Does Prayer Move Mountains?

My daughter and image3grandchildren have disappeared.

I wrote this line in a message to the Christian Communicators discussion group on Thursday, August 27.  My message went on to say the following:

I’m not sure how to explain this or what to tell you, but I mentioned a few weeks ago about my daughter dealing with some tough things after having kicked out her fiance.

She let him come back, he beat her up, and stole from her, but she wasn’t willing to press charges. In the midst of all of this my granddaughter missed the first three days of school. When my daughter took her in on the fourth day with no explanation for the absences, the school alerted social services who opened a case to investigate the situation.

The school called me on Tuesday to see if I knew where my granddaughter was. She has not been to school since Thursday.

The neighbors haven’t seen them since then either. I have the police looking for them, but they tell me it’s up to social services to determine if this should become a missing persons case.


I always wondered what the parents of a missing child do.  How do they cope with the hours and days of not image1knowing?

They explore every avenue and fight to find their child.  They don’t stop because that means giving up.

An entire week had passed without word of my daughter or grandchildren.  I imagined horrible things.  I didn’t know if my daughter had left of her own accord or if her fiance had returned with more violence.   Where were they?  Were they safe?   Were they even alive?

I reached out to Christian Communicators, a group of women speakers, with this message.  Our discussion board gives us a place to share triumphs, questions, and prayer requests.  As I knew they would, these women rallied around me.

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.  Matthew 18:20

AND this story has a miraculous ending.

image4At least once a year, Christian Communicators holds a new speakers conference.  At the time of my message, there were thirty-three women meeting for this conference. They learned of my daughter’s and grandchildren’s disappearance, and they immediately stopped everything and gathered in heartfelt prayer, praying for the safety and return of my daughter and grandchildren. Vonda and Carolyn, the founders of this group, called me afterward to tell me about the prayers. I cried as I learned of these thirty-three women, most of whom I’d never met, lifting some of the most precious people in my life up to the Lord.

Thirty minutes after they prayed, only THIRTY minutes, my daughter called me. She had been hiding out for a week at that point, so it’s a tribute to God’s love and the power of prayer that she suddenly decided to turn to me.

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.  Matthew 17:20

Hallelujah!  Prayer DOES move mountains.

As of August 28, the children have been living with my husband and me. We have temporary custody.

My daughter is struggling and moving along a dark path.  We still pray for her, but I’m comforted in the knowledge that God answered the prayers of thirty-three like-minded women and encouraged my daughter to bring my grandchildren to safety.

For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.  Psalm 27:5

I pray that she learns the truth of this verse in Psalms, that she need not face her troubles alone. I pray she will learn to trust in Him to provide her protection.


A special thanks to Naomi Shedd for taking photos of this miracle unfolding.


27 thoughts on “Does Prayer Move Mountains?

  1. Barbara, what a beautiful story of God’s answer to prayer and the love of strangers. I feel honored to be among the thirty-three who prayed that night, and so grateful that they were found safely. Bless you as you continue to care for your grandchildren!

  2. Beautiful, beautiful post that brings back the truth that Our God is Able! Just reading this took me back to those moments of crying out to the Father from a mama’s heart. Praise God for His protection and intervention! Thank you for sharing it.

      • Barbara, I’m so glad your precious grandchildren are safe with you now. I’m praying for Tish to allow the Lord to minister to her and to give her the peace she needs in her life. Thanks for being a godly example for your readers, your family and your friends. God bless you and give you the strength and good health needed to continue the journey He has placed in your heart to travel. Love and hugs, dear friend!

  3. Thank you for sharing this! What an amazing account of our God’s grace and mercy. And the power of prayer – it really can move mountains! Prayers that your daughter will find the path that leads to life and peace.

  4. An honor to pray and a blessing to witness the response. Prayed this morning for you and yours as I read this and remembered. God is faithful always.

  5. Barbara, thanks for sharing this encouraging answer to prayer. I know your heart is still burdened for your daughter, and I pray for breakthrough in her situation. But I’m so grateful that your grandchildren are safely with you.

  6. Thank you for encouraging us in prayer by sharing your story with us. I wept with you that night as my daughter battles the demons of darkness too. Know my heart is with you and prayers continue for you all.

  7. This is chilling, but a powerful testament to prayer and faith. I will keep you, your daughter and grandchildren in my prayers and that she will be able to break free of any obstacle holding her back from her loving family.

  8. I love your last quote from the Psalms. It gave me chills. I pray that God will cover your daughter and that her life will be filled with light again. Very powerful and moving testimony, this real and sad story touches me very deeply.

    • Irena, thank you for your prayers and your comments. The last verse is the one Adrienne suggested when I showed this to our group the other night. I think God moved in many ways to get this post published.

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