Romans 8:26: 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.

I have had a one-track mind about the above passage. I treated it as if the word infirmities ended with a y instead of ies. I only thought about the fact that the Holy Spirit helps us with our prayers. But the word is plural. I have had and still have a lot of infirmities, both physical and spiritual. Since I have been saved I have been aware that He has helped me and many others with infirmities multitudes of times. When He helps our infirmity in prayer we pray about our other infirmities and He then helps with them too. The passage has become a multiplied blessing to me. How about you?

Matthew Henry*s Concise Commentary:

Though the infirmities of Christians are many and great, so that they would be overpowered if left to themselves, yet the Holy Spirit supports them. The Spirit, as an enlightening Spirit, teaches us what to pray for; as a sanctifying Spirit, works and stirs up praying graces; as a comforting Spirit, silences our fears, and helps us over all discouragements. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all desires toward God, which are often more than words can utter. The Spirit who searches the hearts, can perceive the mind and will of the spirit, the renewed mind, and advocates his cause. The Spirit makes intercession to God, and the enemy prevails not.

2 Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Adam Clarke*s Commentary:

Will I rather glory in my infirmities: His infirmities do not mean his corruptions, or sins, or sinfulness of any kind; for it would be blasphemous for any man to say, I will rather glory that God leaves my corruptions in me, than that he should take them away.

Brethren NT Commentary:

For my strength is made perfect in weakness: God manifests his greatest power through weak instruments, that the power may show itself more clearly to be His. So with Paul; the Lord sustained him without removing the affliction, and gave him power to endure through his ministerial labors, showing fully his power and Paul*s faith.

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