Yes prayer can move mountains. Don’t take that on my Word, but on the Word of the Lord; that is Jesus the Lord. He and His disciples were on route from Bethany to Jerusalem. They took a stop-off on the way to get some figs from a fig tree. Alas the fig tree had no figs and so the Lord cursed it and it died forthwith. The disciples were astonished that the tree had died so quickly
Upon this happening we read Jesus replied, ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig-tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.’ (Matt. 21:21-22). Yes our Lord really did say that.
I feel when someone is freshly saved they read this scripture with excitement about what God can do through genuine faith-filled prayer. Alas, as we mature and become more knowledgeable we tend to evacuate such scriptures of their power. We can say with greater or lesser legitimacy:
- Such prayer was in a certain dispensation
- Such prayer is only effective when our Lord is here
- Prayer must always be according to His will.
- All prayer must be in harmony with scripture.
- The Lord was speaking in hyperbole and we must understand it that way.
And we are left with a denuded scripture.
But let’s not be so easy to escape the changelessness and power of what the Lord said. Essentially believing prayer can move mountains into the sea. Believing prayer can achieve the impossible because believing prayer releases the all-conquering power of God into a situation.
So let’s get believing some things and praying them and expecting mountain, moving like answers. Yes God can save that indomitable unbelieving relative. He can becasue He is a mountain moving God. So what will you and I pray to this God?