Lenten Devotional March 6, 2019
16 And whenever you fast, do not look dismal like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward
17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face
18 so that your fasting may be seen not by other but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. It is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, self – denial or sacrifice. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ. This requires spiritual discipline. When I was young, I heard about lent at Easter time, and the main question was what are you giving up for lent? I had no idea what it was all about but the idea of giving something up was “cool.” I decided I would give up cigarettes. I didn’t last two days and there were many other failures, sweets, hamburgers etc. As I matured in my faith walk, I discovered that I needed to give up something that would be hard for me to “do without.” When I do give up something what do I replace it with? I gave up coffee for forty days. In place of drinking coffee, I increased my devotional and meditation time with God by 20 minutes.
The goal of fasting is to strengthen our faith and draw closer to God.
Heavenly Father as we start this season of lent, strengthen us through these forty days. Open our ears that we may hear a word from you, open our eyes that we may see what you have for us and open our hearts to receive your word. Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord. We give you all praise honor and glory. In your name we pray. Amen
Spiritual Growth Coordinator
Texas Conference United Methodist Women