When I first decided to follow Jesus, I didn’t really know what that meant. I was a young pre-teen and just knew that I wanted a personal relationship with Him, not the rules-based, weekly church attendance one I was used to. When we walk with Jesus every day, He calls us to be lights that draw others to Him. Pray this morning prayer to follow Jesus and open your heart to becoming a fisher of men.
“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).
As I start this new day, I am reminded of your call to bring people into your kingdom. I want to live out your teachings in my daily life, but sometimes I’m afraid. Forgive me for sometimes not listening to your Spirit nudging me to talk to someone about you.
Help me to put you first in my life and to follow you with all my heart, just as your disciples did when they left everything behind to follow you. Help me to surrender my own desires and plans to your will, and to walk in the path that you have set before me.
Lord, I know that following you is not always easy. There are times when I am tempted to turn away from your ways and to follow the ways of the world. But I pray that you would help me to resist those temptations and to stay committed to you and your truth.
Give me the courage to take up my cross and follow you, even if it means sacrificing my own comfort and desires. Help me to be obedient to your commandments, to live a life of love, and to serve others with humility. Help me remember that a life following you is not one of rules but of grace. Grace for others and grace for myself.
Lord, I pray that you would give me a heart for the lost, just as you gave to your disciples. Help me to be a fisher of men, sharing your love and truth with those around me who do not yet know you. May my life be a testimony to your grace and may others come to know you through my actions and words.
Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness and your endless grace. Help me to follow you with all my heart and to live out your teachings in my daily life. I pray all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Now listen to this short devotional from Abide based on Matthew 4:19.
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Following Jesus isn’t easy, but it’s always good, because He is good. Tell the story of your journey of faith to someone today as you keep this morning prayer about following Jesus in your heart.