Part of our Lent Sunday School lessons for kids. Explain the meaning of lent to children.
Read or summarize Matthew 4:1-11.
Ask students, How many of you have heard of Lent?
What is Lent?
Lent is the 40 days before Easter, and it starts with Ash Wednesday.
Have any of you heard of someone giving something up for Lent? What kinds of things have you heard of?
Other times, instead of giving something up for Lent, people will try to do something good every day for Lent.
They either give something up for the 40 days of Lent or they try to add something that they're doing for the 40 days of Lent.
Why do you think people do that?
people give something up, or add something, it reminds them of the 40
days Jesus fasted in the desert. Jesus fasted - He didn't eat - for 40
days. So people give something up, or add something for 40 days to be
And do you know why Jesus fasted for 40 days?
was using that time to get ready to start teaching people. He was
focusing on God so that when those 40 days were over, He would be ready
to start doing what God wanted Him to do.
why we celebrate Lent too. We do something special during Lent, like
giving something up or adding something good to our day, to show that
we're getting ready to be used more fully by God. We're focusing on God
for those 40 days so that we can better learn to do what He wants us to
Let's pray about that.
prayer: Father God, we thank You for Jesus' example of how He spent 40
days focusing on You and getting ready to do the mission You gave Him.
We pray that You would help us to especially focus on You during these
40 days of Lent so that we'll be ready to serve You better and do
whatever work You have for us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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