Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sir Francis Drake's Prayer (1577)

Disturb Us, Lord, When We are Too Pleased...

The form of a dove is seen in the morning clouds. I did not really see it until I looked at the picture after I snapped it. Funny thing, I'd been musing on a conversation I'd had a week before with a friend about being led by the Spirit.

This is the prayer of the famous navigator who bested the mighty Spanish Armada:

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.

Tomorrow many of us will begin a week of praying for our nation and our communities at 6:00am each morning. May the Lord show us Himself in a way we can't even begin to fathom.

A People of Prayer [click to read]

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