Francis Drake’s Prayer

July 9, 2012

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The following prayer is what I would label as a “disciple’s” prayer for himself and for those he is seeking to disciple.

“A Disciple’s Prayer”

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
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 storm 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 us in the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.
Amen

This prayer was found in Francis Drake’s ship diary. He was one of England’s most famous sailor and explorers. This comes via way of my good friend, Bob Bumgarner.

What prayer are you praying for yourself and for those you lead?

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