Lent is the time of waiting and preparing for Easter. Stemming from the Old English term lent(c)ten, Lent simply means “spring season,” yet it refers to the Latin term Quadragesima, which means “fortieth.”
The forty days of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Saturday before Easter Sunday, commemorate Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness, when He fasted and was tempted by the devil.
The purpose of the season of Lent, therefore, is to prepare believers for commemorating Jesus’ self-sacrifice, especially as it is displayed in His death and resurrection, and to help them experience in a concrete way the Christian journey from death to new life.
Common practices associated with Lent include fasting, self-examination and repentance, acts of self-denial, extended times of prayer, following prescribed Scripture readings and prayers, and reading daily devotionals.
by A. W. Tozer
40-day Lent devotional from a beloved spiritual writer As for the field, so for the soul: “The neglected heart will soon be overrun with...
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