Shake up our faith, Lord!

Prayer for Spiritual Revival

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.

— Sir Francis Drake (1540 – 1596)


I read this poem quite recently and it spoke vehemently to me. How often in the recent past had I asked Him to “disturb me”, to push me out my comfort zone so I would lose all sense of self-worth and rely only on His grace? When did I last revel in my problems knowing that His power was made perfect in that moment of my weakness?

The poem strongly reminds me of the analogy of ‘stepping out of the boat’ that Peter experienced in Matthew 14:29. A moment of ABSOLUTE trust in the Father – where he had no hope of relying on any of his own talents/skills, where Peter was so out of his depth he could do nothing but cling tight to Him as his lifeline.

What bliss to be shaken from our comfort and to see our faith and our very souls stretched under His expert guidance; to know we go beyond anything we could ever have achieved under our own steam. So, ‘Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,/ To venture on wider seas/ Where storms will show your mastery…’


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