What A Friend We Have In Jesus – hymn

This title is somewhat misleading – this hymn should be titled something like “Pray About Everything”.  Read through the lyrics. Take a minute and really read them.

What A Friend We Have In Jesus
lyrics – Joseph Scriven – 1855
music – Charles C Converse – 1868

1 What a friend we have in Jesus,What A Friend We Have In Jesus
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer!

2 Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer!

3 Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge–
take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
you wilt find a solace there.


Do you see the relationship between prayer and care? If we are praying, God is hearing. He’ll “shield you.” You will find “solace.” You will have your sorrow shared and you will have your pain borne by one who truly cares.

God tells us often in His word to bring our cares to Him. We are given examples of prayer and reminded to prayer without ceasing. Pray over everything and be concerned about nothing.

  • 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5: 16-18
  • Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7
  • Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
  • Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34

May you find that Friend who is interceding for you once you have taken Him on in baptism.

At Home.



2 thoughts on “What A Friend We Have In Jesus – hymn

  1. Annette V May 17, 2017 at 8:47 pm Reply

    I grew up singing this song with my girls group. 🙂

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