We have come upon one of the great seasons of the Christian faith. The Lenten season is one that is celebrated by Christians around the world. It is a time where Christians choose to fast from certain things in order to focus their attention more on Christ and what He has done for us through the cross and the empty grave.
Different people choose different things from which to fast (give up or not partake in for a time). Some people choose certain types of food or drink… others may choose to lay down social media or TV…
Our family has chosen to partake in a “Daniel Fast” for the Lenten season. We are doing this to help our family not only grow closer to the Lord, but also to help clean up some of our eating habits.
Whatever one chooses to “give up” during Lent, I have learned from times before that just giving something up for a while doesn’t do what this season is intended to do. Lent is for us to purposefully draw closer to the Lord and refocus on what He has done and is doing in our lives. This is not done by just giving up something. We have to purposefully redirect that attention towards Christ.While it is not necessary that a Christian partake in Lent, I would encourage any follower of Jesus to take part in this wonderful season. I would encourage you to spend some time finding out what is one thing that takes your attention away from God, and then give it to Him in this season. Fill that time with prayer and study of the Bible. I have found some good resources that would help one refocus on Christ as we approach the greatest season of the year.
These are some really good websites that come with Bible studies and devotionals to help followers of Jesus spend time in God’s Word. They have apps for your smartphones or tablets also. Some of the plans do cost (the Lent devotionals are $2.99 and well worth it), but they also have free studies.
YouVersion is an app for smartphones, tablets, and computers that allows you to access the Bible in just about any translation you could imagine. It also has many devotional plans (FREE) that help followers of Jesus in their time in the Word. They have a multitude of devotional studies for the Lenten season.
Whatever you do, my prayer for each of you is that you draw closer to Jesus and what He is wanting to do in your life this Lenten season.