373a. What a friend we have in Jesus

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.

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.

3 Are we weak and heavy-laden,
burdened with a load of care?
Jesus is our mighty saviour:
he will listen to our prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
take it to the Lord in prayer;
in his arms he will enfold you
and his love will shield you there.

Text Information
First Line: What a friend we have in Jesus
Author: J. M. Scriven (1819-1886)
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: Christ the Friend of Sinners; God's Church: Penitence and Prayer
Tune Information
Name: BLAENWERN
Composer: W. P. Rowlands (1860-1937)
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D
Key: G Major
Notes: Alternative tune: CONVERSE (373b)



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