The disciples realize that the right relationship to the Father (and to Jesus) is sought in prayer. Jesus, like John the Baptist, must have a distinctive insight into prayer flowing from his mission. In response to the disciples’ question, he reveals the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer begins with Jesus’ distinctive address for God, “Father” (Hebrew: Abba), and pray first for the glorification of God’s name on earth and the full establishment of his kingdom. Then it turns to the disciples’ needs: God’s continual protection day by day and his sustaining support in the face of the “final test” at the end of time. Then, God’s forgiveness of us and our forgiveness of others. The story of the midnight visitor and the saying following it are a strong admonition to perseverance in prayer. God always responds to our prayer in ways that are best for us, though not perhaps in ways that we would expect or like. The extravagant examples of the sleeping friend and the father who would give snakes and scorpions to his children drive home the absurdity of thinking of the heavenly Father as harsh or cruel. God wants the best for us—which ultimately is the Holy Spirit, the gift of the age to come (see Acts 2:17). “Ask…seek…knock” are three different descriptions of petitionary prayer; but “seek” also implies the search for the kingdom of God and union with the Father.