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.
Richard Butler

Tamworth, Staffs, United Kingdom

This is the hymn I have chosen for my Baptism on Easter Sunday. I lost my wife last year to cancer and God has helped me through the bad times. I now want to commit my life to Him through Baptism.


I was going through some rough times and when I prayed and took it to God, He came through for me. My boss was singing this song and it took me back to the needless pain and suffering I went through before finally letting God take over. THEY ARE AMAZING, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Pete Andrianakos

Denver, Colorado, United States

i absolutely must know that Jesus is my best friend. He is the only one who will stick by me. I must focus on sticking by Him. Anyone who reads... I have said a prayer for all who listen to this. please pray for me. I have this one sin that I have struggled with since my 13th birthday. I am certain that if I will walk with Christ and let Him be my victory, I will have the wife and family my heart has been longing for. yes Jesus must be my greatest longing. pray that I make Him that. God bless!!!!


Enfield, North London, United Kingdom

Love this hymn. We had it at my mum's funeral back in 2009. Been humming it all day.


Fairburn, GA, United States


Dike Donatus

Aba, Abia, Nigeria

I am really privileged to have such a friend in Jesus.


Lusaka, Zambia

My favourite song in times of trials and tribulations. I am a proud Presbyterian.

Alan John Hutton

Closeburn Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, United Kingdom

I heard this in a dream last night and it awoke me and made me restless. I went on the internet and when I read the words to last verse, boy did I relate to that. So do not anyone tell me that I was not sent a message as it was so appropriate at the moment and no I am not deeply religeous but this has really moved me.


Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

Very sweet and encouraging hymn for all human being to know the real meaning of A FRIEND. My Nanu i.e. Grandfather loves this song very veryyyy much. I LOVE JESUS.

Ricardo Diedericks

Cape Town, South Africa

(What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer) We are so lucky to have a God that we can depend on.