[Column] The Butterfly Effect of Prayer

The Butterfly Effect of Prayer

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

There is the term “the butterfly effect.” In 1961, American meteorologist named Edward Lorenz discovered this concept while researching the climate. For instance, a butterfly flutters its wings and drops a pollen grain in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The grain falls on the back of a monkey and it rubs its back against a palm tree because it tickles. Soon a fruit from the tree falls and strikes a stone. The stone rolls down and hits a rock, which along with stone pieces eventually travels down the steep hill. The subsequent landslide blocks the stream of waters and the water gradually reaches a crater on the mountain. As a result, the pressure of volcanic gas builds up and the volcano erupts. The volcanic eruption brings about significant meteorological changes. This climate change affects the sky of New York and creates huge storm. In effect, the flutter of a little butterfly can hit tens of thousands of people living in New York.

Dr. Lorenz coined a term “the butterfly effect” to refer to this phenomenon. The butterfly effect can also be seen in our spiritual lives. “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase (Job 8:7).” Especially in our prayers, we must expect the butterfly effect. Colossians 4:2 calls us to “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” Regardless of our hardships, we must persevere with gratitude and pray while looking upon God who creates out of nothing.

In the late 1960’s, there was a woman who decided to commit suicide after her divorce. She eventually became a pastor and retreated into the mountain to pray. She cried to God in tears, “Father, I cannot live with out prayers. My husband has left me. I have no one to turn to but you, my lord, in my life.” In time, people’s heart fluttered with prayers. The butterfly effect ultimately took place and this place, Osanri fasting prayer mountain in Korea, has become one of the most well known prayer retreat centers in the world. The fasting and heartfelt prayers of a housewife revolutionized the spiritual climate of the world. Even when it seems as though God is not answering our prayers and nothing has changed in spite of our fervent prayers, you must believe in the progress of the butterfly effect by the invisible hands of God. The Scriptures tell us, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them (Mark 11:24).” Be grateful in all circumstances. Do not be discouraged in difficulties but persist in prayers. You will take center stage of the butterfly effect.

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  1. The butterfly effect can also be seen in our spiritual lives.

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