“Let Us Pray” – Disturb Us, Lord

Dear Christ Family,

I started a new sermon series this past Sunday in which I’m looking at some of my favorite prayers written over the centuries.  There are so many that I can’t preach about them all, so I want to share a few with you via email this summer.  I hope you’ll take a few moments and pray these for yourself.  Perhaps you may even come to love some of these so much that they become part of your regular prayer life.

One of the first things I was taught in seminary was that the duty of a Christian is:  “To comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.”  In other words, Christ’s people are to be a pastoral presence for those who are hurting and suffering; but to also be a prophetic voice in the world, moving people out of complacency and into living more Spirit-filled lives.  Today’s prayer falls into the latter category.  This prayer has been attributed to Sir Francis Drake, the 16th-century English sea captain.  Let us pray:

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Disturb us, Lord,
When we are too well 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.  Amen.

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