A Dangerous Prayer – “Disturb us Lord”
post by Daniel Kolenda on May 26th, 2010

I’ve just arrived in Singapore and very jet-lagged, but I thought I would quickly post this 15th century poem by Sir Francis Drake…a dangerous prayer to pray…

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.

Prayer of Francis Drake, 1577

 
 

6 Comments

  • Oh wow I had no idea this man of our history books had such a hunger for God. I intend to print this one out and read and reread it. His arriticulation has touched a chord of similar longing in me. I hear it echoing off deep places in my heart.

    1. avatar Daniel Kolenda says:

      Amen!

  • avatar Caleb Ho says:

    that’s right.. Disturb us Lord, that we will not be complacent with what You’ve given to us.

  • Where is the next crusade of Cfan?

  • Thanks Daniel! inspiring…
    coming to finland (where
    I live) sometime? :)

    Keep on going, brother!

  • avatar Steveriviere says:

    Powerful, dangerous, but vital …. Thank you very much to share this with us. Be blessed
    Steve

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