What a Friend we have in Jesus!

A faithful friend is a sure shelter, whoever finds one has found a rare treasure.
A faithful friend is something beyond price, there is no measuring his worth.

A faithful friend is the elixir of life, and those who fear the Lord will find one.

Whoever fears the Lord makes true friends, for as a man is, so is his friend.

Ecclesiasticus 6 : 14-17

Frank, my dearest friend (my oldest friend!), is not in the best of form at the moment, and we are all praying that he will be blessed with a return to full health as quickly as possible.

The seeds of our friendship were sown 58 years ago when we were both at nursery school together. Since Christmas Frank’s health crisis has renewed our friendship in a very special way.

Frank is blessed with an almost photographic memory so it is little wonder that we spend time reminiscing about our younger years. We also openly discuss faith issues and it is a wonderful blessing to be able to share in prayer and connect in this way with a friend.

But we all know that when two or more are gathered in prayer there is another friend who is present – and what a friend he is; a friend of tax collectors and sinners, a friend to betrayers, a friend to the sick, a friend who wants to heal, a friend to the poor and despised, a friend who forgives transgressions, a friend who removes our blindness, a friend who lays down his own life so that we may live forever.

What a friend we have in Jesus!

The Mother of our Friend is always calling us to remain friends with her Son, inviting us to draw closer to him so that he can become our greatest friend. She says that when Jesus is our friend, then we will be happy and when this true friendship is realised then no storm can ever destroy it. Friendship is forever…

Let little Jesus reign in your hearts and only then when Jesus is your friend will you be happy… November 25, 1993

Open your heart and give time to God so that He will be your friend. When true friendship with God is realised, no storm can destroy it… June 25, 1997

Place God in the first place, then the risen Jesus will become your friend… March 25, 1999

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 Saviour, 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.

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

• This poem was written by Joseph Scriven in the first half of the 19th Century. It was discovered after his death in 1955 and was originally titled: Pray Without Ceasing. In 1868 it was set to music by Charles Converse who renamed it: What a Friend we have in Jesus.


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