Daniel Nash: Prevailing Prince of Prayer by J. Paul Reno
This is a booklet(26 pages) published by Revival Literature that tells the story of Daniel Nash who lived in the backwoods of New York from 1775-1831. Nash was an obscure pastor of no prominence except in his behind-the- scenes prayer support for Charles Finney, the great evangelist who was a leader in the Great Awakening and who has been termed “The father of Modern Revivals.”
During his personal ministry, Nash was rejected by his church and an illness lead him to fervent prayer after which he left the pulpit ministry to devote himself completely to prayer. Soon afterwards Nash partnered with Finney and would travel beforehand to locations where Finney planned to preach in order to pray over the locale. The accounts of his fervent prayer labors are astounding. In prayer he often exhausted his body until he was given a peace in his spirit that the prayer work was done.
This book states that 80% of these converts “stood the test of time” and the author says that is connected to Nash’s fervent prayer work. He compares this to Moody, who didn’t have such prayer support and points out that 50% of Moody’s converts lasted. He goes on to state that a well known modern evangelist said that he would be glad if 20% of his converts stood the test of time. The author uses this as a call to all of us to be engaged in fervent prayer for conversion and revival.
Added by Karen Barber on August 3, 2011
Review: You can read this book in 30 minutes but it will change your whole perspective on the power and practice of intercessory prayer. One incident that stuck with me is that Nash and another prayer partner were in a boarding house praying in their room and the owner told Finney that there must be something terribly wrong with his friends because they hadn’t come down for meals for three days and when she glanced in the room they were flat on the floor, groaning. Finney assured her that this was normal – they were simply interceding fervently for the lost. It makes me stop and meditate upon about whether I engage in enough intense prayer. It also made me realize that there are so many things we all do in God’s Kingdom without seeking or engaging in the sort of prayer support necessary to bring the power of the Holy Spirit upon our work.