When we pray, what we pray about is very important – it reveals something about us. The content of our prayers says more a lot about us. It tells about our relationship with God. What we pray for reflects what we believe about God. If we only pray for ourselves, it probably says that you think God primarily exists for us only.
So, take a moment and do a prayer audit. If God would answer all the prayers you have been making, how would the world be different? uh huh, I am a victim but now I know better. More than enough times, it has always been about me. But now I know better. Other than praying to God to keep me safe and help me have a good day, I go deeper!
I want to encourage you (and possibly stretch your mind) by bringing to your attention a prayer by Sir Francis Drake. When I read this prayer, it stretched me from just praying comfortable prayers to making bold prayers, prayers that are aided by faith – only faith. Prayers that interrupt my selfish plans – and I know, God will direct me toward His will.
Prayer of Sir Francis Drake (1540–96)
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.
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