Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

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.

Note: Although historians doubt the veracity that this prayer was indeed written by Sir Francis Drake, a 16th century English soldier and explorer, I find the content so profound and applicable to my own personal situation. Thanks to Sir Drake or whoever wrote this prayer. – Roy

Prayer of Sir Francis Drake
Prayer of Sir Francis Drake


  1. It is really very helpful, it reminds me to think of God and of others, thanks for sharing

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