“What a Friend We Have In Jesus”
I grew up singing this song. But Sunday morning we revisited it. I hadn’t sung it in quite a while and at first I started to just go through the motions, singing the comfortable words written on the recesses of my mind.
But, half way through those familiar words began to prick my heart. After a difficult week where worry of the present and the future dominated my mind instead of prayer and thanksgiving, I came to the end of the week anxious, weary and at a lack of peace.
And then, as the melody swirled around me, these words came out of my mouth and then my ears finally had ears to hear.
“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!”
I have forfeited peace all week long. Clinging to my worries. Clinging to my boyfriend. Clinging to my family. Clinging to my friends. Clinging to my job. Clinging to everything but Christ.
Notice the song doesn’t say the troubles are taken away, it simply says that while in our trouble we are granted peace and a friend to lean on.
Prayer is personal and thats what God wants. He wants to have that relationship. He is our friend. He is our Savior. He grants us peace even as we deal with the hardships of life.
Dear Lord. You know I’ve been worried about the future. Family. Finances. Debt. Savings. Work…and the list goes on. Lord don’t let me forfeit peace anymore. Let me give you any sinful or irrational thought. Help me remember scripture more than I remember my worry. Help me to remember your promises before I dwell on my situation. Help me to turn from sin, while dwelling on your mercy, grace and hope.
Lord, let me choose your peace, your friendship over any difficult circumstance and any anxious thought. Let me wake each morning confident in your promises and go to bed each night having seen your faithfulness throughout the day.
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night…”