Today marks the beginning of the 40 days fasting period in Orthodox churches across the world.
According to the US Conference of Catholics, “Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It’s a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully“.
Pentecostal churches do not specifically set about this period for fasting. Pentecostal churches do not observe the lent period but they can pick up any time of the year to fast and the fasting can last as short as three days and as long as 21 days.
What are the benefits of Fasting?
Fasting is beneficial to both body and soul.
Fasting provides the body an opportunity to slow down on metabolism and also to heal and restore.
Fasting helps the soul’s antenna to be tuned to the heights of God.
Fasting helps you draw near to God and to sharpen your conscious, perception, and clarity.
Fasting helps you abstain from temptations and luxuries.
Fasting helps you consecrate yourself to God and spiritual ideals.
This year, I’ve had a 7 days fasting and prayer session with a friend. That was in the latter week of January.
I decided to join the orthodox churches across the world to observe The Lent, starting today, 22 February, and ending in April 6th. Even if it means breaking my fast by 12pm or 3pm or 6pm, I will observe the 40 days lent period and infuse the days with spiritual and mental activities for my growth.
If you can, take advantage of The Lent and join millions of Christian’s across the world to observe this spiritual exercise. This is an opportunity to build yourself in your most holy faith.
May the Almighty God grant you strength and the desires of your heart.