Today is the first day of Lent, that period of 40 days of meditation, fasting, and prayer leading up to Easter. As part of my lenten observance this year, I am going to write something every day about life, love and the glory of God.
There is a great app for your iPhone that has Bible study plans. The “40 Days of Lent” brings up a Bible passage each day, has a place for me to take notes, and is a great guide through the scriptures of this time before the crucifixion.
Today is Day 1.
Matthew 6:16-18 provides a great guide on how to pray to God. “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. but when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
The passage goes on to say, “Do not store up treasure here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:19-21). This is a very poetic way of saying that what you value should be more than the transitory things of the material world. If you do, you will always be disappointed, for these things never last. Only one thing is guaranteed to last.
Your relationship with God.
And that is exactly why I am writing for the 40 days of Lent. The discipline of reading the Bible daily, meditating and praying, then writing about it is good for me. It clarifies my thoughts and builds my relationship with God.
Hopefully, you will discover something of value as well. Blessings!