Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Now those of us who are strong [spiritually] should put up with [or, help] the failings of [spiritually] weak people, and not [simply] do what pleases ourselves.
2 Corinthians 12:5
I will boast on behalf of this person, but I will not boast about myself [anymore], except about my weaknesses.
For we do not have a head priest who is incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but One [i.e., Jesus] who has been tempted in every way that we have, and yet without sinning.
He is able to gently put up with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to [the same spiritual] weaknesses.
But Jesus replied to her, "You [really] do not know what you are asking for. Are you able to drink the cup [i.e., of suffering] that I am about to drink?" They [i.e., James, John and their mother. See Mark 10:35ff] answered, "[Yes] we are able to."
And it happened as Jesus finished praying at a certain place that one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us [how] to pray, just like John [the Immerser] taught his disciples."
[When] you do ask, you do not receive it, because you ask from wrong motives, [just] so you can satisfy your own pleasures.
For you did not receive the Holy Spirit, to enslave you again to fear, [Note: Some translators take "Holy Spirit" here to be "spirit," making the verse say "you did not receive the spirit of slavery"], but you received the Holy Spirit [who produces] sonship, so we can call out, "Abba", [which means] "Father."
For it will not be you who speaks, but [rather] the Holy Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you.
And because you are [His] children, God sent the Holy Spirit of His Son into our hearts, to call out, "Abba," [which means] "Father."
For through Him we [Jews and Gentiles] both have access to the Father by means of one Holy Spirit.
[Then] offer all kinds of prayers and requests in [harmony with] the Holy Spirit at all times, and be alert constantly in making requests for all the saints [i.e., God's holy people].
But, you dearly loved ones, build yourselves up [spiritually] on [the foundation of] your most sacred faith; pray in [the power of] the Holy Spirit.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body doomed to [spiritual] death?
And He became anguished as He prayed more fervently; even His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
2 Corinthians 5:2
For indeed, we groan while in this "house," longing to be covered over by our heavenly dwelling place,
2 Corinthians 12:8
I pled with the Lord about this matter three times, that He would remove this problem from me.