Lent is a season of preparation and reflection in build up to Easter. It is made up of 40 days and 7 ‘feast days’. These 40 days are meant to represent the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness in preparation for His ministry.
Throughout Scripture we find countless examples of the the number 40 signifying a time of preparation and consecration for a person or people group before they enter into more of God’s purposes for them.
Moses went up Mount Sinai where he was ‘with the LORD forty days and forty nights’ (Ex 34:28), before returning with a ‘radiant face’ (Ex 24:30). Similarly the Israelites spent 40 years walking in the wilderness before they finally entered the Promised Land. Jesus went into the wilderness for forty days and forty nights where he was tested but, having clung to the Word, he returned to Galilee and began his ministry ‘in the power of the Spirit’ (Luke 4:14).
In this season of Lent, we want to consecrate ourselves and enter more deeply into God’s purposes for our lives. We want to be a people who know and love the Word. Some of you may already have a good routine; this season you could stretch yourself and sacrifice time spent elsewhere to delve deeper into the Word. Or perhaps you may not yet have a routine, and want to take this opportunity to establish one. Simon Peter, in John 6:68, says to Jesus; “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” This season, may you find life.
Introducing… WATERFALL, RIVER, and STREAM. These are the three different reading plans: there is no hierarchy, but simply different volumes according to how much time you can give to reading each day. Each week Sunday is a rest day, and an opportunity to catch up if you have missed any readings during the week. The most important thing to remember is that it’s about the relationship between you and God – quality time with Him – and not work, but worship.
You’ll read the entire Bible in the course of Lent; that’s about 30 chapters each day. Total immersion.
You’ll get an overview of the whole Bible throughout Lent. This plan goes through the Bible chronologically, from Genesis to Lent, and is a few chapters a day. We recommend keeping a note in a journal each day as you do this, noting down any observations and reflections, and what your reading teaches you about God and humanity. If you wanted to have a more meditative time as well we suggest reading some of the Hebrew poetry before bed – a Psalm, or Song of Songs. Enjoy the flow!
You’ll get to spend time with Jesus closely looking at the road to the cross through the gospels. This is less than a chapter a day, and more meditative.
For this, we recommend practicing the spiritual discipline of ‘Lectio Divina’. It’s simple and straight to the heart.