Forty Days Fasting in the Catholic Church

The Lenten season is one of the most significant periods in the Catholic church. You practically walk Jesus through His forty days fasting after which He gained the power to trample on the devil. Satan had no other option but to flee from Him.

Jesus was not in a temple, chapel or with His disciples. He was all alone in the quietness of the desert. God tested Jesus by exposing Him to the temptations of Satan but He never gave in.

Looking at it critically, Jesus received the baton of fasting for forty days from Moses. That symbolized continuity of the Ten Commandments that Moses received after his forty days fasting. Jesus, on the other hand, qualified to take the position of the savior of the world after His 40-day fasting.

Christ similarly passes on the baton to you. The Lenten season is a time that you entice God to reveal Himself more and take you to the next place He has destined for you. He did it for Moses and Jesus. He can also do it for you.

Why Lent is the closest pilgrimage every Catholic can attend

Why lent is the important annual season a Catholic cannot miss to partake in

What have you lined up for your lent period?

Are you ready to receive that gift God has prepared for you although you do not know what it is?

As you prepare, do not ignore this important rule of thumb

You can choose what suits you best from these three options.

Pray and Fast with Suffering

Both Moses and Jesus suffered to accomplish God’s mission because they denied themselves the luxury of eating at the body’s demand.

At one point in the three-year journey of Jesus’ teachings, He reiterated that some demons can only leave through prayer and fasting.

Sometimes you may not know what exactly is cooking inside you yet you experience one challenge after the other. Problems are somehow permanent. Such a case requires you to commit yourself to suffer in order to attain freedom.

It involves reorganizing your meals to accommodate the fasting period you have chosen per day. We all love food and hunger pangs may become worse than ever before but you have to realize it’s a temptation to break your fast so that you lose the target.

Refrain from a Bad Habit

Addiction kills your relationship with God. It is not just about addiction to alcohol, drugs or illicit sex. Some addictions easily go unnoticed and we tend to focus more on other people’s problems that appear bigger than ours.  

The love of gossip and lazing around are examples of addictions that seem mild but are equally dangerous.

You can pinpoint a habit that you find so difficult to detach yourself from and dedicate it to Jesus this Lenten season. Your goal should obviously be to freely walk out of it by the end of the forty days and never go back there.

Hold the Lenten Season close to your heart and receive breakthroughs according to the will of God.

Hold the Lenten Season close to your heart and receive breakthroughs according to the will of God.

Thank God this Lenten Season

Some years are smooth running and others come with unexpected challenges. Prayer and fasting have great rewards; those who practice this can attest to it.

It’s not unfortunate though if you cannot fast this year because God always has something for everybody and He will still give you what He plans to if you stick to your schedule. He knows you are sick, on medication or recovering from a delicate health condition that may take you some time to fully recover.

Rest assured that if you understand Him, He understands you too.

You can do exactly as these verses suggest.

Psalms 50:14; Let the giving of thanks be your sacrifice to God, and give the Almighty all that you promised.

Psalms 50:23; Giving thanks is the sacrifice that honors me, and I will surely save all who obey me.

God asks for what He knows you can give.  He doesn’t want to hurt you. 


The option that God feels is the best for you this Lenten season is the one that holds the keys that will unlock God’s plan for you. Don’t favor yourself with the simplest option when your background check requires the heavier option. Take up the challenge and move those mountains that are sitting on your freedom.  

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Judith Okech · June 22, 2020 at 10:41 am

Fasting is such a fulfilling experience. It’s like an adventure to greater heights. Try it, you’ll never regret it.

Jack Williams · June 22, 2020 at 4:35 am

You have great content all over your website. I surely need to keep visiting. I think I’ll have to try fasting one of these days.

Judith Okech · June 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Any day, any time. I am here to help.

Graham Williams · June 18, 2020 at 11:55 am

I am Catholic but I have never fasted. You have given me a clue. I think I need to take this seriously next year. You seem to know much more about fasting. Let me bookmark your site. In case I get stuck, I’ll give you a hola. Thank you for the good work.

Judith Okech · June 2, 2020 at 2:05 pm

Nice to hear that. I’m grateful for your commitment and time spent to read and share.

Judith Okech · June 2, 2020 at 1:58 pm

You are most welcome back and thanks for your commitment.

Darcie Ambeau · June 2, 2020 at 10:22 am

Awsome website! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am taking your feeds also

Judith Okech · March 11, 2020 at 12:31 pm

Thank you.

Judith Okech · March 11, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Thanks Julie. I’m glad to hear the Lenten season makes sense to you. I pray that you experience the Lord in a special way when you take up your fast. Good luck.

Julie · February 16, 2020 at 4:33 pm

I’m not Catholic, but I have found Lenten to be a wonderful time of reflection. I have been thinking about fasting. I might do it this year.

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