Updated: Feb 26
Lent is the season of repentance and remembrance leading up to Easter Sunday—a time to look long at our sin and look even longer at the cross of Christ. It is a time of trial, simplicity, and intimacy. Did we catch you off guard with the word intimacy? If you have not already, take 30 minutes to go and listen to Episode 27 All Things Lent. As a recap here are somethings we discussed as we prepare to practice Lent this season.
The significance of the number 40
Lent is the 40 days prior to Easter where Christians prepare and fast, mimicking the 40 days that Jesus was tested in the desert prior to the start of his ministry. The number 40 was mentioned 146 times in the bible and is symbolic. In the bible when you see the number 40 it is associated with 'trials' or 'a period of testing'. Here are some examples:
The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years before going into the promise land
Moses fasted for 40 days during the preparation of the ten commandment (2 times!)
Jesus was tested by the enemy for 40 days
This is just a few of the many examples!
Intimacy, or being close with someone, in our culture is closely tied to sex. Why is it that we squirm at the thought of having intimate relationships with family and friends? The word has been so taken out of context and fostering intimate relationships is so important is our culture especially with the easy access to technology and social media.
But what if we were striving for an intimate relationship with God during this year's season of Lent? What is we intentionally spent extra time with Him daily over the next 40 days. What is we turned off the T.V. and listened to worship instead. What is we spent time journaling our thoughts and prayers each morning or night.
What can you be doing to grow closer to God during this season of Lent?
How do we do it?
Intentionality. Take time to decide how you will intentionally spend time with God. It looks so different for each of us because we are all in different seasons of our life. Whether it is time first thing in the morning, listening to scripture in the car, or in the evening MAKE THE TIME! It is only 40 days. A small commitment in the grand scheme of things.
Hilary and I decided that we were going to read through the Gospel of John over next 6 weeks. We chose the book of John because we wanted to reflect on the life and ministry of Jesus durning this time. What better way to get close to God than to be in the word daily. We would love for you to join us and see how God transforms your lives in the next 40 days!
We have developed a free guide that you can download that includes a daily reading plan (excluding Sundays), a weekly plan, and a prayer journal page.