Son, in my spiritual walk I started to read up on Lent. It is known most commonly out here as the 40 days (not including Sundays) before Easter when Christ arose from the dead. It is a time to fast and bring one closer to God. Although there is no mention of Lent in the Bible, there are stories in the Bible when 40 days and 40 nights worth of fasting occurred. There was the 40 days and 40 nights Christ spent in the wilderness being tempted by the devil; devoid of any food or water. Moses also spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt Sinai without food or water while he spoke with God and received the 10 commandments. When the prophet Elijah escaped from Jezebel he traveled 40 days and 40 nights without anything to eat or drink.
I have also been studying up on fasting after reading about it so many times in the Bible. I even heard our pastor talk about it a few Sundays ago. Nowhere in the Bible does it say fasting is something you are “required” to do, but the effects of it when done right, are something we should all “want” to do. There are many wonderful stories of fasting in the Bible, and the main purpose is to help us focus on worshiping and getting closer to God. Fasting isn’t always giving up on food and water. The Bible also tells us fasting can include giving up anything you find is taking up time that could be devoted to God. Different religions fast from different things over these 40 days of Lent, but the main reason is to get rid of stuff you normally spend or waste time on and devote that time to worshiping, reading the Bible, praying, and helping others.
Well, how can that be a bad thing? Fasting is a way to bring us closer to God; something I have been striving for over the last 2 years.
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. It ends the Saturday before Easter. (Sunday’s don’t count). I am going to fast. To kick it off I am going to abstain from eating food for 2 days. I am also going to give up my games. No more poker, blackjack or bingo. Neither will be easy, but I plan to replace these hours per day with prayer, Bible study, and helping others less fortunate.
The biggest event in Christian history is only 40 days away! What better way to prepare than by abstaining from things that get in the way of worshiping Him.