Posted by: Toni Sprandel | February 14, 2013

What a friend we have in Jesus

I have a clock in my dining room that plays 3 different hymns.  Our daughter and son-in-law gave me the clock for Christmas and I love it.  One of the hymns it plays is “What a friend we have in Jesus”.  Each time it plays, every three hours, I stop what I’m doing and listen.  It isn’t a hugely popular hymn anymore, in fact, I don’t believe I had heard it in about 15 years before I got the clock.   This hymn was written by Joseph M. Scriven in 1855 and the words are still appropriate for us today.  What wonderful truths it shares.  The first verse is priceless, look at the words:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

The following is the second verse from the song:

 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.

We will never have a friend who is more faithful and present than Jesus.  There is no problem or issue too big for Him to solve.  There is no weight or guilt that He can’t carry for us.  Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus already knows our weaknesses and is still our friend?  We have nothing to hide, He created us, He knows us intimately.

The song exhorts us to “take it to the Lord in prayer”.  Four times in those two verses we are encouraged to go to the LORD in prayer.  Prayer doesn’t have to be at church, or sitting down with our hands folded.  Prayer can happen anytime anyplace.  Just like we call a friend to share with them the good, bad and ugly of our day, Jesus stands ready, willing and waiting for us to come to Him. 

What a friend we have in Jesus!

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