The Lenten season is a wonderful time to focus our hearts on Jesus Christ and the gift of eternal life he’s promised the faithful. These Bible verses for Lent are a powerful reminder of God’s love, grace, and sacrifice for us.
As you reflect on the life of the Savior, may these verses bring you comfort, strength, and guidance this year. And may they also inspire you to deepen your faith and draw closer to God during this holy season.
70 Must-Read Bible Verses for Lent Reflection In 2024
You can use this list of Bible verses for Lent as a daily devotional to keep your mind and heart focused on the true meaning of this period of Lent. Each verse comes with a short reflection to help you better understand its significance.
Verse 1: Psalm 51:10
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
The Lord God wants us to have hearts that are pure and renewed by His love. As we journey through Lent, let us pray for a clean heart and a right spirit, ready to receive the blessings of His grace.
Verse 2: Isaiah 53:5
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Jesus Christ bore all our sins on the cross at the end of his public ministry, taking our place as the ultimate sacrifice. Let us remember His suffering and death and be grateful for the healing and forgiveness He offers us.
Verse 3: John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
This famous verse is the very purpose of the season of Lent – God’s love for us and His ultimate sacrifice to save us. May we never forget the depth of this love as we journey through this season.
Verse 4: Matthew 6:16-18
“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”
As we observe Lent through fasting and other sacrifices, let us remember that it is not for show or recognition from others. It is a personal and private act between us and God, who sees our hearts and rewards us openly.
Verse 5: Joel 2:12-13
“Yet even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts, not your garments.”
Jesus cares more about what’s in our hearts than what’s on the outside. Let us truly turn to Him with repentant hearts and seek His forgiveness and the companionship of the holy spirit during this season of Lent.
Verse 6: 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
I love the promise that comes from this verse of scripture. Anyone who comes into the kingdom of God is a new creation, with the old ways and sins passed away. Let us seek this newness of life during Lent and strive to become more like Christ in all that we do. And may His love and grace guide us as we walk through this journey.
Verse 7: Matthew 6:21
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The gospel of Matthew reminds us that our hearts will always follow where we put our treasures. As we reflect on what truly matters and make sacrifices during Lent, let us remember to place our treasures in heavenly things rather than earthly possessions. For where our heart is, there our true devotion lies.
Verse 8: Isaiah 58:6
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke (straps of the yoke), to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”
Isaiah challenges the whole concept of fasting—it’s not just a growling stomach and avoiding your favorite snack. It’s about breaking free from the bad habits or false beliefs holding you prisoner and finding freedom in Christ. Let us focus on breaking the chains of sin during this Lenten season through prayer, fasting, and acts of kindness towards others.
Verse 9: Ephesians 4:31-32
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Paul tells it like it is. Ditch the grudge-holding and negative emotions and instead, be kind and forgiving towards others. As we journey through Lent, let us strive to heal relationships and show Christ’s love by letting go of bitterness and choosing forgiveness. Remember that God has forgiven us through Christ, so we should extend the same grace to others.
Verse 10: Romans 12:2
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
It can be tempting to follow the ways of the world and conform to societal norms, even when they go against God’s teachings. But as Christians, we are called to be transformed by renewing our minds through prayer, reading the Bible, and seeking God’s will. We can use this Lenten season to break away from the patterns of this world and align our thoughts and actions with God’s perfect will.
Verse 11: Matthew 4: 1-11
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
”Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”
Jesus himself suffered temptation from the devil, showing us that even in our human form, we are not immune to its lure. But by relying on God’s word and His strength, we can overcome any temptation that comes our way. As we journey through this Lenten season, let us remember Jesus’ example and seek refuge in Him when faced with temptations. Let us trust in His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. And let us serve and worship the one true God, who is greater than any temptation or trial we may face.
Verse 12: 1 Peter 1:3
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
We have the promise of new life and hope in Christ through His resurrection. As we reflect on this verse, let us give thanks to God for His great mercy and love towards us. Let us also remember that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we too can experience new birth and have a living hope in Him. May this truth bring joy and peace to our hearts as we continue to walk with Him every day.
Verse 13: Mark 9:2-10
“And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and led them up onto a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them.
“And His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow, such as no fuller on earth could whiten them. And there appeared unto them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
And Peter spoke and said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tabernacles: one for Thee, one for Moses, and one for Elijah— for he knew not what to say, for they were sore afraid.
“And there was a cloud that overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This Is My Beloved Son: Hear Him!” And suddenly when they had looked round about, they saw no man anymore, save Jesus only with them.
“And as they came down from the mountain, He charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of Man were risen from the dead. And they kept that saying to themselves, questioning one another what “rising from the dead” should mean.”
These verses are known as “The Transfiguration” and shows God’s mighty hand at work. Can you imagine being one of the disciples and witnessing Jesus’ transformation before your very eyes on the very high mountain? It must have been a truly awe-inspiring and humbling experience.
But what can we learn from this event? Firstly, it shows us that Jesus is not just a mere man, but the Son of God with power and glory beyond our understanding. Secondly, it reminds us of the importance of listening to God’s words. When the voice of our Father in Heaven declared Jesus as His beloved Son, He also commanded the disciples to listen to Him.
In our busy lives, it can be easy to get caught up in our own thoughts and concerns, but we must not forget to take time to listen and obey God’s teachings.
Verse 14: Zechariah 9:9
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
Jesus’ unfailing love and compassion towards His people are evident in this verse. Despite being the King, He humbly enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey, showing us that true power comes from humility and service.
This is a reminder for us to also approach life with humility and love towards others. Jesus’ example teaches us that greatness is not found in seeking recognition or praise, but rather in serving and loving others with pure intentions.
Verse 15: Luke 22:44-46
“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, and said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
Sometimes our best intentions can lead us astray, just like the disciples who fell asleep while Jesus was in agonizing prayer. This verse not only highlights Jesus’ humanity and his struggle, but also reminds us of our own need for constant prayer and vigilance against temptation.
In times of hardship or confusion, we must remember to turn to God in earnest prayer. Just as Jesus found strength and guidance through prayer, we too can find peace and clarity in seeking God’s guidance and will for our lives. Let us not underestimate the power of prayer and always strive to stay connected with God through it.
Verse 16: Luke 24:1-6
“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
“And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee.”
This Easter Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, let us remember the faithful women who went to his tomb early in the morning with spices, only to find an empty tomb and two angels. This passage not only reminds us of the miraculous event that changed everything for believers, but also shows us the importance of faith and belief even in times of confusion.
Like these women, let us hold onto our faith and trust in God’s plan, even when we may be surrounded by doubt. Just as the angels reminded the women that Jesus had risen just as he said he would, let us hold onto the promises of God and have confidence in his love and power for our lives.
Verse 17: Psalm 33:20-22
“Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.”
God always keeps his promises. His steadfast love and faithfulness never fail. As we wait on the Lord, let us find joy in knowing that he is our help and shield, always protecting and guiding us. Let us put our trust in his holy name, knowing that he will never forsake us.
Verse 18: Joel 2:14
“Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.”
As we reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus and his resurrection, let us remember that God is a merciful and forgiving God. Just as the verse says, he will return and leave blessings for us. Let us have hope in his grace and redemption, knowing that even when we fall short, he is always ready to forgive and bless us abundantly.
Verse 19: Isaiah 58:7
“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
The word of God teaches as we serve the poor, the needy, the sick, and the afflicted, we are serving Jesus Christ himself. Let us not turn a blind eye to the suffering of others, but instead extend a helping hand and show kindness and compassion, just as Jesus did during his time on earth. In doing so, we are showing our love for God and fulfilling his commandments.
Verse 20: Psalm 42:2
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”
Do we long for God in the same way we thirst for water? As the deer pants for streams of water, let our souls yearn and long for the presence of God. Let us seek him faithfully through prayer, worship, and reading his word, knowing that in his presence we will find peace and joy beyond measure.
Verse 21: 1 Peter 5:6
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”“
One of the greatest bonds of wickedness is pride. As Christians, we should strive to be humble in our interactions with others and before God. Let us not boast or seek glory for ourselves, but instead lift others up and give all the glory to God. For it is through humility that we receive his favor and blessings in abundance.
Verse 22: 1 Timothy 4:1-5
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”
There are so many voices wanting our attention and leading us away from the truth. But let us hold fast to our faith, knowing that in these last days we must holding tightly onto Christ. Let’s not be swayed by doctrines of devils or the hypocrisy of those who speak lies. Instead, let us remember that all things created by God are good and meant to be enjoyed with thanksgiving.
Verse 23: Genesis 3:19
“ In the sweat of your face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
We are reminded of our mortality and the consequences of sin through this verse. But even in the middle of toil and hard work, let us remember that we were created from dust and will return to it one day. May this humble us and remind us to live each day for God’s glory.
Verse 24: John 3:14-18
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is summarized in these verses. Just as the people of Israel were saved from death by looking at a bronze snake on a pole, we too can be saved from eternal death by looking to Jesus on the cross. God’s love for us is displayed through His sacrifice of His one and only Son, and all who believe in Him will have eternal life.
Verse 25: Romans 1:16-17
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.””
We have every reason to be happy to be followers of Jesus Christ. His gospel is the power of God that brings salvation to all who believe. This good news is not limited to a certain group of people, but is available to all, regardless of their background or ethnicity. Through the gospel, we can see and experience the righteousness of God, which comes through faith in Him. It is by His grace and our faith that we are made righteous and can live according to His will.
Verse 26: Philippians 3:10-11
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
Let’s have a deep desire to know Jesus Christ, not just knowing about Him but truly knowing Him and having a personal relationship with Him. This means understanding the power of His resurrection, which defeated sin and death, and participating in His sufferings as we share in His mission on earth. Through this, we become more like Him in His death, dying to our old selves and living for Him.
Verse 27: John 10:10
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Jesus was chosen in God’s holy courts because of the perfect love that He had for us and came down to earth as a man. The enemy, or ‘thief’, tries to steal, kill, and destroy our lives through temptation and sin. But Jesus has come to bring us life – abundant, full, and eternal life. Through Him, we can experience true joy and fulfillment in this world and the next.
Verse 28: Zephaniah 3:17
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.“
Heavenly Father loves you and is always with you, fighting for you as a mighty warrior. He takes joy in His children and no longer rebukes us because of the immense love He has for us. Imagine God rejoicing over each one of us with singing – that’s how much we are loved by Him! Let this truth fill your heart and bring peace, comfort, and confidence in your walk with Christ.
Verse 29: Ezekiel 9:4
“And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.”
For our own sake, God has set a mark on those who cry out for the injustices and wrongdoings in this world. He sees our hearts and knows our pain, and wants to bring justice and redemption to all. Let us continue to cry out for the brokenness of this world, trusting that God is with us every step of the way.
Verse 30: Isaiah 43:25
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”
The chains of injustice and sin can weigh us down, but the Lord promises to wipe them away for His own sake. He desires a relationship with us that is free from sin and guilt, and through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, our sins are washed clean. Let this truth bring freedom and peace to your heart as you walk in forgiveness and grace from God.
Verse 31: Genesis 2:7
“Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
The Lenten season is a season of reflection and renewal, as we remember the breath of life that God breathed into us when He created us. Let us take this time to realign our hearts and minds with His, and be reminded of our purpose as living creations of God. May we live out each day with gratitude for the gift of life from our Heavenly Father.
Verse 32: Psalms 51:12-17
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.”
During this time of reflection and repentance, let us remember the joy of our salvation through Jesus Christ. As we seek forgiveness for our sins, may it draw us closer to God and inspire us to share His love with others. May our hearts overflow with gratitude for His forgiveness, and may our words and actions reflect His grace and mercy towards all.
Verse 33: Colossians 2:16-17
“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.”
The God of justice and mercy does not judge us by our outward appearances or actions, but rather by the state of our hearts. As we observe religious festivals and traditions during this Lenten season, let us remember that they are meant to draw us closer to God, not to earn His favor. May we focus on cultivating a heart of love and obedience towards Him instead of worrying about external expectations.
Verse 34: Isaiah 30:18
“And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.”
I hope you wait for him. As we wait for His timing and guidance, may we also reflect on His patience and mercy towards us. Let us trust in His perfect plan and seek to align ourselves with it, knowing that He is a God of mercy who will ultimately exalt those who wait upon Him. May our hearts be filled with gratitude for His grace and may we patiently await the fulfillment of His promises.
Verse 35: Psalm 130:5-6
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”
Sometimes we wait for blessings in our lives. And other times we wait for Christ’s return. But no matter what we are waiting for, may our souls find hope and peace in the Lord’s promises and His word. Let us wait patiently, with eager anticipation, knowing that His timing is perfect and He will fulfill His purposes for us. May our longing for Him be greater than any other desire in this world.
Verse 36: Joel 2:1-2
“Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; it is near. A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been before, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations.”
In due time, the Lord will return to judge the earth and establish His everlasting kingdom. As we wait for this day with both fear and hope, let us sound the alarm and spread the good news of His coming. May we prepare ourselves and others for His arrival, knowing that He will come in power and glory as a mighty army. Let us eagerly await His triumphant return.
Verse 37: 1 Corinthians 13:12
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.”
One day the mighty hand of God will have all the answers to our heart’s deepest questions. In the meantime, let us trust in Him and His ways, even when we do not fully understand. And as we wait for that perfect clarity, may our faith be strengthened and our hope renewed each day. For one day, we will see everything with the eyes of eternity and all things will make sense.
Verse 38: Luke 19:28-42
“After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
“Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
“When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voice for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
“Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.”
The spiritual growth we experience in our lives can often be compared to the journey Jesus took towards Jerusalem. As he approached the city, he sent two of his disciples ahead to find a colt for him to ride on. This shows his trust and authority over all things, even a small donkey that had never been ridden before.
Just as Jesus confidently rode into Jerusalem, we too must trust in our own journey towards personal growth and be willing to step into the unknown. And just like how Jesus wept over Jerusalem, we must also reflect on our own growth and acknowledge any missed opportunities for peace and understanding. But even if we stumble along the way, we can find comfort in knowing that our voices will be heard and celebrated by those around us.
Verse 39: 1 Peter 5:7
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
God cares for you deeply and wants you to find peace and comfort in Him. And when we feel overwhelmed or burdened by our struggles, we can turn to God and cast all our anxieties on Him. He will lift us up and guide us towards a path of humility, understanding, and peace.
Verse 40: Isaiah 60:1-2
“And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.”
Christ’s death and resurrection brought light into a world filled with darkness. And as believers, we are called to be a reflection of His glory, spreading love and light in a world that can often feel overwhelming and dark. Let us remember that through Christ, God’s glory shines upon us and we have the power to bring hope and light to those around us.
Verse 41: Jonah 2:9
“Salvation comes from the Lord.”
The salvation of the Lord is available to all who seek it. No matter our past mistakes or current struggles, God offers us forgiveness and eternal life through His Son. Let us humbly accept this gift of salvation and share it with others so that they too may find hope and redemption in Him.
Verse 42: Job 42:5-6
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”
Christ’s sacrifice on the cross allows us to have a personal relationship with God and truly see Him for who He is. When we experience His love, grace, and mercy firsthand, we are humbled and moved to repentance and greater spiritual discipline. Let us continually seek to know God more deeply and turn away from our old ways, choosing instead to walk in obedience and righteousness.
Verse 43: Psalm 51:12
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
During Jesus’ time on earth, He often spoke about joy and how it can only be found in Him. When we accept salvation through Christ, our hearts are filled with an unshakable joy that sustains us through life’s trials and challenges. Let us constantly seek to maintain this joy by staying connected to God and living in His will for our lives.
Verse 44: Acts 10:15
“And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.“
Jesus came to break down the barriers between people and bring unity through His love. As believers, we must also strive to see others as God sees them and treat everyone with love, respect, and acceptance. Let us not label or judge others based on worldly standards, but instead embrace our differences and celebrate the diversity within the body of Christ.
Verse 45: James 4:8
“Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
During one of your Lenten fasts, you may have given up a particular vice or sinful habit. But true purification of the heart goes beyond external actions; it requires us to examine and cleanse our thoughts, attitudes, and inner desires. Let us humble ourselves before God and allow Him to purify our hearts so that we may live fully surrendered to His will.
Verse 46: Psalm 30:5
“For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
No amount of good works or perfect behavior can earn us salvation. It is only through God’s grace and favor that we are saved. And when we face trials and troubles, let us remember that they are temporary and that God’s joy will come in the morning. As long as we have faith in Him, His love and mercy will sustain us through every dark night.
Verse 47: Isaiah 58:5
“Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the LORD?”
At the beginning of Lent, we may be quick to give up certain foods or activities as a form of fasting. However, God reminds us that true fasting involves much more than physical deprivation. It requires a sincere and humble heart, a turning away from sin, and a deepening of our relationship with Him. Let us not just go through the motions of Lent but truly fast in ways that please and honor God.
Verse 48: Matthew 6:6
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
This Lent season, let us make a conscious effort to spend more time in prayer with God. It doesn’t have to be grand or public, but it should be sincere and heartfelt. Whether it’s in a quiet room or on a walk in nature, let us carve out moments to connect with our Heavenly Father and seek His guidance, comfort, and strength.
Verse 49: Mark 7:19
“For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)”
There were certain wild animals that were considered unclean according to Jewish law. However, Jesus clarifies here that it is not what goes into our bodies that makes us unclean, but rather what comes out of our hearts. It’s our thoughts, intentions, and actions that truly reveal our spiritual state.
Verse 50: Mark 1:15
““The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!””
Verse 51: Acts 15:9
“He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.”
Verse 52: Luke 13:3
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
Verse 53: Daniel 9:3
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.”
Verse 54: Matthew 9:15
“And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
Verse 55: Ezekiel 18:21
“But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will.”
Verse 56: John 17:17
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
Verse 57: 2 Corinthians 6:2
“For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
Verse 58: Acts 26:20
“I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.”
Verse 59: Mark 7:7-9
“They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!”
Verse 60: John 1:1
“The Word Became Flesh – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Verse 61: Lamentations 3:25
“The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, To the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly Wait for the salvation of the LORD.”
Verse 62: Psalm 27:14
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
Verse 63: Isaiah 40:31
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Verse 64: Micah 7:7
“But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”
Verse 65: Romans 12:12
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”
Verse 66: Hosea 12:6
“Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.”
Verse 67: Matthew 6:33
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Verse 68: Galatians 5:5
“For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.”
Verse 69: Jeremiah 29:12
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
Verse 70: Psalm 62:5
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”
My prayer for you is you can find your favorite Lent Bible verse to meditate on this season. Whether you’re studying these verses on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, or any day in between, may they bring you comfort, strength, and a deeper understanding of the hope we have in Christ.
Allow the words of the Lord to guide you, give you strength, and fill you with hope. Remember to wait patiently on the Lord, for He will renew your strength and lead you to His perfect plan for your life.
May these verses be a source of encouragement and inspiration as you journey through Lent. Keep hoping in the Lord! God bless you.
Micah Klug is a wife, homeschooling mother to five children, and author. She teaches time-tested solutions to help parents remember what matters most in life, including strengthening their home, faith, and family relationships. To learn how a child who grew up in an authoritarian home is now creating an environment of peace and joy in her own home visit this page. If you want to contact Micah, send her an email here or email [email protected].