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00263 - Lent Begins Today

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

Ash Wednesday is a holy day where Christians usually would fast. It’s the start of Lent which is 40 days (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter Sunday. Ash taken from the burnt leaves of Palm Sunday the previous year, are used to draw a cross on your forehead. It’s a reminder that from dust we came and from dust we will return.

Lent signifies the time Jesus spent in the desert enduring temptation, the journey made in human form before Jesus began the start of His minstry. Lent reminds us that Satan still tempts, but we can be set free through prayer and fasting, walking from the things that bind us into the power of the resurrection of our Saviour.

John 8:36 says ‘So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed’. (NIV) Lent is the best time to deal with things that bind you.


Lent is the best time of the year to deal with issues.


Lord, I bring to you the issues I face as ask you to lead me through Lent. Amen.

Action Point

Find a friend to go through lent with and then be in touch each day, encouraging each other over the 40 days.

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