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!
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.
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.

Jacksonville, FL, United States

I learned this song as a child and it is still such a comfort for me today. It reaches deep into my spirit and gives me reassurance of the unconditional love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What a comfort to have such a loving God.

Blessing Christopher

Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

My best song ever.

Isaac Nyarko Antwi

Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana

Undoubtedly, this great song has inspired many across the globe. This lovely song presents believers the opportunity to have total confidence in the Bright Morning Star and present all our burdens to Him via prayer. I sincerely appreciate the second stanza which draws our attention to Jesus Christ, Our Only True Friend as our solace in hard times. Kudos, Joseph M. Scriven.


Gonzales, TX, United States

I grew up singing this song, but at age 66, the words now are very true. It truly is a privilege to take all to the God of the universe, knowing Jesus, our friend, has parted the way to full access to the throne of grace.

F Jackson

Hayesville, NC, United States

I Googled this song to refresh my memory of the lyrics but I scrolled down to read some comments. What I read was such a great joy and uplift for me that so many people from all over the world have the same experience in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit continue His work in the souls of people everywhere. To God be the glory!!!

Mark D Kokeh

Monrovia, Payensville

I bless the Lord for the directions He has given to all Christians, this song is very much touching I feel the presence of God while is being played and I pray that the Lord will gives you more knowledge in worshiping Him!!

Georgia Drumm

Great Barrington, MA, United States

I am a believer of Jesus as my Lord and Savior. This song is so inspirational.

Mpumelelo Sixhaxa

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

This is my medication to doubt and my reminder that only God is my strength. Nobody else and nothing else but God alone.


Nairobi, Kenya

All time great and encouraging song. Never lose meaning.

Leigh Powell

United Kingdom

I do not believe in the power of prayer, but rather my God who answers prayer said according to His will (1 John 5). Also, born again again Christians are not just friends of God but also brothers and sisters of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8). To be born again we have to recognise, by the Holy Spirit showing us, that we are sinners who need to be saved. On being shown our sinfulness, we must believe that The Lord Jesus bore our sin on the cross, died for us, and rose again from the dead ( as He, as God, did not sin Himself). If we repent and believe the gospel, we receive the Holy Spirit as we become a child of God and are thus born again ( John3 verse 3).

Also, burdens are not lifted by taking everything to God in prayer but only by God himself as we cast all our care upon the Lord (2 Peter 5 verse 8).

Only born again Christians have the spiritual ability to cast all their care upon the Lord, and each New Testament epistle ( letter) was written to born again Christians and they apply only to them.

The only prayer God hears from someone not born again is the prayer of repentance and faith in the gospel (Luke - 'God, be merciful to me a sinner') ..... this man went down justified rather than the self righteous man.

If we feel we are good enough to go to heaven, then we will not go to heaven, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God ( Romans 3 verse 23).