Help us to grow in our obedience today.
Do not allow us to settle for an obedience that comes from trying to follow the rules, even the rules that we find or think we find in your Book.
Instead, help us to grow into an obedience that comes from—
--your love for us that calls forth our love for you;
--your Spirit in us that teaches and guides us;
--your Son in us who inspires us to a life of sacrifice and service; and
--your grace and mercy in us that causes us to display grace and mercy.
Help us to grow into an obedience that goes beyond keeping the rules to having a heart that reflects your heart so that our obedience will emerge from our relationship with you.