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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2006 10:04:25 -0600
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"Father NASH"
-(author unknown)

In the battlefields of the spiritual world the true heroes are often 
unseen by the world. These are the ones often touched by heaven, 
who breathe the rarified air of the secret place of the Most High. Such 
a one was Father Nash a partner to the much better known evangelist 
Charles Finney during the Second Great Awakening.

Daniel Nash started as a preacher in upstate New York. His record there 
is singularly unremarkable. At age 48 he decided to give himself 
totally to prayer for Finney's meetings. Nash would come quietly into 
towns three or four weeks in advance of a meeting, gather three or four 
other like minded Christians with him and in a rented room start 
praying and bringing heaven near. It is reported that in one town all 
he could find was a dank, dark cellar, but that place was soon 
illumined with holy light as he made in the place of intercession. In 
another place as Finney relates:

When I got to town to start a revival a lady contacted me who ran a 
boarding house. She said, "Brother Finney, do you know a Father Nash? 
He and two other men have been at my boarding house for the last three 
days, but they haven't eaten a bite of food. I opened the door and 
peeped in at them because I could hear them groaning, and I saw them 
down on their faces. They have been this way for three days, lying 
prostrate on the floor and groaning. I thought something awful must 
have happened to them. I was afraid to go in and I didn't know what to 
do. Would you please come see about them?"

"No it isn't necessary," I replied. "They just have a spirit of travail 
in prayer."

When the public meetings started Father Nash would not usually attend 
but kept praying in his closet for the convicting power of the Holy 
Spirit to fall on the crowd and melt their hearts. When opposition 
arose Father Nash would pray all the harder.

Once a group of young men promised to break up the meetings. Nash was 
praying nearby and came out of the shadows to announce: "Now mark me, 
young men! God will break your ranks in less than one week, either by 
converting some of you, or by sending some of you to hell. He will do 
this certainly as the Lord is my God!"

Finney thought his friend had lost his sense. But by next Tuesday 
morning the leader of the group suddenly showed up, confessed his 
sinful attitude before Finney and accepted Christ. "What shall I do Mr. 
Finney?" he asked. Finney told him to go back to his companions and 
tell them how Christ had changed his life. Before that week was out 
nearly all of the original group had come to Christ.

In 1826 both Finney and Nash were burnt in effigy. The enemy recognized 
the threat of Father Nash's prayers to their ways of wickedness.

Shortly before Nash died in 1831 he wrote:

I am now convinced, it is my duty and privilege, and the duty of every 
other Christian, to pray for as much of the Holy Spirit as came down on 
the day of Pentecost, and a great deal more?.My body is in pain, but I 
am happy in my God?..I have only just begun to understand what Jesus 
meant when he said, "All things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, 
believing, ye shall receive."

It is interesting to note that within four months of Father Nash's 
death Finney left the evangelistic field to take a Church in New York 
City. His prayer partner in taking the enemy by storm was gone. He 
whose prayers had been the strength of the campaigns was now in his 
eternal home and the loss of power was felt.

Father Nash's grave in a neglected cemetery almost on the border of 
Canada in northern New York. The tombstone reads.

Daniel NASH

Laborer with Finney

Mighty in Prayer

Nov. 17, 1775 - Dec. 20, 1831

Daniel Nash was not written up in the papers of the day. The elite of 
his day took no notice of him. There was notice in Heaven of this 
humble man. Like Paul, the demons knew him by reputation. In his heart 
dwelt fully the burning Spirit of God. Great is his reward in Heaven.

People of God, can we do any less that to burn with such a passion to 
see God's Kingdom advanced!

SOURCE ~ http://www.evanwiggs.com/revival/portrait/nash.html