This past week I was reading a book that primarily centers on our life choices and how important it is to trust God and to take risks at His word to us, even if it seems counter-intuitive (That’s another another way of saying “scary.”) The premise is that every decision and choice we make sets the stage for our future this side of heaven and it affects our ability to step fully into our divine destiny in Christ Jesus. Thankfully, we get a lot of do-overs because of the Blood of Jesus and GRACE of God… And, He can turn even our biggest mistakes into huge victories, BUT at some point we need to make THE choice or choices, life changing decisions, that get us going on His chosen path for us.
In the middle of the chapter I am reading, the “butterfly effect” was mentioned. Now, I am not so sure I am a fan of Chaos Theory with which the term “butterfly effect” is connected, but I was grabbed by the statements of the scientist that published his findings regarding a weather model computer experiment he did back in 1961. It was his research that birthed the term butterfly effect. He had run a very successful multi-month weather model and decided to rerun it to check for accuracy. But, he made a choice to enter one number a little differently. Instead of using 0.506127 value as he had done in the original program he rounded it to 0.506 value thinking the change was so small it wouldn’t affect anything. He said he stepped away for a coffee break and when he came back he found that the weather model had change significantly. In fact, so much change occurred that by the end of the second month of predictions the computer had created new values nothing like the original model. His change to the computer model by rounding the number was so insignificant at face value that it was deemed no more than a “flap of a butterfly’s wing.” Yet, it dramatically changed the weather model.
As I thought about this I felt the presence of the Lord so strong and I heard “The Prayer Effect.” We have the ability to pray and it changes everything! Sometimes at face value it looks like we are going nowhere. No apparent answers, change or breakthrough is even hinted at. That is when we really need to keep flapping those butterfly wings spiritually speaking! It’s Vital for us all to keep praying, declaring and proclaiming God’s word. Every prayer we bring to God in faith, or don’t bring to God’s throne of grace, sets the stage for His answers and breakthroughs in our future, individually and collectively. Or, with no prayer, we are in for even more delay.
Remarkably in the supernatural world of Father God our prayers, or our prayerlessness, affects not only us, but others for whom we intercede. Whole cities, nations, regions, families, neighborhoods, ministries, and world systems are impacted by how much we value prayer. Prayerlessness does nothing; the model stays the same or even deteriorates. On the other hand, what we pray in our prayer closet causes a ripple effect in the spirit realms! It is beyond mind boggling to me the potential impact and long term effect of just one prayer a day, let alone dozens! No doubt that effect was what James was referring to when he stated that our effectual fervent prayers avail much. And John when he told us to pray in confidence because God hears us and He will answer.
So, brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, we are daily seeing “The Prayer Effect” in action. We are recipients of a grand supernatural “butterfly effect” as the Lord uses every word of praying saints to do marvelous things to advance His Kingdom through us and through our ministries! Holy Spirit is on the move creating magnificent changes and He is transforming the body of Christ person by person, heart by heart. If we will grab this, we can be positioned on the cutting edge of what Holy Spirit is doing in the earth! We can be recipients of the dramatic freeing changes coming upon all who serve the Lord Jesus Christ AND help pray the same freedom for others.
Whether you say a fervent one minute prayer daily over specific topics, people or a geographic location, or have one day a week when you can pray for a couple of hours, or any combo of time and prayer throughout the week, I hear the Lord saying: YOU are making a huge difference! What you may be seeing right now in your life or in the world does not indicate what the outcome will be! There are exciting NEW Things still to come!
Grab hold of the truth that what you pray, what you choose to do or not do, who you are in Christ Jesus has a marvelous impact for His Kingdom! Make a Butterfly Effect choice today. Become part of “The Prayer Effect” for the body of Christ and for our world! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Keep flapping those prayer wings!
JOY and Peace to you all,
Authored by Rev. Cheryl Birch
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Copyrighted 2019 Cheryl S. Birch
Shalom means to have favor, to be safe,happy, healthy, prosperous, restored: perfectly well and whole and at rest. It’s profoundly interesting to not that
the Hebrew symbols for Shalom actually say “the authority that destroys chaos.” It is an action word! It is something we can choose to be and choose to pursue and do in the power of God.
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This month Holy Spirit has been speaking to me steadily about our role as intercessors living in the “evil laden” atmosphere that we find ourselves in the USA and all over the world. More than ever intercession and standing for righteousness as a unified body of believers in Christ Jesus is needed! While I was praying in response to His words to me, I felt led to reread a portion of James Goll’s book The Lost Art of Intercession. Here’s what he says that really inspired me to take courage and press in even more persistently to the heart of the Father through Christ Jesus:
Oh, what a blessed gift and privilege is the holy thing call prayer! More than anything else, prayer is man’s invitation sent heavenward for God’s response to be cast earthward – the human in exchange for the heavenly!
(2 Chronicles 7:1-3) … We want to see God’s glory fill the earth. It will happen through exchange. Prayer ascends. Incense arises. Man’s smoke signal to his Highest Chief arises declaring, “Send forth the fire!” Heavenly fire from the altar comes crashing down and the glory of the Lord fills His house once again. What goes up must come down!
Yes! Indeed! What wonderful picture of our prayers going up to the throne of grace as a cloud of incense. In the Old Testament that incense is a fragrant mixture of fresh pine-like and cinnamon-like spices. A sweet smelling savor to our God. None the less, the phrases that really hit my heart weren’t that beautiful image but: “Oh, what a blessed gift and privilege is the holy thing called prayer” and “The human in exchange for the Heavenly” and “What goes up must come down”
Our prayers don’t stay on earth. They are a holy thing and they travel to heaven. And, they don’t stay in heaven forever. They get exchanged for heavenly answers! They are returned to earth mixed with fire from God’s altar. They crash through the barriers of sin and evil with thunders and lightning and loud noises in the spirit realms and WHAM! Our prayers are answered supernaturally. We never know when or how the answer will come. That is up to our God. But, the answer will come down! We get a heavenly exchange with interest!
So, keep praying for your family and sphere of influence,for your city, state and nation, and for each other. It is a blessed gift and privilege to pray and talk to God. It is a privilege to stand as light in the darkness interceding for folks in need, whatever that need may be. Know that what you pray smells really really really good to God and suddenly it will smell so good to Him that the answers will come crashing to earth at just the right moment in time to fulfill His perfect will and plans.
As I was reading Romans 11 and 12 and meditating on the amazing picture of our intercession crashing back to earth, I was inspired to record another blessing prayer for the body of Christ. You can find the recording on my Semon.net station by clicking HERE.
Know that you, the Body of Christ, are all always in my prayers!
With love, joy and peace to you,
Seems that the enemy is working overtime right now to discourage the body of Christ. Especially those who pray. This seems to be on the increase here in the USA. Because of that increased pressure to give up, I felt led today to share with you this simple statement that I have posted in my office and on a plaque in my entryway: Never, Never, Never Give Up! When I feel like life is too much or situations have drained the heart of prayer right out of me, I look to heaven and declare those 5 words starting with “Lord, I will.” Yup, like Winston Churchill who admonished a nation with that phrase, I admonish myself with “Lord, I will never, never, never give up!” It’s amazing the flood of strength and resolve that always pours out from the heart of God when I make that simple declaration.
Keep lifting up what God puts on your hearts and keep praying for one another! Suddenly those prayers will reenter earth’s atmosphere as powerful answered prayer and we will be amazed at what our Glorious God has done!!
In closing, check out the strengthening and blessing prayer from 1 Peter that I recorded for you and the body of Christ this month: Strengthening Prayer. Return to this link any time you need a prayer boost! And, it can be shared with others if you wish.
Been concerned in prayer over an increase in the spirit realms of witchcraft opposition especially toward those who pray and intercede. Just a reminder, Intercessors, that between the vernal equinox and October 31st there is always a surge in witchcraft. While we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles and head for Reformation Day, the enemy becomes intensely active. He hates Reformation Day and he hates it when we celebrate with JOY our Lord’s indwelling presence in the tabernacle of our heart.
This year the stirring of resistance to the body of Christ is more than ever. Opposition is stronger in part because too many in the body of Christ have entered into agreement with the enemy. The negativity, cursing, complaining and hatred that is dividing our nation has sadly invaded the church. While we are to recognize issues of injustice and evil and PRAY – it is NOT to be with negativity. We should be releasing the love of God, blessing and not cursing, speaking the solutions not the problems, speaking words of life and not death.
The GOOD NEWS is that our Lord and King is far more powerful than anything the enemy can release. If we will repent of negativity and agree with God, we will see victory! Join me in blessing prayer… It power packed! Let’s declare GOD’s WORD, allow Holy Spirit to pray through us the plans of the Father for our nation and what Jesus is interceding for at the throne of grace.
Let’s Fight evil with good!! We can and will see magnificent changes, if we stay the course set by our Lord and Savior… that is a course of loving even our enemies. Yes,do pray with mercy for those releasing witchcraft. Ask for their salvations and bless them with healing and deliverance.
Choose LOVE’s way and Keep up the GOOD fight God’s way!
With JOY in our Lord,