It’s a challenge for us to live in the ways that your Son taught us by his life and his words. We have to pay close attention to our lives and we must try hard to do what we know we should do.
Help us to develop the discipline to pay such attention and to give such effort.
But we want and need to move beyond having to try so hard. We want and need to get to a place where such living flows naturally out of who we are.
So help us to grow in you so that living as Jesus taught us to live becomes a reflex for us. Help us to become, way down deep in our true selves, who we are meant to be in you, so that showing love, exhibiting grace, practicing mercy, and having hope become natural to us.
Even then, help us to keep practicing the disciplines that help us to keep growing in you so that our reflexes will remain sharp.