Daniel Nash 1775-1831 – Prayer Warrior for Charles Finney

by J Paul Reno

Daniel Nash – Labored With Finney & Mighty In Prayer

Daniel Nash (1775-1831) served as Charles Finney’s personnel intercessor.

He was key to the revival that followed Finney’s ministry. We can all look at the life of Daniel Nash and see an example of how important prayer is to see the kingdom of God revealed. From “Daniel Nash: Prevailing Prince of Prayer” When God would direct where a meeting was to be held, Father Nash would slip quietly into town and seek to get two or three people to enter into a covenant of prayer with him. Sometimes he had with him a man of similar prayer ministry, Abel Clary. Together they would begin to pray fervently for God to move in the community.

One record of such is told by Leonard Ravenhill: “I met an old lady who told me a story about Charles Finney that has challenged me over the years. Finney went to Bolton to minister, but before he began, two men knocked on the door of her humble cottage, wanting lodging. The poor woman looked amazed, for she had no extra accommodations. Finally, for about twenty-five cents a week, the two men, none other than Fathers Nash and Clary, rented a dark and damp cellar for the period of the Finney meetings (at least two weeks), and there in that self-chosen cell, those prayer partners battled the forces of darkness.”

Another record tells: “On one occasion 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,’ Finney replied. ‘They just have a spirit of travail in prayer.'”

Another states: “Charles Finney so realized the need of God’s working in all his service that he was wont to send godly Father Nash on in advance to pray down the power of God into the meetings which he was about to hold.” Not only did Nash prepare the communities for preaching, but he also continued in prayer during the meetings. “Often Nash would not attend meetings, and while Finney was preaching Nash was praying for the Spirit’s outpouring upon him. Finney stated, ‘I did the preaching altogether, and brother Nash gave himself up almost continually to prayer.’ Often while the evangelist preached to the multitudes, Nash in some adjoining house would be upon his face in an agony of prayer, and God answered in the marvels of His grace. With all due credit to Mr. Finney for what was done, it was the praying men who held the ropes. The tears they shed, the groans they uttered are written in the book of the chronicles of the things of God.”

Read the story of Daniel Nash – Prevailing Prince of Prayer, by J Paul Reno


  1. My spirit is steared up, Lord make me another Father Nash and Papa Charles Finney for your glory alone. Am hungry for this. Friends please pray for me.

  2. Pingback: MEMORIAL STONES – Revive Us, Oh God

  3. My heart is broken, O Lord I consecrate my life to you. May you count on me in the ministry of prayer.

  4. I have loved to read about this great mentor of mine. I desired and trusting God to be a vessel of value in this end time.

  5. Christ lives a life of intercession at the right hand of the Father.

  6. In my early walk with Jesus, I came into contact with this sweet soul,the flame of revival ignited my heart. In my home land Zambia, God is pouring out this grace of prayer again

  7. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Taking the time and actual effort
    to produce a great article… but what can I say…
    I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

  8. I so much hunger for this great ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ (Intercessor). In Luke chapter 17, Jesus prayed v. 20 precisely He said that “I am not praying just for the Followers but for everyone else who will have faith because of what the disciples will say about me”. Moses also have the same ministry where he interceded for the people of Israel in Exodus 32:30-33 that is “Heart of Intercessor”. I pray for more grace and strength from the Lord for me to stand. Also to every true child of God. May God help us to be faithful to Him. Amen!

  9. The artwork you used on your page is not a picture of the Daniel Nash who was related to the Finney story, but rather, of an Episcopal Priest named Daniel Nash, who primarily served in Cooperstown, NY during the same period. (That’s why he is wearing Episcopal garb) Ironically, they both hailed from the same part of Massachusetts and married women named Olive. The Episcopal Nash’s wife was Olive Lusk, and the prayer warrior’s wife’s name was Olive Poole. This mistake is perpetuated on most of the genealogy websites.

  10. September 22, 2017
    Rev. Elijah Peters

    Lord make me a Father Nash of my generation for Your Glory!

  11. Hmmm! what a selfless sacrifice, Oh Lord give me such Burdens and hunger.


  13. When we say ‘not I but Christ’, ‘i am not of my own..’ and ‘i have been crucified with Christ……’. When nothing matters to us but Jesus and our union with Him…..Then we can live in the power of Prayer…..Thank you Lord for all those who died to give us the Gospel.

  14. Father Daniel Nash you have left an indelible imprint in the history of Christianity by the power of the Holy Ghost.You are a praying missiles and I pray that we shall keep the prayer flame burning till Jesus Christ Comes

  15. Pst Solomon

    This was God at work through men that gave themselves to God.
    May God visite us as in time of old. Amen.


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.