Disturb Us, Lord!
I stumbled upon this prayer by Sir Francis Drake during the year of 1577, and it rocked my world! Though more than 4 centuries old, these words still ring truth and relevance today. May you and I be so disturbed that we are challenged to forsake ourselves for the sake of the Gospel.
In the words of Sir Francis Drake from 1577:
“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have 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 wider 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 into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.”