Whyte House Family Spoken Novels #283: I Know What Prayer Can Do Chapter 13

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #283. Today we are reading chapter 13 of the novel “I Know What Prayer Can Do” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.


Grandma Clara called her son immediately after saying goodbye to her daughter-in-law.

“Eric, you messed up big time. I just spoke with Kiera and she told me that you ran off with the children.”

“Mama, I told you not to talk with her because all she’s going to do is lie to you and put stuff in your head. Why would I run off with my own children? I have equal time with them as she does.”

“Well, you did run off with them. Kiera told me you both have been separated for some months now and that you were supposed to have brought them back to her Sunday evening after having them for the weekend and you never showed up, and neither did you call her,” Clara said. “She also told me she stopped by your place and you did not answer the door because you were not there. Of course you couldn’t be there because you were on your way up here with the children. Exactly, what’s going on?”

“Look, Mama, I brought the children here to stay with you until things got straightened out between Kiera and me. Things are very unstable — ”

“I have no problem keeping my grandchildren while you two do what you need to do, but I do have a problem with how you’re going about doing it. Son, that is kidnapping.”

“They’re my children!” Eric said.

“No. They’re both your children. I just hope she didn’t call the police — yet.”

“Did she mention anything about calling them?” Eric asked.

“No, she didn’t.”

Eric sighed a sigh of relief. “Mama, I really need for you to keep them for me.”

“Where are you anyway?” his mother asked.

“I’m headed back home to take care of a few things.”

“For how long? And then what?”

“I’m not sure how long.”

“Okay,” his mother said. “One other thing: Kiera told me she’s going through with the divorce but you are using the children to force her to stay in the marriage. I’m disappointed in you, son.”

“I’m not using the children to keep her. Any good father would want to spend time with his children no matter how rough things may be between him and his wife.”

“I rest my case,” his mother said. “But I will tell you this: You try to control a person in a forceful way, you’ll never get their heart nor their affection.”


Leyton Patterson passed on the newly acquired information to Tucker Gravlin.

“I’m almost at the hotel. It’s not too far from the grandmother’s house. I’ll shower, grab a bite to eat, touch base with the police chief here in Virginia, then swing by Grandma’s. Did Kiera try calling her husband to try to get him to tell her where he and the children are — you know, just to get him to say it with his own mouth?”

“No. We told her not to call him. We’ll work with what we have and see how successful that turns out,” Patterson said. “Do you still have the house address?”

“It’s right here in my briefcase.”

“I’ll go ahead and call the police chief to let him know you’ll be there soon and give him an update. Keep me posted.”

“You betcha,” Gravlin said.

After about three hours, Gravlin and Officer Goodlee from the Richmond, Virginia, south police precinct were knocking on Clara’s front door. She was surprised to see them there so soon, even though she expected them to show up any day. Mariadas and the children were playing in the backyard.

“Yes, come on inside, officers,” she said after they stated their purpose for stopping by. “I was kind of expecting you. The children are here, as well as the lady who’s been helping to take care of them. I had no idea what was going on. My son stopped by without letting me know he was coming with the children, which he normally does not do; they’ve always called ahead whenever they visit to make sure I am home. I knew they were having marital problems, but I did not know it had escalated this much. Things did not seem right when he spoke with me and when I asked him about his wife he seemed kind of evasive so I called Kiera and she told me everything. I told my son the police are going to come searching for him because he actually kidnapped his children.”

“Where’s your son now?” Gravlin asked.

“He told me he was headed back home to take care of a few things,” Clara said. “What will happen to my grand-babies now?”

“We’ll have to take them into our care and return them to their mother,” Officer Goodlee said.

“Can they please stay here with me until you get in touch with their mother? I haven’t seen them in a while, and this is their first day here. You have my word: I won’t hide them. I learned early in life to respect the law. In fact, I’ll go call their mother right now.”

“That’s fine with us, but let me make some phone calls first. And I’ll speak with their mother first,” Gravlin said.

Gravlin placed a call to Leyton Patterson and to the chief of police in Richmond before he called Kiera.


When Eric Gilard got to his apartment the police were waiting for him. They were parked a few car lengths up and across the street from his designated parking space in front of his apartment. He looked around nervously before climbing out of his vehicle. He hurried into his apartment using the hallway entrance. Eric glanced furtively through the bedroom curtains, but saw no movement outside. He decided to catch a quick nap before taking a shower and touching base with Tony. He was awakened by rapid knocking on the door.

“Yeah, who is it?” he said stumbling to the door.

“Open up. Police.”

“What for?”

“We’re here to speak with Eric Gilard.”

Eric threw on his shirt and shoes. Picking up his keys he went into the living room where he quietly unlatched the glass sliding door, and slid the door open just enough for him to slip through. As he was pulling the door shut a pair of hands grabbed him by the shoulders.

“Going somewhere, Mr. Gilard?”

Eric swung around and pushed the police officer aside. Unaware that there was a second officer, he attempted to make a dash to his car. The second officer stuck out one of his legs causing Eric to trip and pitch forward. They quickly pinned him to the ground and snapped a pair of handcuffs around his wrists.

“You’re under arrest for the kidnapping of two children.”

“I don’t have them,” Eric said as the officers dragged him to his feet amidst his squirming.

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law,” one of the officers said as they led him to the police car.

Mr. Ramadin observed from his upstairs balcony.


Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family stories. You may purchase a copy of this novel and any other Christian fiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com.

Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

May God bless you until next time.