The Christian fisherman's prayer or the Christian fisher's prayer is for those who are in the business of leading others to Christ. A "fisherman" or "fisher" is someone who catches fish in a net or with a fishing rod or even a spear to either eat, sell or keep as a trophy. Some fishermen gather shellfish from the sea, a lake or a river. It is estimated that there are about 38 million commercial and subsistence men, women and children fishing worldwide not counting fish farms. Jesus and the people around him would have been very familiar with the whole process of fishing, much more so than people today. Every day however, fishing provides basic subsistence and nourishment for millions. "Come, follow me," Jesus said in Matthew 4.19, "and I will send you out to fish for people." In New York city, shop owners would stand out on the sidewalk and encourage people even grabbing them by the arm to come into their shop to buy a shirt or suit or a hat. They were fishermen. Fishing for people is something that every Christian also needs to do in an appropriate manner. It is our calling and our task.✞
"God grant that I may live to fish, until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray.
When in the Lord's safe landing net, I'm peacefully asleep.
That I be judged, good enough to keep."