us food
For the friends that we meet
And the food that we eat
Thank you Lord for giving us food!

It became one of our go-to prayers at our house when our kids were young. I think it’s great to make prayer fun, musical, and memorable. If you are worried about not being a singer, it works as an off-key chant too!

We taught it to some other families and it became a good prayer at birthday parties or other meals where the kids had friends over.
We have also sung “Johnny Appleseed” and now, as our kids are older, we sing the Doxology sometimes when we are all together.

If you have energetic kids or many people gathered, having a couple of fun, group singing-prayers can help keep thanking God a priority!

What are the different ways your family thanks God for what He provides?

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV