The Daniel Fast and Lent 2017

Lent 2017

As an author, I’m a big fan of words. I enjoy looking up definitions to understand terms in a deeper way. So when I began writing this blog post about Lent 2017, of course, I had to do research on “lent.”

The word “lent” comes from the Old English term “lencten,” which means “spring.” On the surface, the meaning seems nice and sweet. After all, Spring is a wonderful season of the year. The weather turns warmer. Flowers begin to bloom. Nature comes alive. What’s not to like?

But you can’t experience the beauty of Spring without the harshness of Winter. Frigid temperatures. Brown, barren landscapes. Bitterly cold winds that cut to the bone. All components of Winter. All necessary to usher in Spring.

(You may think I’m chasing a rabbit trail here, but stick with me. I promise it will all tie together.)

Let’s go back to Lent. You may be wondering, What is Lent? It’s OK if you have no idea. I didn’t really either until a few years ago. 

Lent is the season of preparation in the weeks leading up to Easter when believers reflect on Jesus Christ—his life, death, burial, and resurrection. Such preparation often includes days of fasting from certain foods, television, and/or social media. During this time, many Christians also choose to participate in a Daniel Fast.

These types of sacrifices are certainly beneficial. But when I consider the definition of Lent, I have to conclude that its practice should involve more than mere meditation on what Christ did for us. 

Of course, it’s good to remember how Jesus paid the penalty for our sin. Our Lord willingly subjected Himself to the cruelest, most unforgiving Winter of all so we might experience life in Him. His death on the cross may a way for us to experience a wonderful, eternal Spring that lasts forever!

The purpose of Lent is designed to make believers ready for Easter Sunday, a day that’s all about celebrating this new life we’ve been given in Christ. But how can we celebrate to the fullest when men and women around us are still dying in their sin? How can we rejoice in our Spring when people we love are stuck in Winter?

The truth is, we can’t.

If you’re like me, you don’t think about eternity enough. You don’t dwell on the fact that your brother or sister or spouse or child is headed to Hell. But you need to think about it. And so do I.

Hell is real place. It’s not a figment of anyone’s imagination. It’s also not a joke or a party. Heaven is also a real place. People who have accepted God’s gift of salvation will be in God’s presence forever when they die. Those who haven’t, won’t. They will spend eternity separated from God and anything good. Instead of unending joy, they’ll endure utter darkness and misery, being tormented in ways we can’t even comprehend.

I see Lent, then, as a perfect opportunity to pray others into the kingdom of God. Eternity is at stake here. The need is urgent. People are desperate to know the hope we have in Christ. Lent is also a great time to intercede for other believers, who need wisdom, strength, and perseverance as they follow the Lord.

Will you fast and pray during the Lenten season, which is Wednesday, March 1, to Saturday, April 15? If so, indicate your commitment in the comments section below.

Ways you can participate:

  • Do a Daniel Fast (for more information on the Daniel Fast, click HERE).
  • Fast one day a week during Lent.
  • Do a combination of fasts (water, juice, Daniel).
  • Use a prayer journal to record your requests.
  • Print out my Lent 2017 Prayer Guide and put it where you’ll see it every day, such as on your refrigerator or in your Bible or journal.

The most important thing is that you pray. “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16B NLT). Your prayers make a difference and will change the history of people you know!

My prayer is for the Lord to pour out His power as we seek Him during Lent. May we see thousands of people turn to Him for salvation! May we also be revived in the process!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Patricia B says:

    Hi Kristen,
    I am trusing God that i will be able to fast during LENT. I however had one question, during this period of fasting, will one be required to do the food plan for Daniel fast?

    • Hi, Patricia! The way you fast is up to you. You can do a Daniel Fast, water, or just. You can also do a combination of the three. Some people may choose to do a water fast one day a week through Lent. Just ask God what He would have you do. He will show you!

  2. carol pendlebury says:

    I will use a prayer journal and interced for family and friends who do not know Christ.
    I will also use your book Spiritually strong for support and ideas.
    Thank you for your emails and videos for the January Daniel Fast.

  3. Sarah Smith says:

    Thank you Kristen! God be with you and your
    family! I am looking forward to doing the
    Daniel Fast again in March! The Lord revived
    me again during the January fast! You and your
    husband videos are always encouraging to me!
    I love the Ultimate Daniel Fast book!
    Sarah

    • Sarah, what an encourager you are! I sent your comments to my husband and wrote, “Sarah is my new best friend!” 🙂 Seriously, I appreciate your enthusiasm. May God go before you and work powerfully in your life as you fast and pray!

  4. I will be fasting and praying

  5. I want to join this lent time in fasting. I need encouregment and guidance so that I don’t feel alone in this journey?
    I was also part of the Daniel fast at the beggining of the year and it was a big blessing in my life.

  6. Shereé Holmes says:

    I’m in!! I did the Daniel Fast with you in January, and I’ll be fasting again during the Lenten season with my church. It’s a combination of fasts for us…and we start of with the Daniel Fast!

  7. Marilyn Ortaliz says:

    Count me in!! Thank you Lord!! Wow!! This is going to be pretty exciting!! 😊🙌🙏👍☝🔥

  8. I will join. 🙂

  9. Angienette Anderson Smith says:

    Count me in!

  10. I have very rarely participated in Lent. As an Apostolic Pentecostal, I have done various fasts at various times of the year, but I can’t recall a time when we did it during the Lent season. However, this year, as I am continually positioning myself to be elevated into the call of ministry that the Lord has given me, I have been seeking more ways to get into His presence and to seek His face for strength, wisdom, and guidance. So, yes, I am committing to all of the above, not only for myself and my wayward children but for those who have never known Him, those that have known Him and are now back sliders, and those that have known Him and want to go deeper & higher in Him, despite whatever obstacles they are facing.

  11. Im in this will be my first but im ready😀😀💪🙏

  12. PAMELA KASHAMBA says:

    Count me in

  13. I will join.

  14. I WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE AGAIN TOO ….MANY THANKS FOR YOUR MAILS

    AND RECEPIES ….

    LOVINGLY

    MARLISE

  15. Bernadette says:

    I’m in!!! I never met you Kristen but I know you are an incredible person. God bless you and thank you for this information.

  16. Tina Sanderson says:

    I will pray about how I will pray about what type fast the Lord will have me to do…I will definitely print out the prayer guide and I will know once I hear from God to what extent my fast will be.

  17. Hi there, I will join.
    The Daniel Fast was very intense ….
    Thank you

  18. I would like to participate in this Lent Daniel Fast. I’ve done the Daniel Fast once before about a year with a group of online participants. Thank you!

Leave a Comment

*