Have you witnessed anyone with a dark spot on their forehead lately? If so, it’s probably from their observance of Lent. I’ve never observed Lent. I do not believe it is wrong! I just have not grown up in a faith tradition which practices Lent. It is becoming more and more popular among Protestant Christians today.
The season of Lent is 40 days beginning on Ash Wednesday and ends on Maundy Thursday. If you’re calculating the days, you’ll notice it’s more than 40 days. That is due to the fact that 6 Sundays during the season are not counted and then they throw in Good Friday and Holy Saturday to make it 40 days.
By the year 330 A.D. Lent was a common practice in the church. The 40 days is based on Jesus model of 40 days of fasting in the wilderness before starting His public ministry. Fasting and abstinence are the most common features of Lent. Fasting is something we probably do not practice enough as Christians today. The early Christians did. Jesus did. It is a spiritual discipline in which our spiritual senses can be sharpened as we develop a better awareness of life beyond material things. If we deny ourselves food physically for the purpose of growing closer to Christ and being more in tune with what the Lord is leading us to do for His kingdom I believe God will bless that decision. It helps us to renew our hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Even if you do not practice Lent, maybe we should give some thought to this practice of fasting that will deepen our walk with Christ.