I’d like to welcome you to this 40 day journey of Walking With Jesus. Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday.
Lent is a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The 40-day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where He fasted and where Satan tempted Him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.
I’d like to encourage you to fast something during this journey. Jesus said in Matthew 6:16 “When you fast” not IF you fast.
Fasting is simply denying ourselves so we can be filled with the power and presence of God. Maybe it’ll be fasting food a certain day of the week or a certain meal. You could consider fasting social media or anything that may be a distraction to you truly seeking God.
Our goal isn’t legalism, it’s intimacy with God.
Things to know:
Well, I’m so excited to see what God does in our lives as we take this journey together. We will start the journey tomorrow and so today I’d like to encourage you to read Matthew 6:5-18 and prayerfully ask God what you could fast during this journey together.