Joseph Scriven wrote it well in the first stanza: “What a friend we have in Jesus!” What a great declaration! There can be no better “friend” but one would have to attest by the language and lives of multitudes of church goers in America, they don’t experience this kind of relationship with Jesus.
Mr. Scriven continues his hymn with questions: Trials and temptations…trouble anywhere? Weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer! I could add: “Vile assaults of dark assail you…have lost dreams and promise vanished?” Take these too…our Friend in prayer.
I know of no promise of God that exempts us from hell’s attempts to thwart our path, or excludes us from the tempter’s treachery. There is however, boundless promise that “His yoke is easy and burden light” and even if the temptation lingers, He gives a way of escape that we may be able to bear it” (Medley of Matthew.11:28-30; 1 Corinthians.10:13).
There will come a time as Scriven’s 4th stanza says: “Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer, rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.” But for now, the ability to take His yoke and bear His burden is all made possible, because He is with us in the yoke and the burden, and all this is made real and secured…in prayer.
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