Lent is just around the corner; it starts on 1st March. This period of 40 days is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. However, the purpose of fasting is not just to give something up, but to grow in intimacy with God.
We love the opportunity that Lent gives us to draw closer to God, but while it may be easy to decide what to give up it’s not always easy to know how to focus on our relationship with him. It’s often a great opportunity to intercede and stand with brothers and sisters around the world against Bible poverty and persecution.
- Why don’t you fast this Lent for those who are hungry for God’s word in their language? Translation projects often face a great deal of opposition in the final months before the translation is finished. You could download The Finish Line, a 30-day prayer guide by our partners Wycliffe USA, outlining translation projects that are close to completion. Let it guide you through praying for those people groups who are close to having the word of God in their language.
- We believe that the Bible is the best way for people to come to know and understand who God is. This includes you! Use God’s word to help you draw closer to him. Bible.com has a range of devotionals for Lent; allow God to grow a love for his word in your heart.
- As you fast, why not stand in the gap for those of our brothers and sisters who are living in the most challenging contexts. Open Doors have recently published the World Watch List for 2017 showing the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian; you could pray for one or two of those countries each day through Lent.
Whatever you choose, try to set a little time aside each day to meet with God and allow him to change your heart.
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