I follow the Radical Rabbi named Jesus, but I am too safe, too comfortable, too undisturbed. I hang the Do Not Disturb sign on the door of my life because I don’t like my comfort, safety and status quo living being interrupted by the turbulence of big dreams, the deep waters of radical obedience, the rough seas of suffering, and the dark nights of uncertain adventures.
The other day, I ran across a prayer, written by Sir Frances Drake (explorer and naval pioneer during the Elizabethan era), that disturbed me. This prayer affected my spiritual equilibrium so much, that I want to share it with you, in hopes that it will disturb you like it did me. Don’t just gloss over the words; sit with it for a minute and then spend some time, dissecting and parsing its content. Then ask God to help you identify “smooth sailing” areas of your life. Next, ask him to disturb the places in your life where you are safe, comfortable, undisturbed. Here’s the prayer:
In what areas have you become too comfortable and need to pray: “Lord, disturb me?” In what areas in your life have you been traveling too close to shore and need to pray: “Lord, disturb me?”
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