This is the second verse of the classic hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
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.
In this verse, we see some simple, yet powerful, truths that can fuel our prayers of worship and thanksgiving.
The verse begins by asking if we have anything trying or troubling us. Is there someone or something tempting you to sin? Are you having a bad day or season in your life? Do not be discouraged. Go to Jesus in prayer. His yoke is easy and his burden is light! (Matt. 11:18-30)
In the second part of the verse, a question and reminder is given. Is there anybody more faithful than Jesus? He knows the sadness of this fallen world better than all of us- because He took the sins of everyone upon His perfect, sinless, Self! He knows our every weakness; therefore, we can confidently go to the Lord in prayer. He understands!
Some ways we can pray, based on the words of this verse include; praising Jesus for His perfect faithfulness, and for knowing our every weakness and need. We can thank Him for enduring every temptation known to man, and living a perfect life. We can also thank Him for taking our sins to the cross.
Sample Prayer: Lord Jesus, I worship you because you are perfectly faithful. You’ve never forsaken or left me- ever! Thank you for knowing each of my trials, temptations, sorrows, and weaknesses. Thank you for perfectly enduring all the temptations you did during Your earthly life. I confess that I sometimes forget or neglect to bring my praises, sorrows, and troubles to You. Please remind me to do so. Currently, I’m struggling, or need your help with ________. Thank you for being my strength and my shield! Amen.