The Rest of The Way Posts

BUTTERFLY PRAYERS
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 by Leona Choy


Sometimes God wants to interrupt our customary prayer agenda by leading us to pray for someone or something else—perhaps a person or situation we haven’t even consciously thought about. Should we go with the impression or is it a distraction?

There are many ways of praying from formal and liturgical community prayer to personal, mental, and silent prayer. Even simply and informally lifting one’s spirit to God. All are valid ways of communicating with God.

The Holy Spirit is looking for people through whom He can pray. How awesome! He wants to literally pray through me! I shouldn’t restrict the Holy Spirit, but make myself available. Let Him rise up within me to pray to please Him.

Scripture tells us that the Spirit takes our simple prayer in Jesus’ Name directly to our Heavenly Father. In the process, the Spirit apparently has the liberty and authority to reshape my prayer to conform to the will of God—in case it may need some editing—because the Apostle Paul reminds us that “we really don't know how to pray as we ought to” (Romans 8:26-28).

Jesus said that one of the assignments of the Holy Spirit is “to bring things to our remembrance.” He may draw my thoughts here and there while I wait quietly listening to God. That is an exciting adventure! I call it “butterfly praying.” I allow Him to direct my prayers, like a butterfly, to light upon some specific person or need because God “knows the mind of the Spirit.” In fact, I may not even speak the prayer aloud. The Holy Spirit may just flash someone's name into my consciousness. 

What’s in a name? Everything! A name is a person’s unique identity on earth and also in heaven. I don’t think God has any problem sorting out the particular “John Smith” for whom I am praying from possibly thousands of John Smiths who are alive now or who lived in past centuries. When I simply mention a person's name or his need mentally in my spirit, I believe the Spirit runs ahead to bring my request properly formed to Father God in the Name of Jesus. 

The Holy Spirit knows precisely what God wants to happen in His Kingdom. So I want to be attentive to listen and respond to His leading. His creative ways are endless. My availability and obedience are the keys to unlock this process of prayer. I don’t have to be a super-spiritual person in order to sense the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Nor does it require some mystical experience, vision, or ecstasy. I qualify to receive His impression simply because I’m His child, one of His chosen ones through whom He wants to carry out His will and dispense His blessings to others. Jesus said, “My sheep know My voice and they follow Me” (John 10:4). With experience, I should become ever more sensitive to recognize and obey God’s voice.  

The Holy Spirit wants to “hover over” (Hebrew: rachaph), move upon, brood over, birth something, to release His power upon a person or situation. What a privilege to cooperate with Him! As His ready instrument, I need to keep my own spirit open so He can direct my prayer with laser accuracy precisely to His ordained target. Paul calls it “praying without ceasing.”

This is not a “mission impossible” or rigid obligation, but a step into the flowing river of God’s will to let His current take me to His destination. I should be “on-call” and attentive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings not only during my scheduled prayer time but throughout my day. Yes, even in my unaware state while sleeping. 

There are times of urgent need when we do persevere in prayer with intensity, passion, and fervency. However, I think I’ve discovered an additional little secret treasure that Paul tucked into his letters. Listen carefully: “[I] do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering [making mention, in other versions] you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:16). “For God is my witness…that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9). “We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers” (1 Thessalonians 1:2). Philemon 4 echoes that expression. The brief, momentary lifting of Paul’s spirit and mind to the Lord on someone’s behalf seemed to be one of his prayer habits. 

Mentioning in prayer is like a butterfly lightly flitting from one flower (person) to another and spiritually pollinating each with God's mercy and help and encouragement and healing. Like a butterfly, I can disperse God’s power and blessings around. 

“Mention” is defined as “referring to briefly, incidentally speaking someone’s name, calling someone or something to mind, remembering.” It comes from mnemoneuo in Greek. God is a mind reader and a heart monitor, He knows our intentions already as well as the needs of those for whom we pray. We don’t need to spend time rehearsing every detail to Him. The mere mention of a name, or visualizing someone’s face, or a thought crossing our minds is intercession—a form of mental prayer. The oral shaping of words into audible speech is only one of many ways of praying. We can speak to God silently with our hearts. We, in turn, can listen to Him speak to us in silence.

The repentant thief from his cross asked Jesus, “Remember me [mention me] when You come into Your Kingdom.” When I need someone’s prayers, the very best help I can ask of them is, “Please mention me to the Lord!

I thank God for my "butterfly praying" friends!
 


Comments

Dot From Dan At 7/21/2021 5:15:49 PM

Indeed! You keep producing and lifting us up and we thank you for every butterfly prayer or thought. God keep Leona fluttering!

Reply by: Leona Choy

Baby Dot, you do say some perceptive things on FB. Keep on being bold to speak out. At our age, let the chips fall where they may if God impresses us to speak some controversial Truth.

Jennifer Phillips From NJ At 7/21/2021 2:29:34 PM

Oh, Leona, this post is such a blessing. You perfectly put into words all manner of praying in ways I understand and so relate. Thank you. Such a beautiful post and one that I know I'll reread, and share, to absorb further and gain further understanding of the magnificence of our Lord in prayer.

Reply by: Leona Choy

Sweet friend, I must say I am not comfortable with your driving alone RT to Montana. It just isn't safe these days. You are such an attractive, classy lady and there is a wicked world out there. Why can't you fly? Driving is too stressful and energy-sapping. Please reconsider. Not worth the risk. Your life is too valuable. BDBuddy

Vicki Dorshorn From Baldwin City, Kansas At 7/21/2021 1:38:54 PM

Thank you, Leona, for such an inspiring blog about prayer, specifically "butterfly prayers." I hadn't thought of them that way. You brightened my day with your "butterflies." Blessings to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Reply by: Leona Choy

I have the feeling that our friendship is not just incidental, but there are more God- purposes behind it. Let's just go with the flow and God will reveal it gradually.

The Rest of The Way


Previous Posts

NEW PATHS AHEAD
Leona Choy
7/25/2021

“ALL” INCLUSIVE
Leona Choy
7/22/2021

BUTTERFLY PRAYERS
Leona Choy
7/20/2021

GOD'S FULLNESS OF TIME
Leona Choy
7/15/2021

WHAT'S THIS ABOUT MILLSTONES?
Leona Choy
7/9/2021

A BOOK YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT
Leona Choy
6/28/2021

A GROWING SENSE OF URGENCY
Leona Choy
6/2/2021

TRANSHUMANISM?! COMING--READY OR NOT?
Leona Choy
5/23/2021

Your Voice Matters
Leona Choy
5/15/2021

CHASING THE WIND?
Leona Choy
5/3/2021

TO SWEAT OR NOT TO SWEAT
Leona Choy
4/23/2021

A BRUSH OF ANGELS' WINGS
Leona
4/14/2021

IN THE WRONG/RIGHT PLACE AT THE WRONG/RIGHT TIME?
Leona Choy
4/3/2021

THROWING IN THE TOWEL?
Leona Choy
3/25/2021

STIFLE OURSELVES?
Leona
3/14/2021

A TARGET ON OUR BACK
Leona
3/6/2021

NEW BOOK ON THE WAY
Leona Choy
2/28/2021

PERSECUTION BY ASSOCIATION
Leona Choy
2/18/2021

MORE WISDOM FROM THE HEN HOUSE
Leona Choy
2/15/2021

A blog post EXTRA
Leona Choy
2/12/2021

LESSONS FROM THE BARNYARD
Leona Choy
2/8/2021

MY CHANGING "EARTH SUIT"
Leona Choy
2/3/2021

TIMES OF TROUBLE
Leona Choy
1/31/2021

PLAYING "KING OF THE HILL"
Leona Choy
1/27/2021

EBS: ALERT! “THIS IS A TEST”
Leona Choy
1/23/2021

SAGEBRUSH CHRISTIANS
Leona Choy
1/21/2021

THIS PRESENT DARKNESS
Leona Choy
1/12/2021

“LET FREEDOM RING!”
Leona Choy
1/11/2021

CONCERNING CLIMATE CHANGE
Leona choy
1/8/2021

NEITHER ROBOTS OR PUPPETS!
Leona Choy
1/4/2021

STILL CLIMBING NEW HILLS
Leona Choy
1/1/2021

ARCHI AND THE FINISH LINE
Leona Choy
12/29/2020

IT'S ALL ABOUT FOOTWEAR
Leona choy
12/26/2020

“STAR OF WONDER, STAR OF NIGHT...”
Leona
12/24/2020

UNSCRAMBLING SCRAMBLED EGGS
Leona Choy
12/22/2020

THE REVEAL!
Leona Choy
12/19/2020

[ in-foh-dem-ik ] INFODEMIC: WMD of 2020
Leona Choy
12/14/2020

RIP VAN WINKLE AND THE FIRST ELECTION
Leona Choy
12/7/2020

“BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!”
Leona Choy
11/30/2020

IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS
Leona Choy
11/27/2020

THE GRINCH (VIRUS) THAT STOLE THANKSGIVING
Leona Choy
11/23/2020

A THANKSGIVING STORY
Leona Choy
11/20/2020

FIXING YOUR EYES
Leona Choy
11/15/2020

LIVING THROUGH THE “NOT YET”
Leona Choy
11/12/2020

CARPE DIEM IN LOCKDOWN
Leona Choy
11/9/2020

EXTRA FOR ELECTION WEEK
Leona Choy
10/31/2020

ATTENTION: ALL FRETTERS!
Leona Choy
10/29/2020

HANDS OFF!
Leona Choy
10/26/2020

SEASONAL SPECTACULARS
Leona Choy
10/22/2020

THE LATE GREAT ELIMINATOR
Leona Choy
10/19/2020

RAINY DAY REMINDER
Leona Choy
10/17/2020

VIEW FROM THE HEAVENLIES
Leona Choy
10/15/2020

BEAUTIFUL DREAMER?
Leona Choy
10/12/2020

BUT IF HE DOESN'T?
Leona Choy
10/8/2020

READY OR NOT—HERE I COME!
Leona Choy
10/6/2020

A TESTED HELP
Leona Choy
10/5/2020

ENCHANTED GROUND?
Leona Choy
10/1/2020

BEAUTIFUL TOGETHER
Leona Choy
9/28/2020

OUR PREOCCUPATION WITH “SETI”
Leona Choy
9/24/2020

SHINE THROUGH ME
Leona Choy
9/21/2020

“THINGS TO COME...”
Leona Choy
9/17/2020

RIDING THE SHOCK WAVES
Leona Choy
9/14/2020

SLEEP WITH OUR CLOTHES ON
Leona Choy
9/10/2020

HOW DO YOU SMELL BY NOW?
Leona Choy
9/7/2020

"I AM NOT A ROBOT!”
Leona Choy
9/3/2020

PROLIFERATION OF DROPOUTS
Leona Choy
8/31/2020

MESSAGE FROM 8TH CENTURY B.C.
Leona choy
8/27/2020

BRIDGES TO SOMEWHERE
Leona Choy
8/24/2020

GET UP OFF THE FLOOR
Leona Choy
8/20/2020

"Under" the Circumstances?
Leona Choy
8/17/2020

TOO MUCH STUFF
Leona Choy
8/13/2020

Pacemakers and Pacesetters
Leona Choy
8/10/2020

Bug Out Bags and More
Leona Choy
8/6/2020

GIVE ME THIS DAY FRESH BREAD
Leona Choy
8/3/2020

FAMILY TREE HUGGERS
Leona Choy
7/30/2020

“WHO WERE YOU?”
Leona Choy
7/27/2020

WALKING WITH JESUS
Leona Choy
7/23/2020

WHAT DOES MY COVID JOURNEY LOOK LIKE?
Leona Choy
7/20/2020

HEARING VOICES
Leona Choy
7/16/2020

A TIME TO BE HELD
Leona Choy
7/13/2020

RUMBLE STRIPS AHEAD!
Leona Choy
7/9/2020

“WHATEVER IS LOVELY AND BRINGS PEACE...”
Leona Choy
7/7/2020

TO PLAN OR NOT TO PLAN
Leona choy
7/5/2020

MY OWN INDEPENDENCE DAY
Leona Choy
7/3/2020

WHAT'S OUT THERE?
Leona Choy
7/1/2020

“FULL OF SAP AND VERY GREEN”
Leona Choy
6/28/2020

SPIRITUAL ATHEROSCLEROSIS
Leona Choy
6/25/2020

JUST FOR FUN
Leona Choy
6/23/2020

WHO'S COUNTING?
Leona Choy
6/20/2020

PRAYER IS NOT FOR SISSIES
Leona Choy
6/18/2020

MY KITCHEN TIMER SPEAKS
Leona Choy
6/16/2020

SQUEAKING HINGES
Leona Choy
6/14/2020

“US WOMEN ON OUR OWN”
Leona Choy
6/12/2020

PREPARING AN ETERNAL “NEST”
Leona Choy
6/10/2020

TENDING TO MY CATERPILLARS AND COCOONS
Leona Choy
6/8/2020

STILL LEAPING UPSTREAM
Leona Choy
6/6/2020

POKING HOLES IN THE DARKNESS
Leona Choy
6/3/2020

ARE WE THERE YET?
Leona Choy
5/31/2020

NEW WINE-SKIN PEOPLE
Leona Choy
5/30/2020

EARTH SUIT vs SPACE SUIT: Increasing Tension
Leona Choy
5/29/2020

ONLY A CHAPTER
Leona Choy
5/28/2020

WOUNDED WARRIORS
Leona Choy
5/26/2020

WEARY OR JUST TIRED?
Leona Choy
5/24/2020

WEARING PAJAMAS IN COMBAT?
Leona Choy
5/22/2020

RETHINKING THE PREPPER MINDSET
Leona Choy
5/20/2020

THE INTRIGUE OF ISOLATION
Leona Choy
5/18/2020

CONTEST OF THE CONDIMENTS
Leona Choy
5/15/2020

THOUGHTS FOR US “VULNERABLES”
Leona Choy
5/13/2020

WHO WANTS TO PLAY STATUE?
Leona Choy
5/12/2020

BALCONY CONCERTS
Leona Choy
5/11/2020

GIANTS IN OUR FAMILY TREE
Leona Choy
5/8/2020

WHAT ABOUT THOSE GRASSHOPPERS?
Leona Choy
5/6/2020

METATHESIOPHOBIA!
Leona Choy
5/4/2020

WITHERED HANDS
Leona Choy
5/3/2020

WRITE A TIME CAPSULE
Leona Choy
5/1/2020

CASTING PRACTICE
Leona Choy
4/30/2020

MASKS
Leona Choy
4/29/2020

LAST STRAW?
Leona Choy
4/28/2020

MY SURVIVOR ASSIGNMENT
Leona Choy
4/25/2020

SEGUE TIME
Leona Choy
4/24/2020

SURE, I'LL PRAY FOR YOU
Leona Choy
4/23/2020

MEANWHILE, WE GROAN
Leona Choy
4/22/2020

PARABLE OF THE DISORDERED EGG
Leona choy
4/20/2020

CHANTING THE PSALMS—A “JOYFUL NOISE”
Leona Choy
4/19/2020

OUR GREEN ROOM/GREENHOUSE
Leona Choy
4/16/2020

PSALMS IN COLOR
Leona Choy
4/15/2020

TV WATCH AND PRAY
Leona Choy
4/14/2020

JUST PASSING BY?
Leona Choy
4/9/2020

A SAFE PLACE ON THE ROCK
Leona Choy
4/8/2020

GETTING A GOOD SHAKING
Leona Choy
4/7/2020

THE UPSIDE OF DOWNTIME
Leona Choy
4/6/2020

ANNOUNCING! PANDEMIC READ-A-THON!
Leona Choy
4/4/2020

GOD'S OBSESSION WITH FRUIT
Leona Choy
4/3/2020

BLOOMING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Leona Choy
4/2/2020

GRAY CLOUD FOLKS
Leona Choy
4/1/2020

END OF THE STORY
Leona Choy
3/31/2020

RAVENS DELIVERY SERVICE
Leona Choy
3/30/2020

CALAMITY COMFORT
Leona Choy
3/29/2020

A DESERT FABLE
Leona Choy
3/28/2020

A PERSONAL MESSAGE
Leona Choy
3/27/2020

SURFING THE PANDEMIC WAVES
Leona Choy
3/25/2020

HOW ARE YOUR “WITS” DOING?
Leona Choy
3/24/2020

FALLEN ROCKS
Leona Choy
3/23/2020

HUNKERING AT EAGLE SUMMIT
Leona Choy
3/21/2020

TENT DWELLING
Leona Choy
3/21/2020

A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE
Leona Choy
3/20/2020

HANDS ON THE PLOW
Leona Choy
3/19/2020

SUBMARINE LIVING
Leona Choy
3/18/2020

A NEW HAPPY DANCE
Leona Choy
3/17/2020

SOCIAL DISTANCING
Leona Choy
3/13/2020

THE RELUCTANT PILGRIM
Leona Choy
3/11/2020

THE MYSTERIOUS "SELAH" WORD
Leona Choy
3/9/2020

MY CLAP OFFERING
Leona Choy
3/8/2020

ONE DOLLAR DAFFODIL
Leona Choy
3/7/2020

BOUND BY AN INVISIBLE THREAD
Leona Choy
3/4/2020

NOT SILENCED
Leona Choy
2/26/2020

BEING OWLISH ABOUT WISDOM
Leona Choy
2/24/2020

"In the beginning..." before GOOGLE
Leona Choy
2/22/2020

PULLED FROM THE BRINK
Leona Choy
2/20/2020

APPLE OF HIS EYE
Leona Choy
2/9/2020

SINGING HER WAY HOME
Leona Choy
1/31/2020

EATIN' SHORTBREAD
Leona Choy
1/24/2020

PLATFORM, PODIUM, PULPIT OR PEDESTAL?
Leona Choy
1/17/2020

BUCKET LIST AGAIN?
Leona Choy
1/12/2020

IN SEARCH OF A MAKEOVER
Leona Choy
12/31/2019

SEASONAL SAG
Leona Choy
12/30/2019

THE MYSTERY OF TIME
Leona Choy
12/28/2019

2020 MY RENEWED EAGLE YEAR
Leona Choy
12/26/2019

Post Surgery Report
Leona Choy
12/3/2019

SURGERY ENCORE
Leona Choy
11/23/2019

“You Have the Right to Remain Silent”
Leona Choy
10/31/2019

WHO IS SHAKING MY TREE?
Leona Choy
10/30/2019

WHO IS THE BOSS OF ME?
Leona Choy
10/15/2019

LORD, MOVE MY MOUNTAIN!
Leona Choy
10/13/2019

ANOTHER WAITING ROOM
Leona Choy
10/11/2019

DON'T BE SHEEPISH
Leona Choy
10/10/2019

THE VALUE OF SELF-TALK
Leona Choy
9/28/2019

LASER PRAYER
Leona Choy
9/27/2019

THANKS FOR THE MEMORY
Leona Choy
9/12/2019

CARRY ME, FATHER
Leona Choy
9/5/2019

MY PERSONAL SPIRITUAL WORKOUT
Leona Choy
9/4/2019

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
Leona Choy
9/1/2019

Lessons from My Cup
Leona Choy
8/20/2019

STRAW & THE CAMEL'S BACK
Leona Choy
8/7/2019

BECOMING MORE "FRUITY"
Leona Choy
7/10/2019

CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS
Leona Choy
7/3/2019

PITCHING IT RIGHT
Leona Choy
6/30/2019

“WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP?”
Leona Choy
6/25/2019

34580 and COUNTING
Leona Choy
6/18/2019

MOUNTAINS AND MOLEHILLS
Leona Choy
6/14/2019

CHEERLEADING
Leona Choy
6/6/2019

HANDS ON THE PLOW
Leona Choy
5/22/2019

WAITING FOR GRADUATION DAY
Leona Choy
5/17/2019

I THINK BOOKS
Leona Choy
5/13/2019

ONLY TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL!
Leona Choy
5/4/2019

HO-HUM FAITH
Leona Choy
4/18/2019

BREATHTAKING THOUGHTS
Leona Choy
4/7/2019

TOO MUCH ON MY PLATE?
Leona Choy
3/31/2019

EARTH SUIT vs SPACE SUIT: Increasing Tension
Leona Choy
3/4/2019

AVOIDING A SPIRITUAL "OOPS!"
Leona Choy
3/1/2019

PURSUING WISDOM
Leona Choy
2/19/2019

A THORNY MATTER
Leona Choy
2/15/2019

A SOMEWHAT GRUMPY CHAT WITH GOD
Leona Choy
2/12/2019

A FISH STORY
Leona Choy
2/8/2019

LET'S EAT NOODLES TOGETHER!
Leona Choy
1/21/2019

SATISFIED--A SECRET TO SHARE
Leona Choy
1/11/2019

STILL RUNNING
Leona Choy
12/29/2018

RESISTANCE TO ASSISTANCE
Leona Choy
12/6/2018

CHALLENGE OF THE FOURTH QUARTER
Leona Choy
11/26/2018

KEEPING A TRADITION
Leona Choy
11/15/2018

PUBLISHING FUND PROGRESS
Leona Choy
11/5/2018

"GOING STEADY" WITH MY "SUGAR CANE"
Leona Choy
11/3/2018

A SHOUT-OUT FOR A NEW BUTTERFLY
Leona Choy
10/31/2018

THANKSGIVING IN OCTOBER
Leona Choy
10/7/2018

REPEAT OFFENDERS
Leona Choy
9/30/2018

SHINING WHEN YOUR BATTERY IS LOW
Leona Choy
9/21/2018

I DESERVE IT...DESERVE IT NOT....
Leona Choy
9/13/2018

WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Leona Choy
9/10/2018

WAITING FOR GOD'S DUE TIME
Leona Choy
9/3/2018

STONES AND COVERUPS AND HOLY EARS
Leona Choy
8/31/2018

IT'S ALL ABOUT SHOES
Leona Choy
8/29/2018

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY CELL TOWER
Leona Choy
8/27/2018

REJUVENATION GOD'S WAY
Leona Choy
8/17/2018

STUCK IN THE MUD?
Leona Choy
8/13/2018

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
Leona Choy
8/8/2018

WHEN'S A GOOD TIME TO "EXULT"?
Leona Choy
7/30/2018

Survey For the Calendar-Challenged
Leona Choy
7/25/2018

Destiny Decisions
Leona Choy
7/19/2018

BEDROOM SLIPPERS OR HIKING BOOTS?
Leona Choy
7/18/2018

Hurrah for the Prepper Bridesmaids!
Leona Choy
7/13/2018

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
Leona Choy
7/10/2018

BARNACLES
Leona Choy
6/5/2018