Lent is a season of preparation for experiencing Easter, and it is characterized by a spirit of self-examination and repentance.
It isn’t uncommon for a Christian to give up something for the season of Lent as a natural aid and reminder to spiritual growth. Some Christians pick a day on which to fast from food. The time that normally would have been spent in preparing and eating meals, is spent instead in prayer and Bible study, and over the course of the day the feeling of hunger is a natural reminder to pray.
These “Lenten Disciplines” are best done voluntarily and with a heart that desires to grow closer to God, rather than out of a sense of legalism.