What A Friend We Have In Jesus Lyrics

what a friend we have in jesus lyrics - john m.scriven
what a friend we have in jesus lyrics – john m.scriven

A Friend We Have in Jesus” is a well-known Christian hymn with lyrics written by Joseph M. Scriven in 1855.

The hymn speaks of the comfort and solace that can be found in Jesus Christ during times of trouble and hardship.

Over the years, various artists and musicians have put their own spin on the song, including Paul Baloche, who recorded a popular version of the hymn in 2008.

Baloche’s rendition features a contemporary arrangement with acoustic guitar, piano, and a soaring vocal performance.

What A Friend We Have In Jesus Lyrics

Verse 1

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.

Verse 2

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.

Verse 3

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 your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Verse 4

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bearMay we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayerRapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Facts About What A Friend We have in Jesus Lyrics

Title“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
WriterJoseph M. Scriven
Year of composition1855
Original title“Pray Without Ceasing”
First published1865
GenreChristian hymn
ThemeFinding comfort and solace in prayer and faith
Popularized byCharles Crozat Converse, who composed the melody for the hymn in 1868
Notable covers and adaptationsPaul Baloche, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Elvis Presley, and more
LanguageOriginally written in English, translated into many languages worldwide
Biblical referencesReferences to Jesus as a friend, the importance of prayer, and finding solace in Him
LegacyOne of the most beloved and widely sung Christian hymns of all time

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