12:8 the Lord. Paul’s usual expression to refer to Christ, not to God the Father. Although prayers in the New Testament are most often directed to God the Father, this is an example of prayer directed to Christ (others are in Acts 1:24; 7:59; 1 Cor. 16:22; Rev. 22:20). It is striking that in his “boasting” Paul testifies about a request God did not fulfill.