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.
William Blackson

Clinton, Maryland, United States

This song gives me so much hope that all I have to do is take my pain and suffering to HIM and leave it in His hands that HE will lift this the pain and suffering and revive me and know that I have a friend in HIM. I ask GOD to revive our nation and get back to being a Blessed nation under God for which we as brothers and sisters must come together as 1 not 2. I love You all in the Name of Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen!

Ulander Russell

Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas

I am so grateful for a song such as this which I know was under the anointing and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The way the world is going right now with all the evil principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places infiltrating our world through conservative so called Christian music etc.

This song gives me so much comfort that I can not only talk to our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST but also he will never leave me nor forsake us, as HIS spirit dwells with in me.


Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

Born September 10th Dublin Ireland. Died August 10th , 1866, Joseph Scriven penned a hymn that a century later is still a classic.

The background of this hymn reveals the love and faith Joseph had for His Father God amidst the tragic circumstances of his life.

The day before his wedding, he was to meet his fiancée along the banks of the river near his home. Her horse was spooked and threw her head first into the river where she drowned. Unable to forget the tragedy, in 1845 at age 25, He moved to Ontario Canada where he began to take care of the poor, the widows and the sick. The people of the town of Port Hope called him the Good Samaritan.

In 1844, he met the niece of a sea captain whose children he was tutoring. They were to be married in the spring of 1845. Weeks before their wedding Eliza, his fiancé contracted pneumonia and despite all his efforts to save her, she died.

When his mother fell gravelly ill, he wrote a poem “ Pray without ceasing” which later was changed to “What a friend we have in Jesus” br Charles C. Converse. It was published anonymously and for the next 10 years it remained so until Joseph revealed to a neighbor he had written it.

Joseph died at the age of 66. His body was found in the shore of the lake near Port Hope. He was buried next to his second fiancé Eiiza.

Cynthia Norfleet-Jackson

Statesboro, GA, United States

Praise the LORD! Hallelujah! GOD is so good! Thank You Jesus for always being my friend. Thank you for your comments for it shows that we all are friends in Jesus no matter where we are because we all Love Him. Praise GOD!

Malaika Carol


As I woke this morning, this song was in my mind and spirit. Thank You Jesus for I have a Friend You.

This song has always been a blessing to me, even much so this morning. I know as I take everything to the Lord in prayer, I will find peace and solace in His arms.

Bikumbi Asuman

Kampala, Uganda

I feel encouraged whenever I sing this song.

It pushes me into a deep prayer.


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.