“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27) Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27 NKJV).
What is an intercessor? This is not a term used much anymore. The definition is: A person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayer. When I was younger, being raised in the Church, it was not uncommon for the older saints, to pray all night long. Their calling was to be a prayer warrior. To lift the needs of the Church, Community, and the World, before the throne of God. This is one of the keys to revival. We often hear about the Church, desiring a move of God. But how many are willing to pay the price of intercession?
One of the most profound stories in Church history, is the Ministry of Charles Grandison Finney, (August 29, 1792 – August 16, 1875). He was instrumental in the second Great Awakening, in the United States. Finney, has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism. He was best known as an innovative revivalist during the period 1825–1835, in upstate New York and Manhattan. When Charles Finney came calling, the WHOLE TOWN was changed, because of revival. As effective as he was, Finney had a secret weapon. An intercessor, by the name of Daniel Nash.
Father Nash, (1775-1831), as he was affectionately known, was a personal intercessor for Charles Finney. When God would direct where a meeting was to be held, Father Nash would slip quietly into town. There, he would seek to get two or three people to enter into a covenant of prayer with him. Together they would begin to pray fervently for God to move in the community.
Here are a few eyewitness accounts: *”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.”*
Daniel Nash, was only with Charles Finney for seven years, until his death. But he was a powerful force of intercession, that made an impact on the revivals of Charles Finney.
Don’t think you have to be in the pulpit ministry, to be effective. Daniel Nash, proved that intercessory prayer, is a powerful tool, that anyone who is willing can do. I know the law of the spoils. When Charles Finney is called up by Jesus, to get his rewards, Daniel Nash, will be right by his side, getting an equal share!
I am an example of a praying mother, who never gave up on me. My life had been spared on many of occasions, because of her prayers of intercession. Let us step up, and awaken the gift of intercession, in our Churches. When we do, REVIVAL will soon follow.
I pray this has been a wake up call for many, to stir up the gifts that have become dormant in our lives. CHRIS
*This is an excerpt from an article: https://www.hopefaithprayer.com/prayer-warrior-charles-finney/