Lent is a season of preparation leading to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter. It’s forty days long, not counting Sundays since every Sunday is a little Easter.
Many people give up something for Lent. (dessert, alcohol, bread, smoking, candy, meat, cursing, gambling, etc.) They fast a certain food or habit in remembrance of Jesus’ forty-day fast at the beginning of his ministry. Some folks use this fast to jumpstart a permanent fast of an unhealthy habit.
Other folks choose to start a holy or wholesome habit for Lent. (prayer, charitable giving, service to others, stillness, sabbath, fasting, regular worship attendance, etc.)
If you aren’t already reading scripture on a regular basis, I encourage you to chose this holy habit for Lent with the hopes it will become a regular part of your life.
Below you’ll find a Bible Reading Plan for Lent based on the Gospel of Matthew. It contains 30 Lenten readings (5 per week for 6 weeks starting on the first Sunday of Lent) plus 10 Easter readings about Jesus’ post-resurrection encounters. (5 per week for 2 weeks). These readings fit nicely in a two-month grouping.
I hope the reading plan is helpful for you. I’d love to hear how you’re using it. – Lisa <><
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CLICK HERE for a PDF of the reading plan suitable for printing.
Use these prompts as you read each Scripture.
ATTENTION: Read or listen to the Scripture. What word, phrase or verse captures your attention? Underline it or copy it onto a piece of paper.
CONNECTION: What connections do you see to other scriptures? To your own experience or current situation? To the character or promises of God?
ACTION: What is God inviting you to say or do? How will your life be different because of this scripture?
PRAY: Talk to God about what you just experienced or anything else on your heart.
Week 1 of Lent: March 1 – March 7
- Matthew 1
- Matthew 2
- Matthew 3
- Matthew 4
- Matthew 5
Week 2 of Lent: March 8 – March 14
- Matthew 6
- Matthew 7
- Matthew 8
- Matthew 9
- Matthew 10
Week 3 of Lent: March 15 – March 21
- Matthew 11
- Matthew 12
- Matthew 13
- Matthew 14
- Matthew 15
Week 4 of Lent: March 22 – March 28
- Matthew 16
- Matthew 17
- Matthew 18
- Matthew 19
- Matthew 20
Week 5 of Lent: March 29 – April 4
- Matthew 21
- Matthew 22
- Matthew 23
- Matthew 24
- Matthew 25
Holy Week: April 5 – April 11
- Matthew 26:1-35
- Matthew 26:36-56
- Matthew 26:57-75
- Matthew 27:1-31
- Matthew 27:32-66
Week 1 of Easter: April 12 – April 18
- John 20:1-18
- John 20:19-31
- John 21:1-14
- John 21:15-25
- Mark 16
Week 2 of Easter: April 19 – April 25
- Luke 24:1-12
- Luke 24:13-35
- Luke 24:36-53
- Matthew 28:1-10
- Matthew 28:11-20
A Bible Reading Plan for Lent, based on the Gospel of Matthew
© 2020 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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