From Fisherman to Fisher of Men

Bob Hellyer
Michael Jr.

Prayer, v., 1. an address to God, or a god, in word or thought, an earnest request or wish, 2. the act or practice of praying to God, or a god. 

Acts 1:13-14 (NLT)

When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying. Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the zealot), and Judas (son of James). They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.

Acts 4:19-20 (MSG)

 “Whether it’s right in God’s eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. As for us, there’s no question—we can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard.”

Acts 4:24 (NIV)

"When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God."

Acts 4:31 (HCSB)

"When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness."

Matthew 26:31-35 (NLT)

On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’  But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”  Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.”  “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same."

Matthew 26:40-41 (NLT)

"Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?  Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Matthew 26:42-43 (NLT)

Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away[a] unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.

Practice,v.,: to perform an activity, or exercise a skill repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.”

  1. Successful prayer begins with being in a right relationship with Jesus. 

John 9:31 (NLT)

"We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will."

Proverbs 15:29 (NLT)

"The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous."

Acts 2:1,4 (NLT)

"On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one placeAnd everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit…."

Acts 2:37-38 (NLT)

 "Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”  Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

2 Corinthians 1:22 (NLT)

"and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us."

2. Successful prayer is hindered by any unconfessed sin in our lives. 


Psalm 66:18 (NLT)

"If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Isaiah 59:2 (NLT)

"It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore."

Psalm 139:24 (NLT)

"Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life."

Joshua 1:8 (NLT)

"Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do."

 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (AMP)

be unceasing and persistent in prayer;"

1 Peter 3:10-12 (NLT)

For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”[a]


1 John 1:9 (ESV)

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

3. Pray according to the will of God you will have greater success in your prayer life. 

1 John 5:14 (NASB)

 "This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us."

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do,

and he will show you which path to take."

Micah 6:8 (NLT)

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)

1 Peter 2:15 (NIV)

Hebrews 13:20-21 (NLT)

4. Successful prayer needs to involve an unwavering faith. 

Lamentations 3:21-23 (NLT)

"Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning."

Acts 12:5 (NLT)

1 John 5:14-15 (NLT)

Matthew 26:42 (NLT)

Psalm 119:105 (ESV)