The Season of Lent is a time of preparation and anticipation. It is a season that should be characterized reflection, soul-searching, repentance, and ultimately looking forward to celebration – the celebration of all Jesus accomplished for us on the Cross. As Daniel Montgomery, of Sojourn Church writes: “Lent helps us focus on why He had to die.”
Traditionally speaking, Lent is often associated with fasting – whether from certain foods, or some other habit or practice. It is important we understand that there is no merit n fasting. Benefit, maybe. Merit, no. The purpose of fasting is to remind us how dependent we become on things rather than God. This reveals to us our need to repent. It whets our appetite for the grace of God in Christ.
With this in mind, here are a few readings I suggest for the Season of Lent: