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Sir Francis Drake was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. In 1581 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I for this accomplishment. His poem inspires and challenges us to dream big, to sail out beyond the safety of the shore, and live boldly for God.

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