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PREVAILING PRAYER


Daniel Nash and Charles Finney were great evangelists in the early 1800s. On one occasion, when meetings had begun in a particular city, a group of young men confronted Charles Finney, openly announcing that they were going to break up the meetings. Finney and Nash decided this was best combated with prayer, so they found a grove of trees and gave themselves to prayer until, in Finney's words, "We felt confident that no power which earth or Hell could interpose, would be allowed permanently to stop the revival."


That night, the group of young men arrived to find a packed house to hear Finney preach. And Daniel Nash, who was ordinarily a quiet man, was sitting on the back row. He stood and faced them with these words, "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 as certainly as the Lord is my God!" Having said that, Nash dropped to his seat, bowed his head and prayed.


Finney admited that he thought his friend had gone too far. Yet by the next Tuesday, the leader of the group suddenly showed up, and in tears and confession, and put his faith in Christ. Before the week was out, almost all of those young men were converted.


--Adapted from "Daniel Nash: Prevailing Prince of Prayer"

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