The Christian fisherman's prayer is for those who are in the business of leading others to Christ. A "Fisher," a "fisherwoman" or a "fisherman" is someone who catches fish in a net, uses a fishing rod, a spear, or even a crossbow to catch fish. He or she either eats, sells, or keeps as a trophy what he or she acquires. Many fishers photograph and then release their catch. Some fishermen gather shellfish from the sea, a lake, or a river. There are about 38 million commercial and subsistence men, women, and children fishing worldwide, not counting the production of fish from fish farms. Every day around the world, fishing provides basic sustenance and nourishment for millions. In Jesus' day, the people around him would have been very familiar with the whole process of fishing, much more so than people today. "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 stand out on the sidewalk and encourage people by grabbing them by the arm to come into their shop to buy a shirt or suit or a hat. They are also fishermen. Fishing for people is something that every Christian needs to do appropriately. It is our calling and our task, about which we should pray.✞
"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 will be judged, good enough to keep."