Lent is traditionally described as lasting for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan.
Today, Lent is connected with the 40-day fast that Jesus undergoes (Mark 1:13; Matthew 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–13). … But it was only after Christians began to fast specifically prior to Easter, about 300 years after Jesus’s death, that anyone looked to the Bible to find a source for the practice.
As we begin to get closer to the Easter season, you may hear people talk about what they will be giving up for Lent this year. For many people, Lent is something that they’ve heard about but if they don’t attend a church that observes Lent, they may not truly understand. Contrary to popular belief, Lent is not a season that is only observed by Christians who attend a Catholic church. Instead, it is a solemn season that allows believers across all denominations to prepare themselves for the celebration of our Savior’s resurrection.