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.
Ben Adu

Kumasi, Ghana

I simply love this song, especially the last stanza.


Milwaukee, WI

I absolutely love this hymn, and sing it often during my morning devotions with the Lord. When I personalize it, by replacing words like we, our, and such; with I and my...it becomes a prayer that I sing to the Lord and it stirs my heart every time! Praise God for His Faithfulness!

Linda Yarrow

Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom

I woke up one morning recently and this hymn came to my mind, I had not heard this hymn for many years but as I sang through this hymn sitting here at my computer, the words 'Can we find a friend so faithful' made me cry because of my experience over the last three years of realising that people who I thought were friends turned out not to be, and the words in the third verse 'Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?' I did not realise these words were in this hymn. I believe God was saying that He knows what I have suffered and understands the pain that I have been through. This is a lovely hymn.


Fostoria, MI, United States

This song gives me comfort and peace! Great reminder to take everything to Him in prayer! He is always there to listen.


Haleyville, AL, United States

This is actually a letter written from the writer to his mother that was used as a hymn. (Joseph Scriven). Go to YouTube and watch the story of him. This was a man of faith toward God and trusted so much. The story is heart felt and great history of the writing.

Margaret Brown

Falkirk, United Kingdom

It is only since last year that I have realised that there is so much truth in this hymn. Jesus is our Faithful Friend. One who will listen, guide and teach us. One who will comfort in time of need. One who will strengthen us. Yes, we can lose out on so much if we do not believe or trust in Jesus' ability to accomplish all that that we ask of Him. What a Saviour, what Friend. Let us sit at the feet of the Saviour as Mary did. Let nothing distract us from hearing from our Lord and faithful Friend.


Mombasa, Coast, Kenya

An awesome song...loving it all time.



It's 8:12am and I woke up with this song on my mind, a song I grew up singing as a child, at church, and frequently sung at home during devotion. There's been so much pain in my life for the last 3 years, especially mistreatment at work. I've been trying to fight the battles on my own. I'm so thankful to God this morning for reminding me to take it all to Him in prayer. I feel so much love and care coming from God through the words of this song. I am encouraged. Lord I thank You.


London, United Kingdom

It's 2.30am and it's been a restless night so far, but praises be to GOD the gentle melody of 'what a friend we have in Jesus' breaks over my soul like the soothing summer breeze. I am reminded that my soul's anguish can be averted by taking the matter to the Lord in prayer, for He cares for me. Thank You Holy Spirit.

Francisca Effiom

Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Indeed what a friend we have in Jesus. He is ever ready to carry every burden we place on Him. Thank You Jesus for this great provision. I know that even as I sing this song, the Holy Spirit will take over. I don't need to bear any pain and forfeit my peace for He will extend peace to me. Hallelujah!!!!