Lent is the Christian season of spiritual preparation before Easter. In Western churches, it begins on Ash Wednesday. During Lent, many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline. The purpose of the Lenten season is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ—to consider his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection.
During the six weeks of self-examination and reflection, Christians who observe Lent typically make a commitment to fast, or to give up something—a habit, like smoking, watching TV, swearing, or a food or drink, such as sweets, chocolate, or coffee. Some Christians also take on a Lenten discipline, like reading the Bible and spending more time in prayer to draw nearer to God.
The goal of these spiritual disciplines is to strengthen the faith of the observer and develop a closer relationship with God.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Technically 46, as Sundays are not included in the count). Officially named "Day of Ashes," the exact date changes every year because Easter and its surrounding holidays are movable feasts.
TO FOLLOW THE PLAN:
Step 1: Download the app on your Apple, Android or Kindle device. For computer usage, go to Bible.com.
Step 2: After you set up an account, search the plans section for "Experiencing Jesus Together Through Lent" or use the links below.
Step 3: Each day is comprised of Scripture, a devotional excerpt, reflection questions, and prayer. If you'd like to be on this plan until the day before Easter, make sure to skip the devotional on Sundays (since Lent is 46 days and this plan includes 40 days worth of content).
Step 4: Click "start plan" and you're ready to go!
So make sure to join in on this Lent journey to deepen your faith and prepare your heart during this season. And invite some family, friends, or small group members to participate too!