Fasting and prayer gave me superhero powers, and I know it can do the same for you.
Stick with me here…
Every since I was a kid, I was drawn to certain superheroes, like Wonder Woman (Google her), with those awesome bracelets, and that lasso, pa-kow!! I also, enjoyed the Wonder Twins’ ability to morph into water or any given animal. Yes, I went that far back?!
See, the thing that’s fascinating and incredible about every superhero, to me, is each one has their own extraordinary talent and superpower. There’s no such thing as identical superheroes?! –even the Wonder Twins weren’t identical! However, in many of the comics, there’s always this wacky obsessed villain hanging around that aspires to either duplicate or overcome the superheroes’ heroism.
For all the women out there, like me, that don’t mind admitting to their affinity with superheroes, and even for those of you who’d politely pass on the Hulk, and the likes of Wolverine, you might be intrigued to know that fasting and prayer could give you superhero powers too!
First up: What’s fasting and prayer?
Fasting and prayer are forms of spiritual formation, a fancy way of saying, ways to exercise your spirit to hear from God. The same way you’d walk on the treadmill to exercise your heart for better respiratory health, you’d exercise your spirit through fasting and prayer to be better in tune with yourself and God.
As you engage your spirit, your spiritual awareness increases. Not superhero enough for you?
Okay, don’t stop reading…
The combination of fasting and prayer can be quite powerful. Prayer is about humbling yourself to communicate with and listen to God. Fasting is about denying yourself something in order to open your spiritual ears (and heart) to hear what you might miss otherwise, in the hustle and bustle of life. For instance, the Daniel Fast is a very common fast, but should be done with medical consideration. Now, you don’t have to fast food, you could fast cell phone usage, caffeine, gossiping, social media, talking so much, not talking enough, television. You get it.
Next up: You may not leap tall buildings, but your senses will be sharpened considerably. Can anyone say, “Spiderman?”
Well, for the first few weeks of 2015, I was led to go into a time of fasting and prayer, which consisted of unplugging from all social media and plugging into myself, my heart, my thoughts and more importantly, God. I desperately needed to replenish, receive and reexamine: What’s next for 2015? What’s not for 2015?
Now, I’m well aware that the Scripture says in a nutshell, don’t brag or gloat when you fast, looking for attention or empathy (Matt. 6:18). Got it! That’s not what this blog post is about. It’s more about uplifting the crazy potent, supernatural impact fasting and prayer can have on one’s emotions, decisions, perspective and life.
When we shift our posture to tuning out the world in some way, to tuning into godly guidance and understanding, –miraculously, God obliges. Even when, it’s not what we had hoped to hear or see. You may disagree, but I think fasting and prayer is essential in this hustle hard or go home society we live in.
How else can you see the unseen? Can anyone say, “Professor X?”
Just so you know, as I unplugged from social media and prayed to God for guidance and understanding, I gained more courage, confidence, clarity, commitment and calm, but I also got correction! I know a lot, but I’m telling you, it’s amazing what you see when you sit still, and seek God. And, sometimes, fasting helps you build up the courage to see what you didn’t want to see. –Okay, still not “superhero” enough for you?!
Maya Angelou said, “Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
Courage is a really big deal! And, I don’t know about you, but I need lots of courage to believe, to write, to choose love over hate. It’s a definite superpower, that can help you close expired doors, and open expansive doors you’d never thought were possible. I’m sure, every superhero, has to have a certain level of courage to combat the ever-present evils that exist?!
Last up: Despite our best efforts, some evils will only come out by fasting and prayer.
You ever try to willpower your way out of temptation that’s been nagging at you for months or years?
When Jesus, told his disciples, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29).” He basically was letting them know that their mental or physical stamina ALONE wasn’t enough. They needed spiritual fortitude to heal the young boy that was suffering.
Many of us are like the disciples, trying our best to be better, strive and serve others in our own power and strength. But, if we don’t take the time to rest and refuel, and tap into the far-reaching superpowers of God’s Spirit, some resolve will never come about.
Did I like everything I heard from God during my time of fasting and prayer? Absolutely, not!
But, I needed resolve.
I needed to know the way to go, and what to let go, but I couldn’t hear God over all the voices on social media. I’ve also learned that seeking God can save a lot of time too! CHECK OUT, “How to Unwrap Your Gift of Life so You Don’t Waste Time.”
Maybe, you can identify with me? Despite the challenges that came with fasting and prayer, the superhero powers I gained, far surpassed any of my uncomfortableness.
Here’s a quick recap of the superhero powers I gained from my social media fast:
- Courage mysteriously convinces you to do what you’re fearful of doing.
- Confidence is belief in oneself, one’s abilities and one’s connection with the impeccable resourcefulness of God.
- Clarity is needed, and can narrows one’s focus and vision towards what’s purposeful, which can cut out a lot of unnecessary energy and efforts.
- Commitment is the act of engaging oneself. Love it! It’s a promise to see it through.
- Calm is related to stillness and peacefulness, regardless of the distractions or noise around you.
Can you see how fasting and prayer can increase the superpowers of self-awareness and spiritual awareness, amongst other things? I really think it’s superhero boo-yah stuff at it’s best!
What do you think?
Let me know how fasting and prayer has changed, enhanced or improved your life, leave a comment below.