The twentieth century saw an explosion of growth in the Church. We can now find Christians in nearly every country of the world, if not all. Some suffer discrimation and persecution. Others live fairly comfortable lives. But we are all one Body in Christ, called to serve him joyfully in his strength. This prayer penned by Desmond Tutu invites us to dare great things for God and live for him and his eternal Kingdom, whatever our circumstances might be. There is so much work yet to be done!

Disturb us, O Lord

when we are too well-pleased with ourselves
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little,
because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, O Lord

when with the abundance of things we possess,
we have lost our thirst for the water of life
when, having fallen in love with time,
we have ceased to dream of eternity
and in our efforts to build a new earth,
we have allowed our vision of Heaven to grow dim.

Stir us, O Lord

to dare more boldly, to venture into wider seas
where storms show thy mastery,
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

In the name of him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes
and invited the brave to follow,
Jesus our Lord.


Throughout This Day: Ask yourself if you are willing to embrace the challenge of obeying Christ fully in the power of the Spirit: anywhere, anytime, anything, at any cost. Take the challenge to find out what this kind of life might look like.

References: Prayer for Lent by Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

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