By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
The first in our series on Lent.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
Lent is a religious holiday that begins on Ash Wednesday (February 14, 2018) and ends 40 days later, before Easter Sunday. This time is meant to represent Jesus’ time in the wilderness where he fasted, endured Satan’s temptations and prepared his heart for ministry.
According to LifeWay, 1 in 4 Americans will observe Lent this year. Common things to give up for Lent include a favorite food or beverage, sweets, social media, and bad habits. Too often can this yearly practice become like an easily discarded New Year’s Resolution. But Lent is not just about the practice of giving something up; it’s much deeper than that. Lent is about becoming closer to God through sacrifice.
Is there something in your life that is standing in your way from getting closer to God? Do you struggle with addiction? Lust? Anger? This year, observe Lent by pushing aside whatever standing in the way of your relationship with God. Dedicate yourself to prayer and an intentional relationship with your loving Heavenly Father.
Prayer: Dear Lord, create in me a pure heart to do your will. Renew my spirit that I might continue to serve you with zeal. Show me what is standing in the way of being closer to you, and help me work to banish that from my life. Amen.