What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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What a friend we have in Jesus,

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All ours sins and griefs to bear,

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What a privilege to carry

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Everything to God in prayer!

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O what peace we often forfeit,

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O what needless pain we bear,

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All because we do not carry

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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 Saviour 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.


By Joseph M.Scriven (1820-1886) and Charles C. Converse (1832-1918)