Question: Where is the observance of Lent taught in the Bible? Chapter and verse, please.
Answer: We have no record in the Bible, anywhere, where the Apostles, Disciples, or any Christians ever observed Lent. It is a tradition, devised by man, evidently taken from Christ’s fasting for forty days and forty nights, as given in Matthew 4:2. I have never seen anyone yet who has gone forty days and forty nights without eating, as did Christ!
Lent is nothing more than another tradition to make people feel good about themselves, just as the Jews did with their traditions. In Mark 7:7, Jesus Christ rebuked the Jews for their traditions.
"Howbeit in vain ("emptiness") do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
In Verse 9, Christ further states that,
"Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
Tradition says that Ash Wednesday starts the Lenten Season. There are many variations, according to culture. The pastor, or priest, is supposed to take the ashes from the burning of last year’s palm branches and place some on the forehead of the person in the sign of a cross. Then, he supposedly blesses the person. You will find nothing in God’s Word to support this practice.
The Christian is supposed to be a testimony and witness for Christ every day of the year. Spreading the Gospel is not done by giving up something for a few days, or putting ashes on your forehead; but, by speaking to others about Christ.
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." - Romans 10:17
"For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, we had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward." - 2 Corinthians 1:12
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.- Colossians 2:8