Full of the Power of Prayer: Daniel Nash
Charles Finney is a name you may be familiar with. He is known as the leading revivalist of the nineteenth century and is often referred to as "The Father of Modern Revivalism." Over half a million salvations have been attributed to His ministry. In comparison, very few people are familiar with the name Daniel Nash, despite the fact that much of Finney's success in ministry resulted from the influence of this powerful man of prayer. Nash's role was key. Weeks before Finney would travel to a certain area to preach the Gospel, Nash would go on ahead of Him, preparing the area to receive the Word of God. Nash would continue in prayer during the meetings. Finney said of Nash "He was full of the power of prayer."
Prayer laid the foundation for this dynamic duo and their powerful evangelistic ministry. In a letter, Nash wrote, "Our highest ambition was to go where there was neither a minister or reformation and try to look up the lost sheep, for whom no man cared. We began and the Lord prospered." This resonates with me, as I remember the words of Jesus, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost" (Luke 19:10 NIV).
As I mentioned in a previous post, lately, the burden to pray has rested heavily on my shoulders. In a span of one week, I have attended two worship services that have erupted into fervent prayer meetings for family members and friends who do not know Jesus or who do but have walked away from the faith. Reading up on Nash, I was amazed to read what Finney said of him:
"I was acquainted with an individual who used to keep a list of persons for whom he was especially concerned; and I have had the opportunity to know a multitude of persons, for whom he became thus interested, who were immediately converted. I have seen him pray for persons on his list when he was literally in an agony for them; and have sometimes known him call on some person to help him pray for such a one. I have known his mind to fasten thus on an individual of hardened, abandoned character, and who could not be reached in an ordinary way."
Prior to reading this, for the last month, I have prayed over a list of people daily. At times, I have literally cried over my list, feeling an overwhelming sense of compassion for these people that I adore. I know that this is something that God is doing in me and I am aware that a Spirit of fervent prayer is spreading throughout the church. I heard it said by Corey Russell, a well-known leader from IHOP Kansas City, that the Lord has impressed upon him that for every voice of awakening there will be seven voices of intercession that He raises up.
I am more than happy to one of those voices of intercession. Let's stand together in the place of prayer.
"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16