Excerpt taken from Good Dirt: Lent, Holy Week and Eastertide
Till: Jesus, you are with us and it’s a time to celebrate. Help us learn that you are better than anything we give up.
Enter it: In this passage, Jesus talks about fasting—giving up food or something else in order to focus on God. While he was here, his disciples didn’t fast because it was a celebration! What would it be like if you went to a birthday party, but refused to eat cake and acted really sad? How would the birthday person feel about that?
Apply it: Talk about what you have chosen to give up during this season of Lent. How can your fast (or your cravings or habits) remind you to look for Jesus today? (Or, if you are taking Sundays oﬀ of the fast,how can enjoying this thing today remind you to rejoice in Jesus?)
Weed: How did your fast help you look for Jesus today? Or, if you are taking Sundays oﬀ of the fast, how did today remind you to rejoice in Jesus?