When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” (Luke 5:4, NLT)
Help me to be faithful in little things like cleaning nets, knowing that they could be your way of preparing me for greater things – like fishing for men.
Help me to obey simply and solely “because you say so.” And keep me from thinking that since I have fished a few waters that somehow I know better than you the course my life should take and the place my nets should be dropped.
Call me, Lord, out from a shallow faith near the shore, which requires no risks and offers no rewards. Call me to a deeper commitment to you.
And when you call, grant that I would be quick in my boat, swift to my oars, and fast with my nets. And I pray, grant me the eyes to see who it is who labors by my side – an awesome and almighty God.
Take me to a place where I have worked hard by my own strength and yet ended up with empty nets. Take me there to show me the depths of your dominion and the net-breaking fullness of your power.
Keep me ever aware that you are Lord. And ever aware that I am sinful person. And in that knowledge keep me ever on my knees before you.
At your bidding, O Master, I will let down my nets. And at your bidding, I will leave them forever behind. For what you have to offer is infinitely more than all the seas of this world ever could …..
(taken from Moments With The Savior, by Ken Gire – page 109)