Paul was an apostle. Yet he needed the prayers of the Corinthian believers if he was to survive.
Paul wanted the Corinthian Christians to know how helpless he had been in a time of crisis. Why was it so important for them to know? What lessons did Paul want them to learn from his experience?
Israel was eager for Egypt's friendship. Why? Because Egypt was wealthy and could offer financial help. But how long would Egypt's wealth last?
Paul experienced pain - huge pain. But through Christ he found huge comfort too. His pain and his comfort - both were for the sake of the whole body of Christ.
In a world where many nations openly hated God's people, Egypt claimed to be a friend. But her friendship was as dangerous, or more so, than their enmity.