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.
Joshua Amos Oladimeji

Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi, Nigeria

Powerful hymn, Jesus is the hope of the world and eternity.

Valerie Medina Smith

Austin, TX, United States


Jim Smith

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

In the past many of my prayers have been for me, my wants or needs. I have been impressed lately by the power of prayer. I have been burdened for many different people. I have been greatly encouraged by the Lord answering some of my prayers. I have searched the New Testament for pray, prayer, or prayers. I found one verse that really impressed me. It is Col 4:12. It says “always laboring fervently in prayers that you may stand perfect [mature] and complete in all the will of God”. This is a petition I have for many. I believe this is very much on God’s heart according to His will. What a friend we have in Jesus. We can take every thing to Him! He knows what we need to grow. He loves us.

Comfort George Edem

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Many times we forfeit our peace and we suffer needless pains all because we don't carry out problems to Jesus.

Cast all your cares on Him, he is ever ready to lift our burden from us



Thank you

Mark A. Hedtke

Ormond Beach, FL, United States

This was my father's favorite song ! My father, Arnold E. Hedtke, a good father, a good husband, a good man, a good example. I know he is home with Our Father, thank you Lord!


Sparta, NJ, United States

As very young children my sister and I so often heard our Mother singing this hymn that, although we are in our nineties, it still reminds us of His love and the fact that God is only a prayer away! When we go to Him in prayer, He gives us the blessed assurance that he hears every one of our prayers


Hagers Town, MD, United States

brother Smith ~ you will do well to ask God who giveth to all liberally and up braideth not, per our beloved brother James

IMHE to be sure, ’tis no miss step or mis take, nor is your post; for which am so soo glad Jesus’still saying: “… the hour cometh an now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. ”-saintJohn 4. 23-4 . Why there are false prophets many an false worshippers, besides; let us be reminded the 10virgins parable-all virgins were saved! 5 with oil in their proverbial lamps trimmed gained entrance into the marriage supper of the Lamb right—we’re in the dressing room, so to speak right!

Y2K3 Rise Up! O men of God, Pray song loomed large ly now jus this morn hereon th Eastern seaboard th impressive/urgent matter of prayer emphasizes clean hands an pure hearts, harmless and blameless, perfect an entire wanting nothing sons and daughters of God Yah, in this ecumenicalism age; he is specific therein our beloved brother Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian saints, chapter 6, verses 14-7 an remember how that the Thessaloniansaints were mandated to pray without ceasing— now is for those who strive to enter in the strait gate Yah, the narrow way; for Babylon is fallen! is fallen! HALLELUJAH TO JESUS!!!

Humbly, I submit ~sisteregina k

P. S. Ooh sing HALLELUJAH God has made it to me too (⚜️Let us not consider ourselves finished soldiers ~ for we are ever fight ing :).

pls I hope to day has been a blessing for body an your one and only, never-dying soul, brother btw, are you sanctified yet?

Jim Smith

Mansfield, Oh, United States

I tripped over this hymn this morning. I have been a faithful Christian for nearly my whole life. Why now has the Lord been impressing me so much about this matter of prayer?

Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Joseph Scriven endured tragedy upon tragedy in his troubled life. Just as he was about to be married, his fiancée in Ireland fell from her horse while crossing a bridge, and drowned in a lake on the day before the wedding was planned nearly 200 years ago. Scriven, while waiting on the other side of the bridge, watched the tragedy unfold. In his utter grief, the young man decided to quit Dublin and leave for Canada, packed his bags, and left his mother behind. Following a time of pastoring and teaching, he threw himself into obscured charity work… chopping firewood for widows, giving away his clothing to those more needy, and spreading his money to those without any. Some years later, Joseph received word that his mother was enduring her own health crisis. He gathered his creative skills and wrote a poem, which became known eventually as, “What a Friend we have in Jesus. ” This he did for his mother alone, never intending anyone else to see it. But she passed it on to a friend… who published it as a hymn, though at the time, no one knew the author.

At about the same time, Joseph again fell in love and planned his wedding. And once more, tragedy visited him. Joseph’s fiancée contracted tuberculosis… and soon passed away. He continued to bury himself in many charitable endeavors. Much later, not long before his own death, Scriven lay in bed as a friend came to comfort him. The friend, saw next to Joseph’s bed, the poem, “What a Friend we have in Jesus, ” scribbled on a piece of paper. His friend asked him about the poem. Joseph acknowledged that he had composed the poem years earlier for his mother while she was enduring a time of testing. His friend asked him, “Is it true that you wrote this text? ” “The Lord and I did it together, ” he replied, “all my life I’ve been blessed by this hymn as well. A gift to us, born out of the excruciating pain of one another. ”