Lent: Season of Fasting & Prayer 2021
February 22 to resurrection sunday, april 4th
The 40+ days leading up to Easter-Resurrection Sunday- are an exceptional time to focus our Christian lives on fasting and prayer. Fasting disciplines us to deny ourselves and do without something we enjoy, so we can focus on and depend more on God. Prayer deepens our relationship with God, and prompts us to feel a deeper sense of compassion to those in need. 40 days is an important number in the Bible: it is associated with God's judgment, or testing.
- It rained for 40 days and 40 nights with Noah (Genesis 7:12)
- The Israelite spies took 40 days to explore the land of Canaan (Numbers 12:25)
- The Israelites' wandered through the desert for 40 years (Joshua 5:6)
- Goliath taunted the Israeli army for 40 days until David showed up (1 Samuel 17:16)
- Jesus fasted and was tempted by the devil for 40 days (Matthew 4:2)
- There were 40 days between Jesus' resurrection and his ascension into heaven (Acts 1:3)
Call to action!
Each person decides what they are going to fast- do without - during these 40 days leading up to Easter. It might be a meal. It might be a certain food, like chocolate or sweets. It might be an activity, like television (or a max number of hours). This is your commitment on the fasting side.
On the prayer side, it is your commitment to increase your spiritual discipline and formation with the Lord. You might devote so many minutes of Bible reading each day. You may have a prayer list, and pray for each person or ministry, each day. You might choose to read the four Gospels in 40 days! The whole idea is to grow closer to God, in your daily relationship with Him.
Each day beginning on February 22 to April 4th we will post a scripture and a prayer below. Please feel free to follow along with us!
What spiritual commitment will you make during these 40+ days of fasting and prayer? Write it down, and consecrate yourself to God.
Some Christians also read through the Gospels during this 40+ day time period. Since there are 89 chapters in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you can read two chapters a day, and three on Sundays, and you will do it!
Day 1 - February 22, 2021
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.” Matthew 6:1 (NIV)
Prayer: Dear Lord, let me put Jesus’ words into practice today by doing an anonymous act of kindness for someone.
Day 2 - February 23, 2021
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” Luke 9:25 (NIV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to follow you, by turning away from selfish pursuits and living my life to please you.
Day 3 - February 24, 2021
“The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.” Matthew 9:15 (NIV)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, today I will seek to grow closer to you through fasting and prayer.
Day 4 - February 25, 2021
“Why do you eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:30-31 (NIV)
Prayer: Dear Lord, today let me share your love with the broken-hearted, and spend time with people who know they are far from you.
Day 5 - February 26, 2021
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15 (NIV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, today I turn from my sin and ask you to forgive me. I believe, Lord Jesus, that you are the Christ, the son of the living God.
Day 6 - February 27, 2021
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, let my love for today overflow in generosity toward my neighbor.
Day 7 - February 28, 2021
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14 (NIV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me today to forgive others when they sin against me. Pour out your mercy and forgiveness on me today.
Day 8 - March 1, 2021
“For the [men of Nineveh] repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.” Luke 11:32 (NIV)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to understand how great you are and how I need to turn away from lesser things, and follow you wholeheartedly.
Day 9 - March 2, 2021
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12 (NIV)
Prayer: Holy Father, today let me focus less on my desires, and more on hearing & responding to the cries and needs of others.