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Series: Luis Palau | What a Friend we have in Jesus

Have you heard the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus?” Well this week on Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” we are going to dive into the rich spiritual truth found in this song. Luis helps us to understand the privilege we have to serve a God who loves us so much.

The Gift of the Present Friday, September 20, 2019

We all know someone who is living in the past. The person who has the regrets they won’t stop talking about. And we all know someone who is living in the future. That’s the person who is constantly worried about what’s to come. But the gift of Jesus, is really the gift of the present.

What I mean is, as believers, we know that Jesus died for our sins. The cross has removed the shame and guilt of our past. And because of the cross, Jesus wiped our slate clean. And we know that our future is secure, because of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Nothing that happens tomorrow will detract from our eternity in Heaven.

So, as followers of Jesus, we have the gift of today. We have only today. And our job, according to the Bible, is to live for Jesus right here, and right now. Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation”. Our call is to share the message of salvation.  When should we do it? Today.

If God opens the door today, will you share about Jesus? Don’t wait for tomorrow, or worry about the past. Reach your world today.

This is Andrew Palau.

Weak and Heavy Laden Thursday, September 19, 2019

“Are we weak and heavy laden? Cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.” You may recognize these words from one of my favorite hymns, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

You know, many people today are carrying a heavy load. Painful relationships. Broken hearts. Disappointments. Guilt. If that’s you, turn to Jesus right now. Not tomorrow, not this Sunday – now! Take your struggles to Him in prayer. Jesus Christ is a faithful friend who wants to listen to your troubles and the pain of your heart and give you comfort.

The Psalmist writes, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…”

I lived in a very dangerous country with my wife and three of our boys when we were missionaries.  And we received threats quite often.  My wife and boys were left alone because I traveled a lot.  I simply prayed and trusted every time a thought of fear crept into my heart.  I would turn it to the Lord and pray to the Lord.  “The angel of the Lord,” it says, “encamps around those who fear Him” and he protects them and defends them.

Share the Good News of our loving Savior with a hurting friend today.  You never know – you may lead them to faith in Jesus Christ.  And there’s no greater joy than that.

This is Luis Palau.

A Faithful Friend Wednesday, September 18, 2019

So many people are lonely these days. Young people, who are so connected through technology, can sometimes be the loneliest of all. Even with lots of online friends, some can feel that no one truly knows them. That no one really cares.

If you feel lonely, or if you know someone who does, I would like to recommend the old hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” If you feel lonely, I want you to know you are never alone. The hymn says, “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.” Even if you have plenty of friends, you will never find a friend as faithful as our Lord Jesus Christ.

Since I was ten years old, Jesus Christ truly allowed me to be called His friend.  I’ve never given up.  Now that I’m a grandpa he is a better friend than He ever was.  As a kid we sang:  “The best friend to have is Jesus, the best friend to have is Jesus,” and He’s still my friend after 70 years.

Timothy writes, “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” What a beautiful reminder of God’s faithfulness to us. There truly is no greater friend than Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

Forfeited Peace Tuesday, September 17, 2019

I love all the rich spiritual truth found in Christian hymns. One of my favorites is “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” I’m sure you’ve heard it. “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” Are you anxious? Going through a difficult time? You know, I believe it’s true that we actually choose to forfeit peace when we do not spend time in prayer. When we do not pray about everything.

I’m praying right now for one of the major cities in the world.  We’re preparing for a great festival, where we will proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ to literally millions of people, if we do it well.  And I get anxious at times.  But every time it happens, I turn it inward to the Lord who lives within me, and I talk to the heavenly Father in His name, and peace comes back.

St. Paul writes in Philippians, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What a promise that is!

Isn’t it amazing that God not only listens to our prayers, but gives us peace beyond understanding? Share this truth with a hurting friend today, and you will be blessed and they will too.

This is Luis Palau

A Privilege Monday, September 16, 2019

I love the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” There is a line in it that says “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.” And you know, I like that. Because I think it’s easy for people to think that spiritual disciplines like prayer are drudgery. That we have to read the Bible, that we have to go to church, that we have to pray. But this hymn says it so well- it is actually a privilege! It is an amazing thing that the God of the universe wants to hear our talking to Him. That He listens to us. That He speaks to us also. That we can talk to God any time of day or night. He is, after all, our heavenly Father.

Psalm 145:18 says, "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” I want to be close to the Lord, don’t you?

Let’s never forget the privilege it is to talk to Almighty God. And may we seek God’s face all the days of our lives. In prayer we gain wisdom also, and direction by the Holy Spirit. And wisdom is just what you and I need as we go out to reach our world in this generation with the Good News of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

This is Luis Palau

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This Weeks Offer



Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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Go Share the Gospel

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis discusses why and how to share the Good News in our everyday lives.