Disturb us, Lord.

I stumbled on this prayer by Sir Francis Drake on this blog. This was Drake’s prayer before circumnavigating the globe, but I hope it is a prayer I learn to pray more often. I pray that I am not satisfied with normal or adequate things. I pray that I strive for Kingdom things, unimaginable things, greater things. It’s hard to always want God when wanting him doesn’t come without pain. It’s easy for me to think that because I have chosen a life with God, it should be an easier life — free of pain and heartache and brokenness. But as I grow in my faith, I learn that though life with God is not easy, it is beautiful, and fulfilling, and good.

By Sir Francis Drake:

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when,
with the abundance of things we possess,
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And, in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.


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