The desert has always been seen in Scripture as a place of purification, of proving. Moses spent 40 days and nights alone face to face with God on a desert mountain. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert. Jesus too spent 40 days in the desert, where he was tempted.
Forty Days to Change
Lord, we can’t change overnight,
nor do you expect us to.
You are patient with us,
and understanding of our reluctance.
But may these fort days of Lent
be for us a time of change for the better,
a time of renewal in our lives,
a time for a fresh understanding
of how much you love us,
of how you want us to come closer to you.
Lord, may I come nearer to you this Lent.
May my resolve to be better
not falter through lack of spirit.
May this Lent be the start
of something special in my life,
of something to renew me
at the very center of my being.
Lord, renew me in your love! Amen.
Source: From Fasting to Feasting, a prayer booklet by Fr. Patrick Sayles, SSC