Jesus' forty days in the desert serve as a model for Lent. Detached from normal necessities, Jesus fasts, prays, and battles the devil. Our Lenten sacrifices help us to live more dependent on God, focusing on the “one thing necessary.” Fasting and self-denial give life and energy to the spirit. A generous and fruitful Lent takes insight and courage. The reward for our spiritual life is more than worth the effort.