What a Friend we have in Jesus

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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!
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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.
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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 thy friends despise, forsake thee?
  Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He'll take and shield thee,
  Thou wilt find a solace there.
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Mona Lance

Three weeks ago my first born son was killed on his way back to his brother’s house. Never has grief, so deep, caused me to be unable to function. Not only my own, but the grief of my three remaining sons & my grandchildren has shattered my life & devastated the entire family. I cry through the night & can’t sleep. I cry when a kind word is spoken to me, I am inconsolable. I call upon Jesus for help, yet I cannot deal with this crippling loss.

Then today a young friend told me the story of how What a Friend We have in Jesus came into being. I realise Jesus is the only One who can help me so I will turn to the words of this hymn and also prayer He will make me to lie down in green pastures & lead me beside still waters and, in all the experiences of my 70 years will indeed be my closest & dearest Friend.


Steve

Toronto, ON, Canada

Not an imperfection, not a blemish, that is Jesus our friend now and for all eternity.


Obiora Chinwike

Baypoint, California (CA), United States

I have been out of prayer for a while, not having strength to pray and did not know what to do until our morning devotion that ended with this song . Now I now know I can take my weaknesses to God in prayer.


Anonymous

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

My dear Nikki,

My heart aches for you. I am praying for you right now so that God will give you supernatural strength. It doesn't make any sense why things like that happen but we have to keep pushing forward and cling to God especially in our darkest hours. I absolutely feel your sorrow and the only other comforting words I can offer is to know that you will be reunited with your precious little girl again. God be with you and give you supernatural strength and peace. I am praying for you.


Anonymous

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Yamie,

I am praying for you and your family. Please know that your current health condition is not a condemnation. God is merciful INDEED. Please know that. I pray that God will keep you and your family in EXCELLENT health. God still does miraculous things and definitely has the power to heal you and your family. God be with you.


Frank Alcamo

OceansideNY, NY, United States

What a beautiful song and prayer.


Odufa

Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

I've been through a lot but every time I listen to this song, it just reminds me that I can only find a friend in Jesus not in man. Life with friends has been so funny. But there's joy and peace I have when I know there is a friend who never fails, He never speaks negatively about me, He never gossip about me etc. He always guides me through the right path even when I wrong or sin against Him, He still forgives me. He's an everlasting friend!


Layla Pai

Centreville, Virginia, United States

Jesus is our greatest friend and knows our every need, care, and want. Never hesitate to come before Him. Lay the burden on Him. He's our strength and refuge.


Esther

Vanguard, SK, Canada

To Nikki,

Having a child of my own but never even experiencing even a miscarriage I can only begin to imagine but cannot truely fathom the terrible ache that the loss of a child must cause no matter how brief a moment one had with that little one. There are no good words to comfort but these... What we can look to is the absolute confidence that we have in Christ that we will see them again in eternity. "Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18King James Version (KJV)

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


Kaycee Abraham

Lagos, Nigeria

Indeed God is great! I woke up in tears this morning; singing this hymn from the dream world into reality! Indeed the hymn is potent! God be praised forever and may His grace, mercy, favour and wisdom never diminish in our lives in Jesus mighty name and above all.....Heaven At Last!!!